Category Archives: 19th century

The power in a view

I checked into the hotel and walked into my room. It was a room with a view alright — a view south to Canada. Where was I? Detroit. Other than thinking it cool that I was maybe the only place the … Continue reading

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Michelle Moon: My favorite history site

Michelle Moon just completed an MA in Museum Studies from Harvard Extension School and 6+ years leading adult programs at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Plus, she wrote a book on food interpretation.  If you had to choose one or two favorite historic … Continue reading

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Historic Philadelphia hospitals

Guest post by Jay Blossom Last week I had the misfortune to be treated at two of America’s most historic hospitals, both less than a mile from my house in Philadelphia. On Tuesday night, I spent a few hours in … Continue reading

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Immigrants come to Wisconsin

How often do you get to see a Norwegian or Finnish farm? In America? Or see nine newborn piglets, or taste horehound candy, or ride an 1880s tricycle… On a recent trip to Milwaukee to visit a friend, we headed … Continue reading

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A new Civil War gem in Washington D.C.

I finally managed to visit a new historic site in Washington D.C, one I’ve walked by hundreds of times. It only became “official” in July 2015 when it opened to the public. But the narrow brick rowhouse has been standing … Continue reading

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Gunpowder along the Brandywine

I recently taught a workshop at Hagley, site of the original gunpowder business of the great French immigrant family, the du Ponts. I brought with me childhood memories from school trips to the site many years ago and wondered what my adult … Continue reading

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Bethany Hawkins: My favorite history site

Bethany Hawkins is Program Manager for the American Association for State and Local History in Nashville, TN. If you had to choose one or two favorite historic sites, which ones are they and what about them interested you? Choosing one … Continue reading

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One of George Washington’s churches

Three churches in northern Virginia are usually associated with George Washington: Pohick Church near Lorton, Christ Church in Alexandria, and the Falls Church in the city that was named for it. All remain active churches today and their exteriors have … Continue reading

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Bits from the books… impress your friends with fun bits of history trivia

Bits from the books… impress your friends at holiday parties with fun bits of history trivia –  there is plenty more in my books. Here are 11 favorites. 1 Top General of the American Revolution, First President of the United … Continue reading

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Where food and history mix in San Antonio

I recently visited San Antonio, Texas again. The famous historic sites in town are, of course, the Alamo and perhaps the Spanish missions. But I explored a beautiful area of town once called “Sauerkraut Bend” with a main street named … Continue reading

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