Who knows what history lurks in the audiobook section…

The Shadow Knows! I've been listening to CD recordings of the old radio show The Shadow that I checked out of the library. The shows range from the 1930s to the 1950s and the historical context is wonderfully apparent. All except the later shows have advertising at the start, middle, and end. I've been encouraged …

Change vs. Exchange

I am reading the Baron Montlezun's Voyage fait dans les années 1816 et 1817: de New-Yorck à la Nouvelle-Orléans, et de l'Orénoque au Mississippi, although only the part about his visit to Orange County, Virginia (perhaps I might read the rest later). He had a conversation with President Madison, at the latter's house, where they …

Wilderness Update

Nothing from the courts, I'm afraid, but the NTHP has named Wilderness Battlefield as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010. It's also worth noting that the #1 most endangered historic place is America's State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites. If you have a State-owned historic site or park that you enjoy, …

A little secret

I twittered this earlier and a number of people have picked it up, so I figured I'd repost it here, for posterity (even if the Library of Congress has archived it somewhere): "The secret of many historians is that we're gossips who are too polite to talk about the living"

Lawsuit on Wilderness Battlefield moves forward

Just an update on Wilderness Battlefield: the judge has ruled that the lawsuit brought by local residents, the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation can move forward, although the NTHP has been dropped as a plaintiff since they apparently do not qualify as an affected party. Read the full press …

Home Sweet Home

I started writing this post almost a year ago, when a number of stories all came together at once. There was  NPR  talking about the effect of the recession on home ownership, and a promotional piece from one of the local stations about a woman who was presenting her research on the Sears homes-selling method, …

Thoughts from Virginia Forum

I spent the last two days at my first Virginia Forum. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed myself.One of the strengths of the Forum is the diversity of the attendees: professors, graduate students, museum types (like me), university librarians, museum librarians, library librarians, archivists, historical society staff, independent scholars, and I'm …

Citizenship and National Identity

This morning on NPR I heard a story about the push for immigration reform, and a rally in Washington to happen this weekend. Senator Russell Pearce of Arizona, who apparently opposes reform, said of the pro-reform marchers "They're as treasonous and as un-American as anyone I know." The quote came on the heels of a …