Current Work


  • Completing research of early seventeenth century English merchantman Master Richard Williams alias Cornish executed in James Cittie, Jamestown, Virginia Colony.

Most Recently:

  • Article Published April 2021 – In details rediscovered by Arlene’s research, a reminder of the violence and hardship of the American West, The Stolen Gelding of Dillman Canyon brings to life the fascinating but until now forgotten details about what actually on the 1890 summer night a horse was stolen and the story of the pursuit that was carried by newspapers nationwide. The fully cited article is available here.
  • Formerly regular contributor, Them Dam Writers Grand Coulee, Washington. Them Dam Writers publication has been put on hiatus. Arlene looks forward to writing for Them Dam Writers again.
  • Article Published March 2020 – Due to Arlene’s original research of Grand Coulee settler, Catherine Northrup, she was invited by author, Historian, and editor J. Kemble, to write for the Grand Coulee, Washington historical publication, Them Dam Writers. Began in 1985, Them Dam Writers is a regional history journal. Her first piece for Them Dam Writers, ‘John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II‘ is about fellow Grand Coulee settler and Catherine Northrup’s brother, John Sam, who reportedly shot and killed a man. The fully cited article is available here.
  • Book pitch submitted to The Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut, agent at large with the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency (New York) and author; and David Henry Sterry journalist, author, and actor; for Arlene’s historical non-fiction Richard Williams alias Cornish book. They reviewed and critiqued it. You can listen in to their live review of her pitch during the Small Group Webinar held May 11, 2017 on YouTube. Arielle Eckstut and David Henry’s review begins at time stamp 18:30 in the video and ends at 24:05.
  • Completed research on late nineteenth century homesteader James Dillman, who saved his family from the Range Wars in the American West, only to then encounter a tragedies., followed by another, and more.
  • Completed research on American Civil War and Nez Perce War survivor and Washington State settler, Catherine Northrup, who after the turn of the century was murdered.

From the Editors of the publications which feature Arlene’s work:

A heartfelt goodbye, March 31, 2021, from the Editor of Them Dam Writers thanking contributors and the community that makes it possible. Arlene enjoyed contributing and looks forward to working with Them Dam Writers again.
Again, on International Women’s Day, 2021 Global Maritime History gave props to its female writers.
Dr. Sam McLean for Global Maritime History on Twitter gave Global Maritime Hisotry's female historians props.
On International Women’s Day, 2020, co-founder and Editor of Global Maritime History, Dr. Sam McLean, saluted Global Maritime History’s women Staff Writers, including Arlene (she is @pencilnubs on Twitter), in response to the University of Portsmouth’s Naval History Masters degree program pointing out the importance of the number of women researching, writing about, and teaching naval history, today.