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Asking ‘Ask the Past’

You may have already stumbled across this gem of a blog: Ask the Past. If you haven’t, take a look. It’s the work of Dr. Elizabeth P. Archibald, who teaches humanities and musicology at the Peabody Institute, the conservatory of

Alice Roosevelt Longworth - portrait, 1904. Daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, and his first wife Alice Hathaway Lee: 12 February 1884 – 20 February 1980. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed “the Second Washington Monument” because of her social power, which she parlayed into political influence. Our listener mail

Bronson Alcott lecturing at Concord School of Philosophy. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Bronson Alcott and May Alcott Nieriker

Following Monday’s episode on Louisa May Alcott, today we’re talking about her father, Bronson, and her youngest sister, May, who each had notable creative and intellectual lives on their own. Bronson was a teacher, a philosopher and an educational reformer

A general view of The Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott, on November 4, 2014 in Concord, MA. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
Missed in History: Louisa May Alcott

If you’ve ever read, seen or even heard of “Little Women,” you may imagine that Louisa May Alcott’s life as a young woman played out much the way the book did — in Orchard House with a father away at

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Missed in History: The Sutherland Sisters

The Sutherland sisters started out as a musical act, performing at churches and fairs with their brother, Charles. But as they got older, their brother left the show so they could perform as the Seven Wonders: seven women, all with

The garrison at the Woodman Museum, under its protective structure. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International by Wikimedia Commons user Magicpiano.
Missed in History: The Cochecho Massacre

A trip to Dover, New Hampshire, last fall was meant to be about wandering around and looking at leaves, but it turned into material for an episode after a visit to the Woodman Institute Museum. One of the Woodman Institute’s

This remarkable photograph is one of the many taken by members of the Andreé expedition in 1897. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS
Missed in History: S.A. Andrée’s North Pole Balloon Mission

When S.A. Andrée and team embarked for the North Pole in a hot air balloon, things started to go wrong almost immediately. But throughout all their hardships, the men kept up a seemingly irrepressible positive attitude. Maybe it was the

Soapman, in the mummy collection room at the National Museum of Natural History on Aug. 24, 2010, in Washington, DC.
Missed in History: Soap People

I’m not sure what’s weirder: that under the right conditions, a dead body can turn into a soapy substance, or that there are a couple of these saponified corpses in museum collections. Thanks to the right combination of body fat,

A Lower East Side Tenement Museum Room (Image by © Kevin Fleming/Corbis)
Missed in History: The Tenement Museum, Part 2

Today’s episode concludes our two-parter on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The museum preserves a historic building at 97 Orchard Street in New York City, while also telling the stories of the families who lived there and of immigration

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Pictures

The Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street preserves immigration history and tells the story of New York's Lower East Side through time. For more information about the museum, its programs and walking tours, visit

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