How Much of a History Nerd are You?

I recently received this YouTube video in a newsletter from The History List*:

[Note: If you’re reading this via email, you will need to go to your browser to see the video. Just click on the title.]

I was amused. I was touched. I identified. And I want to know “What is the nerdiest history thing you have ever done?”

As a full-time professional history nerd, I find it hard to chose. But if I have to choose one: backing up down a road because we passed a historical marker.

* The History List is exactly what it sounds like: a data base of history events and exhibits in the United States. History List as also the organizer of a one-day event called History Camp, which they describe as an “unconference”. Here’s the link if you want to know more:


  1. Stephanie Publicker on September 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I dragged a co-worker on an historical tour of Salem, MA by telling her it would be about witches even though I knew it wouldn’t.

    • pamela on September 14, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      Truth in advertising is a tricky concept for history nerdery.

  2. Carolyn Schriber on September 14, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Driving down a “POSTED” dirt road to get closer to an old South Carolina plantation house I wanted to use as a setting in a book I was writing. Backing up just as fast when we spotted a male figure with a shotgun at the end of the road. Using the house as a setting anyhow–minus the shotgun!

    • pamela on September 14, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Love it!

  3. Gina Conkle on September 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    My best history nerd moment: Excitedly asking my family to hike Hadrian’s Wall (and thinking they’d be just as thrilled). That was a decade ago. I’m happy to report a modified plan is in the works for September, 2019.

    • pamela on September 16, 2018 at 2:02 am

      I’m jealous!

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