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 is for Abolition
Julie Holcomb dusts off some incredibly graphic nineteenth-century children's books to illustrate how children learned about slavery.
A Crafty Woman: Traditional Textiles and Embroidery from Tuva
Central Asia is home to the ancient, but endangered, language and culture of Tuva.
Join UHP as we interview Raisa Tas-Ool, an expert who helps preserve the traditional skills of Tuvan textile work.
La Leyenda Negra
Why do so many Americans view European settlement as beginning in New England?
Get your candy bag and join Michael Lynn as he explores the origins of Halloween.
Written in Stone
Read all about an early Irish method of writing.
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.
Pretty Girls and Strong Boys: Mouseketeers and the Cold War
In the 1950s, appearance and conformity were strongly emphasized. Diana Mankowski examines the role of The Mickey Mouse Club in establishing and enforcing conformity and gender roles for a generation of cold war viewers.
Dating with Disney: Annette Sets an Example
Teens in the 1950s charted new territory as "going steady" became all the rage. Diana Mankowski explores how Annette Funicello taught American teens the do's and don'ts of dating on The Mickey Mouse Club.
In Defense of Honor
Join Carrie Stemke to discover the history of the long-held tradition of dueling and what ultimately caused it to fall out of favor.
Kente: Not Just Any Old Cloth
Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation, from the emergence of the various Ashanti kingdoms to the development of the slave trade up to and including contemporary life in Ghana.
Discover one of Africa's more versatile visual art forms with UHP staff.
Cats Before the Internet: Vernacular Literature
Find out about the first medieval European text to be written in vernacular with Victoria Lord.
The Wonder of Wonder Woman
Jennifer Ball explores how Wonder Woman became a symbol of 1970's feminism.
East Meets West
Why do Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter at a different time from Protestants and Catholics?
The King’s Stone: Rocks and Ritual
When is a rock more than a rock? Discover the story behind several noteworthy stones in European history.
Hop into your buggy and join us as we travel back into the past to discover the foods people ate, the games they played, the fashions that they loved, and the issues that concerned them.
Bharat Natyam: A Living Dance Tradition
Tehreema Mitha, the foremost Pakistani dancer of Bharat Natyam, fits a 2,000 year old description of the ideal female dancer. Join us as we explore how this ancient dance is practiced today.
Long Time No Speak
How can you conduct business if you can't speak the language of your trading partners? Devin Fitzgerald discusses the emergence of pidgin, a hybrid language, used by European and Chinese traders during the nineteenth century.
Making a Market
Eighteenth-century parents were just as worried about their children wasting time in idle games as parents are today. Join Cecily Garber as she explores the emergence of children's literature.
An Act of Truth
How does a prince's ability to make a just judgement have the power to accomplish unusual miracles and bring abundance into his kingdom?
Light in Darkness: Medieval Christmas
Join us as we travel back to the Middle Ages to discover the birth of some of the traditions we celebrate today on December 25th.
Come Hunt the Wren!
Discover what you need to do on the day after Christmas.
Medieval Childhood in England:
John Marshall uttered words no parent should ever say. But did he really mean them? Join Rebecca Slitt as she explores the truth of medieval parenthood.
Down with the Veil!
During the 1920s and 1930s, the USSR embarked on a campaign to liberate Uzbek and other Central Asian Muslim women from wearing the veil but women responded to the campaign in ways that surprised and confounded government officials. Douglas Northrop sheds light on this controversy.
Need or Nostalgia?
At their best, yard sales provide us with an understanding of who we were and where we have been. Sheena M. Morrison explores the history of the American yard sale.
Bewitched: An Unorthodox View
Jonathan Z. S. Pollack explores the mid-twentieth century sitcom as a metaphor for the growing acceptance of interfaith marriage.
Fireworks and the Nation
Michael Lynn illuminates the very undemocratic origins of the fireworks we use to celebrate the Fourth of July.
The Birth of Disco
Get out your transistor radio, put on some bell bottoms, and learn how to do the Hustle! Diana Mankowski sheds light on the origins of disco music.
A Thousand Words
How have societies in the past used images to convey complex messages?
American Bookmobiles: Connections and Conflict
UHP's Cecily Garber interviews Dr. Derek Attig and uncovers the surprisingly controversial history behind the bookmobile.
The Medieval Scribe
Join Victoria Lord as she explains the difficulties and frustrations that drove medieval scribes to complain and even swear while copying religious texts.
The History of the Yezidi
For centuries, Yezidi believers, have followed the simple command of the Kitab al-Jilwa, also known as The Book of Revelation, to “honor my symbol and my image.” But who exactly are these people and what is the image that they honor? The answer depends on who is asked.