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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 · 3 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

Bikini Atoll: the sad, outrageous nuclear semi-wasteland of the Pacific.

Smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is a very beautiful but very sad place called Bikini Atoll. A ring of coral reefs and small sandy islands … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today.

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

A shore not quite reached: the mysterious crash of Lituanica.

Unless you’re an extreme aviation buff or possibly Lithuanian-American, it’s doubtful you’ve ever heard of Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas or know what they did that was of historical significance. But … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday, and the 4th of July: Iced Earth “Declaration Day” [video].

Today is, of course, Independence Day, and the beginning of the Sabbath, and the first full day I’m back with my husband in a long time. So obviously I will be celebrating … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Scenario fulfillment”: the tragedy of Iran Air Flight 655.

Twenty-six years ago today, on July 3, 1988, a tragic incident occurred in the skies over the Strait of Hormuz, which separates Iran from various Arab states on the other … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Marie Laveau: Voodoo, Race and Female Power

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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

Strangelove on line 2: the history of the “Red Telephone.”

Fifty-one years ago today, on June 20, 1963, a document was signed at the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, by representatives of the U.S. and the Soviet … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment
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