Voices from the Past: American Heroines in their Own Words {Giveaway}

Audio resources are a valuable resource for our family. From books to lectures there is an abundance of information available and we find that every week we spend time listening and learning from others through audio.

This collection from Western Conservatory offers something unique in today’s gender blurring society, examples of women who faced hardship with strength, danger with courage and failure with fortitude and rather than abandoning their God-given role and taking things into their own hands, they used the beautiful gift of femininity to fulfill the callings for which they were created.

Voices from the Past: American Heroines in their Own Words offers girls examples of brave women who are strong and capable without forsaking their God-given role as help meet. They brought beauty to dirt floors and rough cabins, rested in their God through separation and war and loved in the midst of failure.

The titles in this collection are:

  • Abigail Adams: Her Letters (3 CDs)
  • The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (2 CDs)
  • An English Family in the American Wilderness (2 CDs)
  • A Bride Goes West (5 CDs)

Don’t let the word ‘heroines’ fool you. While this set tells the stories of  women, our boys refuse to allow us to listen without them. Cattle roundups, rattlesnakes, Indian attacks, politics and war  keep the boys interested.

Each CD set is beautifully enhanced with music and sound effects and read by Victoria Botkin. The historic background of the letters is offered and the language and writing skill of the women of the 1700’s is lovely and inspiring.

Voices from the Past offers not only delightful stories and admirable role models, but a valuable glimpse into the history of the brave women who helped to make our nation great. Behind each good man is a great woman and Voices from the Past introduces you to some of those women.

Western Conservatory is giving one Raising Olives reader  the complete Voices from the Past Collection either on CD ($55) or MP3 download (39).

To enter:

  • Visit Western Conservatory then come back here and leave a comment telling me what other product interests you.

Additional entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.)

  • ‘Like’ Western Conservatory on Facebook
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook.
  • Tweet or blog about this giveaway.

Open world wide, but non-domestic winners will receive an MP3 download rather than CDs. Giveaway will end June 9, 2011.

Our family received a complimentary copy of Voices From the Past  to facilitate this review, we received no other compensation and all opinions are our own.

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143 Responses to Voices from the Past: American Heroines in their Own Words {Giveaway}
  1. abba12
    June 3, 2011 | 7:31 am

    love the idea of this series! The what our father told us set also interests me.

  2. Elizabeth
    June 3, 2011 | 7:43 am

    I’m also interested in The Return of the Daughters.

  3. Christine
    June 3, 2011 | 7:58 am

    What Our Father Taught Us About Boys/Girls looks intriguing to me!

  4. Ellen Shank
    June 3, 2011 | 8:14 am

    What a wonderful giveaway!♥
    I have visited Western Conservatory often and someday I would love to purchase She Shall be Called Woman!

  5. Ellen Shank
    June 3, 2011 | 8:15 am

    I also like WC on Facebook..:)

  6. Paige Clausen
    June 3, 2011 | 8:19 am

    Went to Western Conservatory and I think Christian Families at the Crossroads looks fantastic too.

  7. Paige Clausen
    June 3, 2011 | 8:21 am

    I “liked” Western Conservatory on Facebook.

  8. Tracy E.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:39 am

    I would love to have the set “She Shall Be Called Woman”.
    “The Return of the Daughters” is one of our favorite films.

  9. Tracy E.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:40 am

    Like on FB. :)

  10. Katrina
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I went and checked out the Western Conservatory products – the Crossroads Audio Collection looks like it would be something interesting to listen through.

  11. Tracy E.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Shared on FB!

  12. Jodie
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I have three girls and we love audio books, etc. There are so many wonderful things to chose from I think that I want them all!!

  13. Rebecca
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I think She Shall Be Called Woman looks very interesting too!

  14. Katrina
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Shared this on Facebook.

  15. Jodie
    June 3, 2011 | 8:41 am

    I liked Western Conservatory on Facebook.

  16. Jodie
    June 3, 2011 | 8:42 am

    I shared about the give away on facebook.

  17. Rachel
    June 3, 2011 | 9:10 am

    Wow, all their titles look interesting! But since I have four daughters (and am pregnant – odds are with another!), I think ‘Return of the Daughters’ intrigues me the most.

  18. Laurie Griess
    June 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

    In addition to the set you are giving away, I am interested in the Christian Families at the Crossroads CD on the website.

  19. Laurie Griess
    June 3, 2011 | 9:22 am

    I liked Western Conservatory on FB

  20. Polly
    June 3, 2011 | 9:23 am

    I would like to read So Much More with my teenager daughter. My son loves audiobooks. He listens every night.

  21. ladyscott
    June 3, 2011 | 9:25 am

    I’d love to get Victoria Botkin’s Curriculum Advice. That’s on my list from Western Conservatory.

  22. ladyscott
    June 3, 2011 | 9:26 am

    I already “like” them on facebook, Kateri S.

  23. Julie
    June 3, 2011 | 9:28 am

    I think that An English Family in the American Wilderness looks really good! Great giveaway!

  24. Julie
    June 3, 2011 | 9:29 am

    I like Western Conservatory on FB.

  25. ladyscott
    June 3, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Shared on facebook!

  26. Jama
    June 3, 2011 | 9:31 am

    I liked WC on Facebook.

  27. Jama
    June 3, 2011 | 9:32 am

    Shared on Facebook.

  28. Bunny
    June 3, 2011 | 9:33 am

    Abigal Adams has always intrigued me, so would enjoy her letters.

  29. Jama
    June 3, 2011 | 9:34 am

    I am also interested in What Our Father Taught Us.

  30. Sarah
    June 3, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I “Like” Western Conservatory on Facebook 😉

  31. Sarah
    June 3, 2011 | 9:40 am

    I shared this giveaway on facebook 😉

  32. Sarah
    June 3, 2011 | 9:42 am

    I would like to have the “League of grateful Sons” and “The Return of the Daughters” and ” Crossroads Audio Collection”. I really like all their products. Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. Shawna
    June 3, 2011 | 9:51 am

    I’d really like the Father to Son DVDs!

  34. Rachel D.
    June 3, 2011 | 9:58 am

    This is fantastic! I’m so excited about this series! I went to the website and found it hard to decide what other series I was interested in! The “Crossroads Audio Collection” and the DVD “Return of the Daughters” both look fantastic! In fact, “Return of the Daughters” game me goosebumps!

  35. Rachel D.
    June 3, 2011 | 9:59 am

    I joined the FB page and shared this contest on FB :)

  36. I Live in an Antbed
    June 3, 2011 | 10:06 am

    I have not heard of them before now. Thank you so much for telling us about such a wonderful resource. I am interested in the timeline and the series on teaching your children to teach themselves and everything else they offer! :)

  37. I Live in an Antbed
    June 3, 2011 | 10:09 am

    I LIKED it on Facebook! I’m hoping lots of people will check out their page.

  38. I Live in an Antbed
    June 3, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I posted on facebook about the giveaway.

  39. Jenn T
    June 3, 2011 | 10:19 am

    I’ve been wanting to purchase the Crossroads CDs, I would love to hear the Botkins’ wisdom on Christian families. The set you are giving away sounds just wonderful too!

  40. Rebecca P
    June 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    I think “Return of the Daughters” looks interesting. Thanks for drawing my attention to this company :o)

  41. Rebecca P
    June 3, 2011 | 10:23 am

    I “liked” Western Conservatory on FB.

  42. Sandy
    June 3, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway. The Crossroads Audio Collection looks interesting as well.

  43. The Pauper
    June 3, 2011 | 11:23 am

    I like the “Father to Son” series.

  44. Katey
    June 3, 2011 | 11:25 am

    I think we have almost all of the rest of their resources but I have been really wanting to get this set for a while, thanks!

  45. miriam
    June 3, 2011 | 11:38 am

    I would love the ‘Children as Pets’ tapes. Sounds so interesting!

  46. Katie Talbott
    June 3, 2011 | 11:49 am

    I looked and the only set I am really interested in are the Voices from the Past that you are offering. I’m going to put it on my wish list (although winning them would be awesome too). Thanks for brining this to my attention. They sound great!

  47. Katie Talbott
    June 3, 2011 | 11:49 am

    I ‘Liked’ Western Conservatory on Facebook

  48. Jenn T
    June 3, 2011 | 11:51 am

    I “like” Western Conservatory on FB

  49. The Pauper
    June 3, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I “like” WC on FB

  50. The Pauper
    June 3, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    I shared this giveaway on FB

  51. Sarah DeGroot
    June 3, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    “She shall be called woman” also interests me. Thanks for the give away.

  52. Brandy
    June 3, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    What Our Father Taught Us bundle :0)

  53. Heather Anderson
    June 3, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    She Shall Be Called Woman and Return of the Daughters look great.

  54. Amy Mac
    June 3, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    She shall be called women or Teaching our children to teach themselves. Looks like great resources.

  55. Heidi
    June 3, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    An English Family in the American Wilderness

  56. Jenn
    June 3, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Curriculum Advice!

  57. Dawna
    June 3, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    What a wonderfully thought provoking giveaway. What Our Father Taught Us bundle as well as The League of Grateful Sons would both be a welcome addition to our audio library.

  58. Kara Sarbacker
    June 3, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    The crossroads audio collection looked really neat! We are trying life without the tv… this seems like it would help us get through some long winters here in Wisconsin!

  59. Kara Sarbacker
    June 3, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    Just liked this on facebook!

  60. Rachel B
    June 3, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    I would also love to get the book ‘So Much More’!
    I love this giveaway!

  61. Lois
    June 3, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    “She Shall Be Called Woman” looks very interesting and helpful.

  62. Lois
    June 3, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    “Liked” Western Conservatory on Facebook

  63. Ami
    June 3, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    The Return of The Daughters interests me too!
    I would love to win these!

  64. Ami
    June 3, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I “liked” it on facebook too! :)

  65. Heather Anderson
    June 3, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    I “liked” Western Conservatory.

  66. Kristy
    June 3, 2011 | 2:04 pm

    I am also very interested in “And She Shall Be Called Woman”

  67. ChickadeeQuilts
    June 3, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    I would LOVE this set!!! When I feel overwhelmed, I often think about what a pioneer woman must have felt, going out into the great unknown, with a trunk and a wagon of supplies, leaving everything and everyone they had known behind, working the hands to bones just doing DAILY tasks, sweeping a dirt floor, trying to make a one room cabin “home sweet home” for her family. It really puts my life back into perspective! I am also interested in the Crossroads Audio Collection! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!! :)

  68. ChickadeeQuilts
    June 3, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    I “liked” them on Facebook!

  69. ChickadeeQuilts
    June 3, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook!!! YAY!

  70. Audra Marie
    June 3, 2011 | 2:35 pm

    The What Our Father Taught Us set looks good, too. Thanks for letting me know about this site. :)

  71. Audra Marie
    June 3, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    I liked them on facebook. :)

  72. Michelle Givler
    June 3, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    As a mom to 5 daughters, “Practical Courtship” sounds really good.

  73. Michelle Givler
    June 3, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    I “liked” WC on facebook.

  74. Michelle Givler
    June 3, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    I shared the giveaway on facebook.

  75. Lori
    June 3, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Christian Families at the Crossroads looks good!

  76. Rebecca
    June 3, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    I would love to own these CD’s. I would also be interested in the Father to Son DVD’s.

  77. Karin
    June 3, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    I think the book called “So Much More” that they offer sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to win this collection – women in history is one of my favorite subjects to teach to the girls at church!

  78. Teresa Matz
    June 3, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    would love to see “Return of the daughters”

  79. Teresa Matz
    June 3, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    I “liked” Western Conservatory on facebook

  80. Teresa Matz
    June 3, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    shared on facebook

  81. Beth
    June 3, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Wow, some amazing stuff at Western Conservatory! The one about the effects of the pill on American looks like an interesting listen, especially in light of the discussions I’ve had in this regard – mostly with people within the church.
    Beth

  82. jamie
    June 3, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    “What our Father Taught Us – Bundle”
    “Father to Son”
    “The Return of the Daughters”
    “Teaching Children to TEach themselves from crossroads audio collection.

    THese all sound like great material to assist with our homeschooling.

    THank YOu.

  83. Beth Wilson
    June 3, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway! I visited Western Conservatory and found many interesting things. Two specific are “She Shall be Called Woman” and “The Return of the Daughters.”

  84. Beth Wilson
    June 3, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    I ‘liked’ them on facebook as well.

  85. Bekah Huet
    June 3, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    This set sounds wonderful for edifying and enjoyable listening with the kids during long car rides. “She Shall Be Called Woman” also sounds like an edifying series.

  86. Rebekah
    June 3, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    “Making Allies of Your Siblings” looks interesting! I listened to an audio sample of “The Letterbook” and enjoyed it… would like to hear more.

  87. Virginia Lee
    June 3, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    I would be very interested to know of audio resources you’re family has used and enjoyed for your sons. I always find your recommendations to be of strong faith and enjoyable as well.

  88. Lindsey Thomas
    June 3, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Well, I am not too good at this yet…I left my comment somewhere else…but I liked all of it! Especially “She Shall be Called Woman,” to help me become a better helpmeet for my wonderful husband!

  89. Lindsey Thomas
    June 3, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    I also “liked” Western Conservatory on facebook :)

  90. Elizabeth
    June 3, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    I would also love homeschool dropouts. What an absolutely fascinating site!

  91. Sarah F.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:35 pm

    I like the Family Dynamics with Adult Children!

  92. Sarah F.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:36 pm

    I “Liked” Western Conservatory on Facebook!

  93. Sarah F.
    June 3, 2011 | 8:37 pm

    I shared this Facebook!

  94. Heather Mac
    June 3, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    I would love to have the DVD “The Return of the Daughters”. Wow!

  95. Maria G.
    June 3, 2011 | 11:29 pm

    I am also interested in the CD An English Family in the American Wilderness.

  96. Maria G.
    June 3, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    I like Western Conservatory on FB.

  97. Maria G.
    June 3, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    Shared on FB about this giveaway!

  98. Emily Blaisdell
    June 3, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    I would love to visit Western Conservatory, they have fabulous resources! Mrs. Botkins voice is heavenly and so calming as she retells these stories.
    Could you please enter me?

  99. Emily Blaisdell
    June 3, 2011 | 11:42 pm

    “Liked” Western Conservatory on fb.

  100. Emily Blaisdell
    June 3, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    Oops…I forgot to mention what I liked at WC. I have always thought that the Time Line Of The Reformation would be a great homeschooling resource. And “She Shall Be Called Woman” looks interesting.

  101. Michelle
    June 4, 2011 | 12:27 am

    The League of Grateful Sons DVD looks really great!

  102. Michelle
    June 4, 2011 | 12:28 am

    I liked Western Conservatory on FB.

  103. Janessa
    June 4, 2011 | 12:34 am

    I love Western Conservatory! I actually have a lot of their products, but The league of Grateful Sons is something I’ve been very intrigued by.

  104. Janessa
    June 4, 2011 | 12:34 am

    I like them on FB.

  105. elizabeth
    June 4, 2011 | 12:44 am

    I thought the league of grateful sons dvd looked interesting.

  106. Mandi
    June 4, 2011 | 1:26 am

    I checked out Western Conservatory. If I could only get one thing, I think I would choose the “She shall be called Woman” audio. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  107. Darcy @ Blessings of Nature
    June 4, 2011 | 6:37 am

    I love Western Conservatory! We have enjoyed and gleaned so much from Return of the Daughters, So Much More, The League of Grateful Sons and Father to Son. I’m hoping someday to hear Mrs. Botkin’s series “She Shall be Called Women”.

  108. Darcy @ Blessings of Nature
    June 4, 2011 | 6:38 am

    I “like” Western Conservatory on Facebook.

  109. Gerky
    June 4, 2011 | 9:51 am

    An English Family in the American Wilderness looks pretty good.

  110. Rebecca R.
    June 4, 2011 | 11:55 am

    League of Grateful Sons sounds excellent!

  111. Lore Ellsworth
    June 4, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    An English Family in the American Wilderness would make a great one to have in my library.

  112. Bethany
    June 4, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Wow, although I’ve been to the Western Conservatory site before, I never looked through all the products they have. I was missing out! I really think I would find the “She shall be called Woman” cds beneficial, but would also love to hear “Teaching our Children to Teach themselves.” Trying to navigate being a wife, full time mother, and beginning homeschooler while expecting our third child in a couple weeks. This is a great resource that I know I will return to again and again. Thank you!

  113. Nicki
    June 4, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    I actually have several products from Western conservatory, but I’d like to have the Homeschool Dropouts.

    If I was to win, I’d actually prefer the download version, as we put everything on our iPods now.

    Thanks!

  114. Lisa Maria
    June 4, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    Hi Kimberly, I’m really excited to enter this giveaway because its the only one I’ve encountered so far that caters to overseas people too! I’ve checked out the site and being a lover of history with four daughters who love it as well, I absolutely love The Voices from the Past series as well as An English Family in the American Wilderness and Abigail Adams. The What Our Father Taught Us bundle looks pretty good too. In fact, anything from Western Conservatory would be a welcome addition to our library. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  115. Leanne
    June 4, 2011 | 8:01 pm

    What a plethora of resources!! I loved the Father’s to Sons and The League of Grateful Sons. Honestly, everything looked worthwhile on the site!!

  116. Kristen
    June 4, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    Very nice give-away! I also liked the Timeline of the Reformation as well as An English Family in the American Wilderness. We are really enjoying studying history at home. Truthfully, I am learning history for the first time in my life, and I’m the teacher.

  117. Melinda
    June 4, 2011 | 10:07 pm

    I like the Christian Families at the Crossroads set. I’m particularly interested in the Beyond Getting Along:Making Allies of Your Siblings.

  118. Amanda
    June 5, 2011 | 4:32 am

    We are a missionary family in Japan and I had no idea about Western Conservatory. What a great collection of resources that help us live out Philippians 4:8. In addition to the Voices from the Past I am strongly considering ordering the Father to Son dvds and the Crossroads audio collection.

  119. Amanda
    June 5, 2011 | 4:33 am

    I “like” Western Conservatory on facebook.

  120. Carrie
    June 5, 2011 | 9:00 am

    Wow, I hadn’t seen this site before. I plan to get the Crossroads Audio Collection.

  121. Ashley
    June 5, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    I would love to hear “She Shall be Called Woman.” Thank you for introducing me to these wonderful resources!

  122. Kelly Maine
    June 5, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    The Crossroads Collection looks good…

  123. Wendi
    June 6, 2011 | 12:14 am

    These would be so wonderful to listen to this summer as the kids and I drive across the country from AZ to MI to go visit my in-laws. I can imagine the conversations that we would have and what a great way to keep the learning going for all of us (me included) as we drive for several days. Two other products that I am interested in are the dvd’s titled The League of Grateful Sons and The Return of the Daughters. Thank you for this wonderful suggestion and this great giveaway.

  124. vernelle cheeseman
    June 6, 2011 | 7:38 am

    I like the “Crossroads” series. Looks like something my kids would like.

  125. Shari
    June 6, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Ooh! I’ve been wanting this!! And on their site, I’m drooling over many things- especially the Homeschool Dropouts DVD. I’ve heard lots of good things about that one!!

    His,
    Shari

  126. Emily
    June 6, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    She shall be called Woman sounds good to me.

  127. Emily
    June 6, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    I liked Western Conservatory on facebook.

  128. Mandi K
    June 7, 2011 | 12:05 am

    I Love “She shall be called woman”. I think next on my list of “to-gets” is “An English Family in the American Wilderness”.

  129. Mandi K
    June 7, 2011 | 12:06 am

    I will definitely “like” Western Conservatory on facebook!

  130. Lisa C
    June 7, 2011 | 8:52 am

    The Crossroads Collection and Father to Son look like amazing resources. We have a heart for families so this information would be great to share with others to strengthen them.

  131. Julie Flake
    June 8, 2011 | 9:22 am

    The Return of the Daughters, and Teaching Our Children look good too!

  132. Vikki
    June 8, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Surviving the pill…1st 50 yrs. Would love to hear it!

  133. Heather
    June 8, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    I would love the “Making Allies of Your Siblings” audio for my family. we come from a long history of sibling strife, and we don’t want that for our children.

  134. Heather
    June 8, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    I also “Like” western Conservatory on Facebook :)

  135. Angela
    June 8, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    ‘She Shall be Called Woman’ looks fantastic. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  136. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    June 9, 2011 | 9:28 am

    I love Western Conservatory! I once won Evenings with Victoria Botkin from them! We have several of their resources already, but one product I have my eye on is Abigail Adams: Her Letters.

  137. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    June 9, 2011 | 9:29 am

    I “like” Western Conservatory (on Facebook).

  138. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    June 9, 2011 | 9:33 am

    I shared this giveaway on my Treasures from a Shoebox blog Facebook Page here:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Treasures-from-a-Shoebox/113280698715197

  139. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    June 9, 2011 | 9:39 am

    I tweeted! (I’m still learning) I’m also now following you on Twitter (but not in a creepy, stalking sort of way :0).

  140. deirdre
    June 9, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    nursing at keyboard so 1 handed typing. i am interested in homeschool dropouts and history of the pill.

  141. deirdre
    June 9, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    i liked western conservatory on fb.

  142. deirdre
    June 9, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    i posted on fb about the giveaway.

  143. patti
    June 9, 2011 | 10:57 pm

    I really enjoyed A League of Grateful Sons. Very well made and the story was priceless.