I realize that it is not yet March, but I’m eager to start the conversation about Women’s History Month this month. A lot of us who work in the field of women’s history have mixed feelings about Women’s History Month.** On the one hand, we are pleased to have an excuse to celebrate the achievements…

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One of the unexpected things I learned during our visit to Nuremberg over the holidays is that the city was the home to the first mass-produced graphite lead pencils, beginning in 1662. Before we visited Nuremberg, I hadn’t given the history of pencils much thought.* In fact, the only piece of pencil history that I…

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