The Donor Side

This past week I participated in the museum donation process from the other side – the donor side. My father was donating some of the papers of his father and grandfather to a military museum, and my sister and I joined him. The initial meeting with members of the collections and research departments was relatively [...]

History in Films: X-Men First Class

Tonight I saw the movie X-Men First Class. What follows are some thoughts about the use of history in the film, all put behind a tag so that those who haven't seen the film can keep themselves spoiler-free if they want to. Before the cut, I want to state for the record that I am, [...]

Knights in armor and men with gonnes

Every year in the spring, my friends who are historical reenactors go to two events: Military Through the Ages, at Jamestown (MTA), and Marching Through Time, at MariettaHouse Museum in Maryland (MTT). Although the two events are quite different in scale and outward tone, the basic concept is the same. Groups that interpret military companies or troops from [...]

The Revolution in Egypt

I have been wanting to write about following the events in Egypt, and how it made me feel connected to those observers who witnessed the French Revolution, as well as those who witnessed the American. I may still write a nice, scholarly post about it. This isn't that post. I read the news on Twitter [...]

No WalMart at the Wilderness

Today, the news came that WalMart had decided not to build on the disputed spot on the Wilderness Battlefield. I am cautiously optimistic. Back in May, 2009, I attended the hearing regarding the WalMart held by the County board of supervisors. I apparently didn't blog about the meeting afterwards, for which I apologize. Two statements [...]

Alternatives to Delicious

According the news, Delicious (an online bookmark manager) is being sent the way of the Dodo by Yahoo. I hadn't even realized that Yahoo had acquired delicious, which I've been using off and on for years now. So, the question becomes: if delicious is dead, what do we use instead? Suggestions thus far include: Licorize [...]