From the Beaupre Antiphonary, Vol. 2, Walters Art Museum, W.760 f 173r, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license, and shown in Ask the Past’s advice on how to live, circa 1200.
Missed in History: Elizabeth P. Archibald of Ask the Past

It’s an interview episode! Today we’re talking to Elizabeth P. Archibald of the Ask the Past blog and the recently released book, “Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear.” In addition to talking about the book itself and

Conservator Pam Hatchfield removes a newspaper from a time capsule, which was placed under a cornerstone of the State House in 1795, by a group of the U.S. founding fathers including Samuel Adams, then the state's governor, and patriot Paul Revere. Image by © BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters/Corbis
Missed In History: Time Capsules

In this episode, we’re putting our inboxes at great risk by talking about one of the most controversial, ire-inducing, heated subjects ever to grace our Facebook page: time capsules. Here’s a link to the contents of Time Capsule Expo ’70,

Videos: Frankie Manning and Lindy Hop

As promised in the second part of our two-parter on Frankie Manning (here’s part one), here are some videos of Frankie Manning and Lindy Hop. A Frankie Manning tribute video: From “Hellzapoppin’,” with the dancers’ names: Frankie Manning and the

Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning, circa 1998. Image by © Ed Kashi/VII/Corbis
Missed In History: Frankie Manning Part 2

In the second part of our episode on Frankie Manning, we talk about his career as a professional, touring Lindy Hop dancer, which was interrupted by World War II. After the war, popular music changed dramatically — and his life

Frankie Manning, 84 in this picture, teaches a Lindy Hop workshop. Image by © Ed Kashi/VII/Corbis
Missed In History: Frankie Manning Part 1

Frankie Manning was one of the world’s most well-known and influential Lindy Hop dancers. He learned to dance by watching and doing, and eventually he translated that experience into a career as a professional dancer. In today’s episode, we talk

Stuff You Missed in History Class: The (First) Live Show!

It’s our first live show! Holly and I will be taking the stage at the DiMenna Center’s Mary Flagler Cary Hall during New York Super Week. Our show is at 9 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, October 10, and we’ll be interviewing

Photo courtesy Simon & Schuster
Missed in History: The Wright Brothers

OK: I’m willing to bet most folks did not miss the Wright brothers in history class. However, I’m also willing to bet most history classes haven’t had the honor and privilege of talking to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David

Mt. Misery, as seen from the sea. (Photo by Tracy V. Wilson)
Missed in History: The St. Kitts Slave Revolt

When it comes to the uprising on St. Kitts in 1834, “slave revolt” is a bit of a misnomer. The uprising stemmed from the British Empire’s plan for manumitting most of the remaining enslaved people in its territories. Rather than

“Crockett Street Looking West, San Antonio de Bexar.” Painting by Hermann Lungkwitz,1857.
Missed in History: The Siege of Béxar

When it comes to the Texas Revolution, the Alamo gets the lion’s share of the fame — so much so that there are two episodes in our archive on the subject. One is on the Alamo, and the other is

Image: Walters Art Museum W.106, f. 15r. © Walters Art Museum, used under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license.
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

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