On Labor Day, My Own True Love and I indulged in a history nerd holiday and spent the afternoon at the Chicago History Museum’s* exhibit on the blues in Chicago. Amplified Chicago Blues is local history the way it should be told: placing the local within its larger historical context while still focusing on local…

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On October 11, 1965, just a few hours before Columbus Day,* Yale University announced that it owned a newly discovered map of the world, dating from approximately 1440 AD, that showed an island named Vinland, the Vinilandia insula of the Icelandic sagas, off the coast of North America. The timing was not accidental: if the…

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While we were at Mystic Seaport, we were lucky enough to see an exhibit titled The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden. Curated by the Gustavianum Museum at Uppsala University, the exhibit is based on a ten-year research project that began in 2016. Known as “The Viking Phenomenon”, the project is designed to study…

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