Were There Really 13 Original Colonies?

April 28, 2017 by Leave a comment

One of the first historical facts we learn as American school children is that there were thirteen original American colonies -- and these became the thirteen original states. But in the past couple of years a whisper of a rumor has been floating around the Internet claiming that there were ...

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Was the King James Bible Really the First English Bible?

March 2, 2017 by Leave a comment

Walk into any history classroom and you will be taught that that the King James Bible was the first Bible to be printed in English. There are all sorts of inspiring stories about the King James translation, and the people of England are very proud of it -- it is ...

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Mary Elizabeth Lange: The Slave Who Founded the First Black School in the United States

February 11, 2017 by Leave a comment

Truthfully, Elizabeth Lange was technically not a slave herself. She was born in the late 1700s and her childhood circumstances are shrouded in mystery – though historians have pieced together some enticing tidbits. According to the Maryland State Archives this appears to be her origin story:

Elizabeth’s father was a ...

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Sybil Ludington: The Girl Who Outrode Paul Revere

January 27, 2017 by 1 comment

Listen, my children, and you shall hear

Of a lovely feminine Paul Revere

Who rode an equally famous ride

Through a different part of the countryside

 -- Berton Braley, “Sybil Ludington’s Ride”

Everyone knows the name Paul Revere. But have you ever heard of the Lady Revere? She was only ...

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How to Snatch a Body (in 3 easy steps)

January 19, 2017 by Leave a comment

In that inevitable instance in which you create a time machine, you will naturally journey back to the 19th century.

This is a time of drastic change – the industrial revolution and migration to the cities, the emergence of the new middle class and creation of traditional Victorian values, and ...

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Can you decipher this 19th century code?

January 12, 2017 by Leave a comment

What is written in this picture? (yes, it’s in English).

Alright, I’ll give you a hint:

This is a classic novel. In fact, not only can I guarantee that you’ve heard of it – I am supremely confident that you are very familiar with this particular story.

These scribbles, scratches, ...

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How to Measure Time

January 6, 2017 by Leave a comment

It’s that TIME of the year again: another year gone and a new one beginning. But why is it the year 2017? What is it the 2,017th year of? Let’s start at the very beginning (“a very good place to start”)

(music break)

Now that we’ve finished singing Do Re ...

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It’s starting …

December 29, 2016 by Leave a comment

Well, here it is – the official blog welcome! Yes, I’m finally adding one (it only took a few years). Posts will begin in 2017 to kick off the new year, and I haven’t been this excited since that time I found a vintage lighter with an engraving of Joan ...

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