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“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 · 1 Comment

Marie Laveau: Voodoo, Race and Female Power

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 16th of June 1881, Marie Laveau, Louisiana Creole ‘princess’ of Voodoo, died in New Orleans, Louisiana, aged 79. “A…

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Dark days at Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s environmental misfortunes.

In the archives this week, among other things I’ve been looking at the papers of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, and one of my personal heroes (his … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Vitalogy: An amazing but very amusing medical Encyclopedia

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
We all have to thank Eddie Vedder for our curiosity in a very interesting home medical encyclopedia first published in…

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Chimborazo”: the stunning environmental romanticism of Frederic Edwin Church.

Yesterday I saw this painting at the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery of American Art at the Huntington Library, and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s called Chimborazo, and it … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

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 · 4 Comments

An archival journey…and some changes ahead for this blog.

Hello everyone. I’m taking this opportunity to let you, the readers of this blog, know about a wonderful opportunity that I’ve been offered in my professional and academic career. This … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · 3 Comments
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