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The Chief checks out: the history of Presidential vacations.

It’s August, and the political chattering class–never very mature to begin with–have, in their lack of interest in any substantive matters, spilled a lot of magnetic ink over President Obama’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The amazing galactic toy empire: the story of the original Star Wars action figures.

If you grew up in the late 1970s or during the 1980s in America or many other countries around the world, chances are very good that you had Star Wars action … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

Discovering paradise: the journal of Daniel Chamberlain, early Hawaii missionary.

Back in December I did a special series of articles called Hawaiian History Week, detailing various aspects of the fascinating history of the 50th state. One of those articles was … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Unthinkable and un-American: Yes, I am not a fan of “The Simpsons.”

I’m told that there was some sort of mega-Simpsons marathon on TV yesterday. I’m told, rather than I know for sure, because I don’t watch a lot of TV, and … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 5 Comments

Estelle Landers-Lang and Sherron Lang

Originally posted on Whereabouts Still Unknown:
This entry is a bit different from my usual entries. In light of the ridiculous number of unidentified people who seemingly do not match…

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Sage of Monticello looks skyward: Thomas Jefferson’s weather book.

Today I experienced perhaps the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me since I became a historian: in the reading room of the Massachusetts Historical Society, I was handed the … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Post 33: The start of the History of Germany Podcast

Originally posted on Ox History Blog:
Just a quick note here. I had previous written a post on the History of Alchemy podcast by Travis Dow and Pete Collman, two…

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Off to Revolutionary Boston…and another archival journey!

The time has come again for another journey. Similar to my experience in June at the Huntington Library, I’ve been offered a fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Architecture of tragedy: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin murders.

A century ago today, on August 15, 1914, something terrible happened in a very unique house in southern Wisconsin. The house and the estate on which it stood was called … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Metal for Friday: Monster Magnet, “Space Lord” [video, 2 versions].

I was never a huge Monster Magnet fan, but I admit there’s a soft spot in my heart for their most popular album, Powertrip, which came out in 1998. The heavy, … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment
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