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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

Five summers worse than 2014: An answer to The Daily Beast.

I read a lot of news/politics sites, and one of them, although I don’t agree with it a lot of the time, is The Daily Beast. A few days ago … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 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 · 1 Comment

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

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 · 5 Comments

A landmark 632 years in the making: the odyssey of Cologne Cathedral.

One hundred and thirty-four years ago today, on August 14, 1880, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm I attended … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

A tradition as old as the stars: the Perseid meteor shower.

If you live in the U.S. you may have been too distracted this week by the sad news about Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and the terrible events unfolding in … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Amazing Women Who Inspire Us ! Ada Lovelace and Elizabeth Montague

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(Watercolour portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, 1840. Source Wikipedia. ) Ada Lovelace Author and reader alike have undoubtedly…

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment
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