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Keeping up with the Adamses: My review of Adams National Historical Park.

As you’ve noticed I have a lot of posts stacked up pertaining to my recent research trip to Boston, and this one is another museum review–and only escapes being a … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gore Place: America’s “Darlington Hall.”

Ready for another museum review? Instead of Presidential libraries, how about a Federalist mansion? When I was in Boston on my recent research trip, a staff member at the Massachusetts … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Researching “Ten Years of Winter”: A day in my life as a historian.

Most of you know that I’ve been spending the last several weeks in Boston, on a research fellowship to gather historical materials for my Ph.D. dissertation (and hopefully a book, … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

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 · 6 Comments

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 · 6 Comments

“Waffels” for dinner, rum for breakfast: eating and boozing in Iceland in 1809!

So instead of environmental disaster or creepy deaths, this morning in the archives I found something that you can file in the “epic awesome” category. Today I was browsing travelogues, … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

From the archives: trapped under ice…for real!

Another tidbit from the archives! I found this one in a book called The Climate of London by Luke Howard, one of the world’s first meteorologists, published in 1818. In addition … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

From the archives: the curious humor of 19th century almanacs.

My adventure in the archives of the Huntington Library continues! I’ve been looking at all kinds of old books this week, but one of the category of sources I’m looking … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

From the archives: an account of the catastrophic Tambora eruption of 1815.

So, as many of you know, I’m now on my research fellowship at the Huntington Library. In a previous post I promised to share with you some cool stuff I … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Once more…into the archives!

I am traveling this weekend. I’ve left the comforts of hearth and home and set out for the big, bad city–the Los Angeles area, to be certain–to accept a research … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · 6 Comments
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