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The Legacy of Amelia Earhart

June 30, 2019

One of the most famous female aviators, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as well as the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. ...

How It Used To Be: Doctors And House Calls

May 28, 2019

Back in the 1800s, it was common practice for family doctors to go to the homes of their patients rather than the patients going to see them. Even in the middle of the night...

Why Did London Stink in 1858?

May 13, 2019

Today, the River Thames in England is about as picturesque a city river as one might imagine and is often cited as one of the cleanest waterways in the world. However, this was not alwa...

Major General Lew Wallace, Author of Ben-Hur

May 11, 2019

General Lew Wallace was the author who wrote Ben-Hur in 1880. The popular classic version of Ben-Hur was the 1959 production with Charlton Heston, who also played Moses in...

The Dive that Conquered the Deepest Depths

April 10, 2019

It is curious that while eleven men have been to the moon, only three have been to the deepest recesses of the ocean. The Challenger Deep at the southern end of the Mariana...

The Sultana Disaster: The Titanic Of The Mississippi

April 9, 2019

The Sultana was a large wooden steamboat which transported people and freight between St. Louis and New Orleans. Early on April 27th, 1865 – a few days after the ...

The Gilded Age Of America

March 26, 2019

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES - 2010/08/27: The Breakers mansion located along the Cliff Walk. Source: (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images) What was the Gilded Age?’The G...

Surprising Facts About Laura Ingalls Wilder

March 12, 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) as schoolteacher, 1887. Found in the collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Walnut Grove. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty ...

Stars Of The Silent Film Era

January 29, 2019

Actor Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance in The Cure. Source: (The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Charlie Chaplin: 'The Tramp'Charlie Chaplin is probably the most famous of all the...

Do You Know These Facts About Abraham Lincoln?

January 17, 2019

Lincoln had a Dream About his AssassinationShortly before his assassination, Lincoln told people about a dream where he heard crying in the White House. In the dream, h...

American Prohibition And Bootlegging

December 21, 2018

The term “bootlegging” imparts images of rough and tumble men making moonshine up in the hills. That is certainly part of it, but there is much more to know. Bootlegging is defi...