My name is Margaret Tomer Rummens. I am a teacher at Harbor High in Santa Cruz, CA. I taught history for 14 years and now teach E-Literacy which is a course about using modern technology. It is taught to all freshmen at our school.
I LOVE history.
My favorite thing on earth is to stand where something happened.
I’m not all that good with remember details, but I know the story and I like to go where the story happened and imagine what it was like.
I especially like the story of the British Kings.
I am a genealogist with almost 3000 names on my family tree website: tomer.tribalpages.com
Interesting things in my (historical) background: One of my relatives was murdered at Camp Algerine near Sonora during the Gold Rush. I have an ancestor (Adam Tomer) who lost an arm in the Civil War. I am descended from John Rhinehart Tomer who was born in Maryland in 1730 – when it was just a colony. I could be in DAR if I wasn’t so liberal. I am related to the Morningstar family who came from Hungary in 1848 (thank goodness, since they were Jewish).
I took this course so I could move up on the pay scale at work since they gave us 4 furlough days. Also, I go places in CA all the time so I know where everything is and I’ve probably been there already!
I wanted to see the mission in Carmel again and I’ve never been to the one in Santa Cruz so this was a good excuse to go. I’ve been to San Juan Bautista – I am a member of Find A Grave and a family member requested a photo from there so I went out to take the photo and also visited the site (this is a Donner Party place).