What’s Your Historical Catnip?

What’s Your Historical Catnip?

For the business that I just launched (www.HistoricalResearchUpdate.com), I spend a lot of time looking at titles and abstracts for scholarly journal articles about history. Not all of them interest me, and the stuff that interests me may not interest others. As with...
Let’s Take Another Music Break

Let’s Take Another Music Break

There is a lot going on this week, so I’m doing a birthday music break. Today in 1950, Lou Gramm, lead singer for Foriegner, was born. For me, their music hasn’t aged well since the 70s, but I still love “Juke Box Hero”. Today in 1946, Lesley...

Convict Mutiny Meets Samurai

I love breaking news about history. With new technologies like sonar, DNA testing, drones, radar, and chemical analysis, we are resolving historical mysteries faster than ever before. But sometimes we still find answers through old-fashioned research like poring over...
Art and Branding Lollipops

Art and Branding Lollipops

Sometimes I learn tidbits of history from the most unexpected places. I listen to a lot of podcasts on a variety of topics, one of which is Lineker & Baker: Behind Closed Doors. It’s generally about English football and broadcasting, but sometimes goes a bit...
Rock Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs, Wyoming

Rock Springs is a small town in southern Wyoming with a population of about 23,000. It was created by the coal industry in the 19th century as coal was needed to fuel the trains. Those coal mines largely employed immigrants. Rock Springs has self-designated as the...
Rerun: 888,246 Stories (With New Foreword)

Rerun: 888,246 Stories (With New Foreword)

I originally posted this story on Veterans Day four years ago. At the time, it was the 100-year anniversary of the year that World War I began, in 1914. This year is the 100-year anniversary of  the year that World War I ended, so I want to take this full circle....