Peterson Pilgrim Cover RGBA letter that helped to convict a Nazi war criminal…

A squeegee handle that saved the lives of half a dozen people on 9/11…

A set of stairs that saved hundreds more…

These ordinary objects played a role in some extraordinary stories.

These stories are also some of the features that you’ll find in the first issue of my new magazine, Peterson Pilgrim. I will be publishing this full-color magazine on an irregular basis, but hopefully at least twice per year. If you’d like to receive a free copy of Peterson Pilgrim, plus my blog, you can do that by clicking here. The design by Irenka Carney is stunning.

The Survivors' Stairs, 9/11 Museum, New York City

The Survivors’ Stairs, 9/11 Museum, New York City

The cover story for the first issue features William Still, father of the Underground Railroad. Most people know the name of Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. But most probably haven’t heard of Still. His reunion with his long-lost brother is as remarkable as the stories he gathered from escaped slaves.

In addition to Still’s story, the first issue features other history/travel stories, based on wanderings with my wife, Nancy. For instance, Peterson Pilgrim takes you to three countries that still show the scars of their Soviet years—Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. I’ll also tell you about our visit to the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest, where we discovered the poignant story of Jenő Reich. Closer to home, I’ll take you to the 9/11 Museum in New York City and relate the stirring account of survivor Kayla Bergeron.

So, come along with Nancy and me, as we take you across the world in Peterson Pilgrim. As the Peanuts cartoon in my office says, “In life, it’s not where you go—It’s who you travel with.”

Come travel with us.


Doug Peterson

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