Category: History

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

This Week in History: The Finding of the Rosetta Stone

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is browse history news articles. And, in doing so, I found that it was this week in 1799 that the Rosetta Stone was discovered. What is the Rosetta Stone, you ask? Only one of the most important artifacts ever found. The primary importance of

The Finding of the ‘Car Park King’

I was recently invited to submit a summary of the news media surrounding the search for and discovery of King Richard III by the chief editor of the Midwest World History Association’s online journal, the Middle Ground. I happily complied, and the following is what I wrote, summarized from the numerous links I have posted

Hauberks Under Car Parks: The Latest Archaeological Trend

What is it about finding medieval bigshots under car parks in the past year? (And for those of you who are not versed in British terminology, a car park is simply a parking lot.) I lovingly use the term “bigshot” because in recent news, both a king of England and a medieval knight have been

The Battle of Midway, Part Two

(Editor’s note: I apologize for the delay in posting. The UWC Online (University of Wisconsin Colleges Online) has been keeping me on my toes with work. I love it! The third and final part of this post will be up tonight or tomorrow!)

Some Scratchy Issues Concerning the Black Death

“Ring around the roseys Pocket full of posies Ashes, ashes We all fall down.” This endearing childhood nursery masks a darker reality that most young children would cringe at if they discovered the origin of this rhyme as a ditty about the Black Death. Most people know two things about the Black Death.