When I was a child, I loved the story of archeologist Howard Carter uncovering King Tut’s tomb. I could easily envision his face as he first peered within and glimpsed the treasures inside, exclaiming that he saw “Things, wonderful things!” These words are echoed by fictional archeologist Howard Carson in David Macaulay’s 1979 book, Motel … Continue reading
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The Great Thanksgiving Listen
Thanksgiving is going to be different this year. In the midst of a spreading pandemic, many of us will be missing holiday traditions and large family gatherings to stay safely at home. As we do, we’ll be trying to figure out how we can connect virtually and—if we are creative—perhaps invent new and valuable traditions. … Continue reading
Explore Under the Earth—From the Sky!
When I was young, one of my favorite books was called All About Archeology. Before I was old enough to read it myself, I begged my father to read it to me (over and over and over), especially the story of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. The romance and adventure of digging for ancient … Continue reading
Bread Bread Bread. Hats Hats Hats. Voyages in a Book.
You can tell my friends know me well when I receive children’s books and puppets for Christmas. This year I received both. One of the books, Bread Bread Bread, reminded me of an experience I had visiting Paris last year. At the time I visited, an International Festival of Bread was being held just across … Continue reading
What Did the Pilgrims Wear? Primary Sources for Thanksgiving
My favorite conversation for helping students think about primary historical research begins with the question, “What did the pilgrims wear?” I’ve had the same conversation with students from second grade to graduate school and the initial responses are virtually identical, “Men wore tall black hats and shoes with buckles. Women wore long dresses, aprons, and … Continue reading
Before They Were Our Mothers
Between work, play, and visiting family, I’ve spent a lot of time in airports this summer. Occasionally I’ve browsed in the many shops designed to help us survive hours of layovers. In one of those browsing moments I came across a slim volume titled Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie … Continue reading
Papyrology: A Discipline for the Curious
When I was a little girl I was entranced by the story of King Tut. Before I could read independently, I begged my father to read my All About Archeology book over and over (and over!). I loved picturing the gold glinting in the just-opened tomb, but almost as fascinating were the questions raised by … Continue reading
Discussing Like a Historian–Or a Scientist, or a Scholar
Last week I wrote about my hope that helping students see the variety of historical perspectives—and the conflicts that ensued—might allow them to more readily navigate today’s often-gridlocked perspectives on multiple issues. One source for doing so was the Stanford History Education Group’s website, Reading Like a Historian. In the February 2017 issue of Educational … Continue reading
Reading Like a Historian: Antidote to the (Fake) News Wars?
It takes very few conversations these days to understand it is very hard for individuals who view the world from one perspective to hear, understand, and appreciate an alternative point of view. Increasingly, we watch different news sources, read different publications, and have a hard time agreeing on what is “fact” versus what is “fake.” … Continue reading