Teaser clip: Liberty Bell

A teaser clip from our upcoming Magna Carta documentary. ...more

Boston Tea Party: The importance of No Taxation Without Representation

This is a teaser clip from our upcoming documentary about Magna Carta. ...more

Oh sure, coding is fine. But without a classical education you are nothing but numbers

Or worse, just one number, lost in a crowd of ones and zeroes. I am so pleased to be reading stories like this one (warning, it's looooooong), about how tech's new hottest thing is the "useless" liberal arts degree....more

History's Postpartum Bodies

Last month, I looked at the mythology of traditional childbirth. This post examines history’s postpartum body in more detail. Admittedly, “history” is a broad term. Nonetheless, we can assume the childbirth repercussions for a sizable minority remained constant. ...more

Book review: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Everybody sort of knows the story of the Wright Brothers but in listening to this book I realized that I didn't know much about them as people....more

Wonderful history books for kids

Have I got a treat for you....more

On making films with your family

My husband and I have been working on a documentary about Magna Carta since January. We went to England in April and to the US in May to film (the kids came with us, and actually helped with the production), and have been busy sorting through the footage and editing it ever since. Today I'm happy to report he is done whipping the footage into a coherent narrative (yes, he deserves a drink), and now it’s my turn to play. I take what he’s done and pretty it up with b-roll, animations, transitions, etc. It’s a lot of work but so far it’s going well. Go freedom! ...more

Vimy: Canada Can (And Should) Do Better

I was quite taken by Tristin Hopper's column about how disappointing the Vimy memorial tour experience is. I remembered my husband saying something about that when he came back from shooting his documentary about the 100th anniversary of the First World War last year. Turns out that he'd shot a short, cranky rant on precisely that topic....more

#tbt retail in Tonawanda, NY circa 1971

#tbt 1971 & some Tonawanda retail historySo much retail- so little time. Or something like that. I have just discovered the browse newspapers section of Fulton History and now I will be getting nothing done.Why 1971? Why not. Why Tonawanda retail history? Because that is the first newspaper I snagged since I know the area & remember some of the now closed stores....more

Why Is Titanic Still So Fascinating After 103 Years?

  Very early in the morning on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank below the icy waters of the North Atlantic and careened to its final resting place at the bottom of the ocean. Yet today, 103 years later, people are still as fascinated with the story as they’ve ever been. ...more