October 8, 2017
Antigua & Barbuda is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea. If folks in the United States have heard of it, it might be because of the recent ravages of Hurricane Irma. Barbuda, population about 1,600, was evacuated. After the storm, people who live there have little to go back to.
September 20, 2017
The story of Latvian counterfeiters Albert Leon, Fred Marneek, and Rudolph Swanson, outlined in an earlier post, keeps getting more interesting. Among the twists is one that could be filed under “No Honor Among Thieves.” Recently obtained documents from the National Archives have provided some details on proceedings in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the three men were indicted in late 1911 by a federal grand jury. They were accused of counterfeiting $10 bills.
August 6, 2017
Kurt Wallander, Martin Beck, and now Irene Huss. Over the years, I have worked my way through the stories of these three fictional Swedish police detectives and have decided to revisit them, one by one.
July 28, 2017
While most late 19th and early 20th century Latvian immigrants to the United States settled in urban centers, some found new homes in rural areas. The most deliberate effort to establish a Latvian “colony” was in Lincoln County in northern Wisconsin.
July 13, 2017
Since last September, I have been in the shoes of a student, pursuing a graduate certificate in digital public humanities through George Mason University. This summer my focus has been on remaking a history of mass communication course. And as a student, it is reassuring to know that others have faced this challenge before.
July 6, 2017
As part of a course at George Mason University on teaching and learning history in the digital age, we have been asked to develop an “elevator pitch” for our final projects. My project will have students study and report on the first newspaper published in Pierce County, Wisconsin.
July 6, 2017
Education Professor Sam Wineburg in 2015 told a conference of historians about his concerns regarding the veracity of information encountered on the internet, noting especially the need to train young users how to test what they encounter. The internet, he warned, has “obliterated authority.”
Just a list of books on my nightstand. #tsundoku
Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West
By Agata Pyzik, published 2014 by Zero Books.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J.D. Vance, published 2016 by Harper
By Jeffrey Pomerantz, published 2015 by The MIT Press.