Category: American

Book Review: Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness

Perhaps one of the best things about having Amazon Prime (free 2-day shipping aside) is First Reads. Prime members receive a free Kindle book each month. The bookworm in me adores this. One recent First Read pick was Harold Schechter’s Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. I had heard of the serial killer

This Week in History: The Sinking of the Hunley

150 years ago, America was embroiled in one of the bloodiest wars ever fought on native soil: the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the North fought the South, brother fought brother, nation fought nation. 150 years ago, when the naval blockade of Southern ports threatened to choke the Confederacy, a little submarine defeated a

This Week in History: The Founding of the Smithsonian Institution

A new segment I am rolling out slowly but surely is a quick snapshot of an important event in history each week. This week, I will be discussing the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. Comprised of nineteen museums, galleries, etc., the Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world. It was founded in

Before E-Harmony, There Was…Eliza Farnham?!

In doing research on how the scarcity of women impacted the nineteenth century gold rush phenomenon, I found one particularly interesting “nugget” of information. Apparently, someone attempted to create a virtual dating site back in the mid-1800s, or, at least a close equivalent. Eliza Farnham concocted a scheme in the 1850s to provide wives to

Oh My Darling, Oh My Darling, Oh My Daaarling Clementine

Finally. Yes, I chose a topic for my first historical post…and no, it is not about Tudor history at all. I have a strange fascination with gold rushes as well, especially the Yukon (or Klondike) gold rush of the late 1890s. If you played MECC’s 1994 game of The Yukon Trail, you would know exactly