And Now We Are 10!


It’s hard to believe we’ve been hanging out here on the Margins for ten years now. This blog started out as an experiment. It quickly turned into a conversation. (As far as I know, that first post had only three readers: my dad, My Own True Love, and my BFF from graduate school. Now there are some 3000 of you.)

Back in March, I blithely promised you a History in the Margins Top 10, without any sense of what that would mean. Luckily, quite a few of you took me up on my invitation to make suggestions about what should be on the list. Because how on earth could I chose ten out of a thousand?

The posts I’ve linked to below may not be the ten best posts I’ve written in the last ten years. But they are ten posts that you have enjoyed. Which makes me very happy.

In no particular order:

1. The Christmas Truce of 1914

2. The Thrill of the Vote (Some of you sharp-eyed folks  may notice that this first appeared in 2008.  That’s true.  It originally ran as a guest post on someone else’s blog.)

3.Cornelia Fort: Eyewitness to Pearl Harbor

4. Medieval Christianity: More Complicated Than You Might Think (Or At Least More Complicated Than I Thought)

5. Florence Nightingale Does the Math

6. Al-Khwarizmi Does the Math

7. Napoleon on the Art of War:

8. Word with a Past: Silhouette

9. Prince Henry, the So-Called Navigator

10. Road Trip Through History: Lake Itasca State Park and the Headwater of the Mississippi


And speaking of Road Trips Through History, I’m going to cheat and give you a link to an entire category instead of a single post as a lagniappe. As I read through posts from the last ten years, I realized that an extraordinary number of my personal favorites are about places we’ve visited on our travels. (This may be because I’m eager to hit the road again after a year of no travel, no museums, and not historical markers.) Road Trip Through History posts have been part of History in the Margins from the beginning. In my third post, I described what I like in a road trip: Road Trip Through History: The Utopian Communities of New Harmony.  I clearly had no idea that it would be the first of many posts about our history-nerd adventures. If this is the kind of thing you like, you can find all of the Road Trip Through History posts here.  With any luck we’ll be hitting the road again in a few weeks, and I’ll have more history-nerd adventures to share.

Thanks to you all for reading along over the last ten years.  I’m looking forward to many more.



  1. Dad on May 11, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Dad still reads!

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