June 2013

Road Trip Through History: The Arabia Steamboat Museum

June 27, 2013

The Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City is a private museum. Like all private museums, it’s the result of personal passion. Unlike many private museums, it’s big, professionally designed, and stunning.* The museum weaves together three separate stories into an exciting whole: life in frontier America, the steamboats that served as the semi-trailers of the […]

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And we have a history-buff winner!

June 25, 2013

Several weeks ago I asked you to tell me what kind of history buff you are–and as an incentive I offered a chance to win one of my favorite history books from recent months. I was pleased (surprised!, stunned!) by the number of people who not only answered, but wrote long thoughtful replies. Here are […]

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History on Display: Faces of the 1st

June 20, 2013

Last week My Own True Love and I made the long drive to outer suburbia to see a special exhibit at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park: Faces of the 1st. It was well worth the trip. Several years ago we happily spent a rainy Memorial Day at the First Division Museum and were […]

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How to Create the Perfect Wife.

June 13, 2013

The myth of one man’s effort to create a perfect woman is a recurring theme in Western literature, from Ovid’s telling of the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea in classical Rome to Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady in twentieth-century America.* In each version of the story, the creator falls in love with his creation, […]

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History on Display: Scenes from the Stone Age

June 11, 2013

I don’t get to Chicago’s Field Museum as often as I would like. I notice a special exhibition that looks interesting: Cleopatra, the royal courts of India, pirates. I look at how long it’s running and think, “Oh, I have plenty of time.” Then I put my head down and forget about it until it’s […]

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The Riddle of the Labyrinth

June 6, 2013

In The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest To Crack An Ancient Code, Margalit Fox adds a new layer to the story of how the ancient script known as Linear B was deciphered. In 1900, archaeologist Arthur Evans uncovered a cache of clay tablets in an unknown script on Crete. For fifty years, scholars across […]

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History on Display: Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

June 4, 2013

My Own True Love and I recently went to see Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. As far as I’m concerned, the play isn’t one of Shakespeare’s best,* but the performance was a theatrical tour de force. As always. CST knows how to do it right. Written in 1613, ten years after the Queen Elizabeth’s […]

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