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The Eruption of of Laki
Bear witness to accounts of the eruption of Laki, a volcano in Iceland, that both horrified and fascinated readers in 1783.
A Rich History of a Tasty Pastry
Join Alexandra Lord as she explores the origins and spread of this delicious pastry across the world.
Behind the Scenes: Public History and History Exhibits
Cecily Garber examines the influence of Dr. Richard Rabinowitz on historic sites and museum exhibits.
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.
We Are Shadows
It was a church, a synagogue, and a mosque. Join us as we discover the extraordinary history of this unique building and its neighborhood.
A Church Becomes a Synagogue
It was the home of "The London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews." But then it became a synagogue. Join as we continue our look at a unique building in London.
A Synagogue Becomes a Mosque
Discover the Londoners who transformed a nineteenth-century synagogue into a twentieth-century mosque in the third installment of our series on immigration in Britain.
Ice Cream and Immigrants
Immigrants sold and shaped this delectable treat, yet even as Americans screamed for more they often complained about the immigrants who sold it.
Poverty Point: World Heritage Site
Despite its name, Poverty Point is rich in history. Join UHP as we explore this newly designated world heritage site.
Coney Island's Storied Past
A historian and a literary scholar team up to take a look at the fantastical stories associated with Coney Island.
Culture Contact and the Frobisher Voyages
Explore history from two perspectives and discover both the European and Inuit reactions to Martin Frobisher's expeditions to Baffin Island.
Getting Out of Hot Water
Thomas Jefferson enjoyed a warm bath here. Join us as we explore how and why American resort towns emerged.
Monks Behaving Badly
Devin Fitzgerald takes a look at some Chinese monks who behaved very badly indeed.
Nick Gabaldón (1927-1951): A Southern California Surfing Pioneer
Surfing aficionados credit Nick Gabaldón as California’s first documented surfer of African and Mexican American descent. Join Alison Jefferson as she discusses his legacy.
Cats Before the Internet: Vernacular Literature
Find out about the first medieval European text to be written in vernacular with Victoria Lord.
JUNETEENTH: A Day of Jubilation
Join UHP as we plan our celebration on June 19th of the little-known holiday, Juneteenth.
Frank Kameny: From Astronomer to Activist
When he was unjustly fired by the federal government, he vowed to fight back. Mary McPartlan explores Frank Kameny's fight for justice.
Building by Design: Architecture and Medicine Intersect
Just what does the architecture of hospitals tell us about their history? Join UHP as we explore.
Baklava Travels the World
How and why did Americans begin to eat baklava? Join us as we discover the rich history of immigrant foods and cultures.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Truth from Fiction
Professor Michelle McClellan explains how the famous Little House Books can help introduce children to the realities of history.
Two Pioneers: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane
Professor McClellan explores the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane. Join her as she explains their place in history and how their lives reflected different visions of womanhood.
The Almost War in the Balkans
The assassination of an Austrian Archduke was not the only source of tension simmering in the Balkans during the summer of 1914.
The Evolution of Coastal Defense
Most soldiers of the Cold War never fired a shot, but they had to remain vigilant. Marc Blackburn discusses how the United States defended itself from its enemies across the sea.
Connections and Conflict
UHP's Cecily Garber interviews Dr. Derek Attig and uncovers the surprisingly controversial history behind the bookmobile.
The Cult of Guinefort: An Unusual Saint
Who decides which holy people can be called saints? And what happens when a dog is declared a saint by the people of France? Michael Lynn explains the history of a most unusual saint.
Best Photo Collections Online
We share with you our favorite photo collections!
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.
An Infamous Theft: The Stone of Scone
Sixty years later, Ian Hamilton would recall the most fateful night of his life as a cold one. Find out what happened during one of the most famous thefts in the history of England.
Olivia Remie Constable:
UHP honors friend and colleague, Olivia Remie Constable.
"His Purest Creation:"
How and why did children as young as twelve and thirteen become soldiers during World War II?
The Science of Keeping Fit
During World War I, military authorities worked hard to train recruits to "keep clean." Discover some of their methods for teaching men about venereal disease.
Prohibition Era Washington, DC in Photos
Get a glimpse of Washington speakeasies during Prohibition and learn about some clever ways to hide your hootch.
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.
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.
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 St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis
in the Late 1930s
Join Diane Afoumado as she explains the difficulties faced by the passengers of one luxury ship in 1939.
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