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Making Matzo for the Masses
Join us as we explore the history of matzo making as it moved from home kitchens to commercial mass production.
Understanding the Roots of the Haggadah
It's been translated into Klingan, Lawyerese, Esperanto, and, yes, even Yiddish. Katja Vehlow explains the complex origins and meaning of the Haggadah.
Baby Farmers and Angelmakers: Childcare in England
Join UHP as we explore the odd industry of baby farming in the 19th century.
A Flash in the Sky
She wasn't meant to be on the flight. Join us as we explore what happened on a United Air Lines flight in 1933.
The Islamic Codex
Lindsey Hobbs traces the development of the Islamic book - its form and binding - from East to West as different cultures contributed to the craft.
A Question of Justifiable Homicide
Join us for part II of the contentious medical debate over the lives of mothers and their babies, and discover the origins of a common present-day dispute.
A Shopping Extravaganza
Discover who built what some folks consider the most elaborately decorated, soaring indoor shopping space of the nineteenth century.
"A Serious Joke:"
Britain and Iceland Go to War
British fish and chips are delicious but are they a reason to go to war? Discover the origins of this little-known conflict with high stakes.
Charles of Anjou and the Nazis
Laura Morreale explores the connection between a 13th century Italian monarch and the Nazi war machine.
“Exponents of a Higher Civilization:”
The Chinese Educational Mission
Find out why the Chinese government was prepared to send young boys to the United States for training.
Security and Peace: Brookeville in 1814
Join Catherine LaVoie as she explores the planning behind this "romantic" refuge that provided safety for a nation's leader in 1814.
Capturing the Perfect Image
Thomas French pulls back the curtains of the darkroom to explore the emergence of photography.
Join Thomas French here to discover more about the varied careers of early photographers!
Slave Rebellions: The Role of the Supernatural
From Rome to Haiti to New York, all slave owners feared rebellion. Discover how rebel leaders used magic to persuade slaves to rebel.
In the Defense of Honor: The Rise and Fall of Dueling in America
Join Carrie Stemke to discover the history of the long-held tradition of dueling and what ultimately caused it to fall out of favor.
Out for a Drive: Motoring Clothes
For a brief period, drivers and passengers wore special clothing for "motoring." Discover the history behind the dusters, veils, and goggles from the early days of cars and car culture.
Walt Disney: The Stealth Conservationist
As Earth Day approaches, join Daniel Gifford as he explains the influence of Walt Disney's work on the development of environmentalism in the 60s and 70s.
East Meets West:
The Two Easters
Why do Western European Christians celebrate Easter on a completely different day from Eastern Orthodox Christians?
UHP explains the complex history behind the disagreement.
Hobo Americanus: Laborer on the Move
Hoboes didn't necessarily live up to their reputations as wayward free-loaders. Sheena Morrison takes us on part II of the history of the American Hobo.
The Hobo: Denizen of the Jungle
Take a ride on the rails with Sheena Morrison as she explains the life of the American Hobo in the twentieth century.
The Medieval Scribe:
The Art of Writing
Join Victoria Lord as she explains the difficulties and frustrations that drove medieval scribes to complain and even swear while copying religious texts.
A Valuable and Necessary Resource
Before caesarian sections became common medical practice, doctors and midwives often had to make a choice: either save the life of the mother or the child.
A Thousand Words
While the technology behind Instagram may be new, the idea of sharing images among many people is not.
Discover how societies have used images to influence social behavior.
Executions, the Guillotine and the French Revolution
Michael L. Lynne reflects on how the guillotine emerged as one of the defining and most enduring symbols of the Revolution.
The Uline Arena
The Uline Arena in Washington, DC was not only ground zero for the British invasion, it was also the scene of early civil rights struggles in America.
Valentine's Day Postcards and the New Woman
In the early 1900s Valentine's Day messages took on a very different tone. Join Daniel Gifford to learn why giving a valentine may have been an act of war.
A Peaceful Quaker Refuge During War
A small town embodied many of the aspects of a rapidly industrializing nation.
Explore the history and architecture of Brookeville, Md with Catherine LaVoie.
3-D: A Decidedly Victorian Innovation
Discover the origins of three dimensional imaging with Thomas French.
The City of Salonica:
A True Crossroad
Join Victoria Lord as she explores the polyglot past of this "second" city.
The Mae West Incident: Radio Censorship in the 1930s
Mae West's scandalous radio appearance in 1937 led to calls for increased censorship, but what did Americans really think about the incident?
History on the Go
Discover how a historian's search for coffee led to a new way to provide Americans with information about historic sites.
The Cost of Freedom
Alex Lovett explores the high cost of freedom for American slaves who were forced to choose between slavery in America and freedom in Liberia in one of our most popular articles from 2013.
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