Bitten By the History Bug

I was going to do a Lewis and Clark related blog but I changed my mind.  Some of my colleagues noted that since today is my birthday I should do a birthday post on me. They were kidding but upon reflection I decided why not! I’ve often been asked why I got into a history- related career; so why not blog […]

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Historical Fact or Fiction?

See if you can accurately finish this statement: “Our Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to… (a)  end taxation without representation (b)  break the hold of Great Britain and become a free nation (c)  form a confederation of states (d)  end slavery If you selected “end slavery,” you would not be historically accurate. Not only did the founding fathers fail to dismantle […]

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Crimes and Disasters- The Roy B. Parsons Scrapbooks

We may tend to think of the obsession with crimes and disasters as a modern preoccupation, but sensational stories have had an avid audience ever since there have been venues in which they could be reported.  Our forbearers preoccupation with macabre and shocking stories was brought to life in Michael Lessy’s book, Wisconsin Death Trip, based on a collection of […]

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Memory Palace Part I

Memories – the moving pictures in our heads. They’re the after-images of experience, and an essential part of how we form our identities. Memories are automatically created by our brains through all of our senses – the smell of freshly baked bread, the bright green of grass in the spring, the pealing laughter of a child. We can also capture […]

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

The recent federal holiday marking the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has continued to inspire many to consider the idea of equality and justice for all citizens. Personally, I noticed many facebook statuses on Monday quoting the Reverend’s words, the most popular quote being “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive […]

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On the Trail of Lewis & Clark

Whoever coined the saying that “time flies” wasn’t kidding. The years pass quickly. It is hard to believe that January 17th will mark the tenth anniversary of one of the most memorable Lewis and Clark events I had the pleasure – and in this case honor – in which to participate. Given my deep involvement in Lewis and Clark over […]

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Camp Zachary Taylor

In the stacks at the Filson Historical Society lay panoramic photos of an old US Army training site that once was a major part of Louisville.  Camp Zachary Taylor, named for Louisville resident and American President Zachary Taylor, was a World War I training camp built in 1917, the largest of 16 such camps that dotted the United States to […]

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A New Year: Time for Endings and Beginnings

As we pull up to the end of another year, I can’t help but feeling that time is moving more quickly. How can 2010 be over?  I’m not ready to face 2011!  So many things weren’t accomplished this past year, or weren’t accomplished the way I had hoped….  Case in point, this blog post – it probably should have been […]

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All I Want For Christmas…

A recent email to my mother regarding some gift possibilities for Christmas led her to reminisce about the “good old days” when my sister and I penned letters to St. Nick, detailing how we had been good girls for the past year and requesting certain items as presents for Christmas.  The letters were carefully deposited on the family room coffee […]

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Repeal Day … it should be a national holiday.

On Monday, November 27, 1933, Kentucky became the 33rd state to pass the 21st Amendment which repealed the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution. That week was Thanksgiving week and no other state voted on the issue until Tuesday, December 5th.  First Ohio and then Pennsylvania passed the 21st Amendment, but it fell to Utah later in that day […]

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