Wednesday Link Roundup #77: Black Lives and History

Samuel Adams RoundupWednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, and writing posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week.



On Thursday December 11, conservators from the Museum of Fine Arts removed a time capsule from 1795 from the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House.

What’s Inside the State House Time Capsule?” J.L. Bell reveals what the conservators found.

Junto blogger Christopher Jones interviewed my classmate Kyle T. Bulthuis about his new book Four Steeples over the City Streets: Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations

Megan Kate Nelson explores why “Civil War Historians Are Freaking Out.”

Rachel Hope Cleves documents her quest to follow Emily Dickinson’s recipe for Graham Bread in “Love’s Oven is Warm: Baking with Emily Dickinson.”

The editors of Common-Place, an electronic journal of early American history, have released a new issue.

The Massachusetts Historical Society has created a “New Web Presentation of Documents & Engravings about the Boston Massacre.”

What are the most referenced books about the American Revolution? Contributors to the Journal of the American Revolution discuss their favorite books.


#BlackLivesMatterBlack Lives & History

Daina Ramey Berry & Jennifer L. Morgan explore how “#Blacklivesmatter Till They Don’t: Slavery’s Lasting Legacy.”

William Black investigates “How Watermelons Became a Racist Trope.

Dana Canedy reveals her struggle to have “The Talk: After Ferguson, a Shaded Conversation About Race” with her African-American son.

Thomas A. Foster discusses “What You Never Knew About Ronald Reagan National Airport: Abingdon Plantation, an Extraordinary Resource for American History.”


What Do You Think?

What is the most powerful post-Ferguson article that you have read?

What book about the American Revolution do you reference most?


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Boston Historical Events for the Week of December 15, 2014

Boston Historical EventsBoston Historical Events: A list of history-related events taking place in Boston between Monday December 15 and Sunday December 21, 2014.

Please note that this will be the last post of 2014. There are no history-related events scheduled for the weeks of December 22 and 29, 2014.


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Monday, December 15, 6:30-7:30pm, Interpretive Program, Charlestown Branch, Free

Rita Parisi will play Mrs. Gordon, an Edwardian housewife who will take you back in time to celebrate Christmas in 1908. Mrs. Gordon will share her plans for the holiday, including how and what she plans to prepare for Christmas dinner. Discover what ladies, gentlemen, and children wanted in their stockings over 100 years ago. Feel free to bring your Christmas wish list as Mrs. Gordon will help you find what you seek in her 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalog.


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Tuesday, December 16, 6:30-10pm, Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment, $25/per person, Tickets Limited

The Old South Meeting House celebrates the 241st anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with its annual re-enactment. Join Patriots and Loyalists at the Meeting House and help them debate the Tea Act of 1773. After the debate, join the Sons of Liberty as they storm the city and make their way to Boston Harbor to destroy the taxed tea.

I attended this event last year and had a blast. Make sure you bundle up (the event takes place rain, snow, or shine) and buy your tickets in advance as this event has a tendency to sell out.

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Have You Made Your New Years Resolutions for 2015?

New Year AheadWhat would you like to accomplish in 2015?

Have you set your new years resolutions yet?

In this post you will discover my goals for 2015, which include a brand-new endeavor for Uncommonplace Book.


Projects and Goals for 2015

I have 3 major projects and 1 germinating idea that I would like to make significant headway in 2015: My book, podcast, blog, and an experimental project, a public history mastermind.

These projects have been, and will be, vital to my career as an historian, especially as I work with with one foot in academia and the other foot in public history.


Book: America’s First Gateway

Project Goal: Compose a solid draft of my entire book manuscript by the end of 2015.

I am still working on revising my dissertation into a book manuscript.

I do not want to be one of those historians who talks about how I am working on my book for the next 5-10 years. I want to finish it and send it to a publisher.

At this point, having a solid draft of the entire manuscript by the end of 2015 seems like an ambitious goal.

I am 9-10 months into the revision process and thus far I have my dissertation and 2 new chapters in very rough form.

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My attempts to draft 2 new chapters that explore the cultural development of Beverwyck/Albany between 1614-1725 forced me to acknowledge how little specialized knowledge I have about colonial New Netherland/New York.

I spent 7 months trying to read most of what has been written about colonial New Netherland/New York in an attempt remedy this gap in my knowledge.

Additionally, I spent months working on the Beverwyck chapter trying to fit the entire history of the community into 25-35 pages. After several attempts to accomplish this huge feat, I admitted that I could not do it—historians have written entire books on the subject and barely covered it all.

In 2015, I need to be more selective in terms of the stories I tell, especially when I rework my drafts of chapters 1 and 2.

Although I plan to use these lessons as I push forward with my work, I am still not sure how to answer the question: “How will I accomplish my ambitious goal?”

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Wednesday Link Roundup #76: Contextualizing Ferguson & Money for Historians

Franklin RoundupWednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, and writing posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week.



W. Caleb McDaniel penned an op-ed contextualizing Eric Garner’s comments in Time, “History’s Echoes in the Policing that Made Eric Garner Say ‘Enough.’

Jason Sokol discussed “The Unreconstructed North” in his op-ed for The New York Times.

The National Council on Public History published a list of “Public History Resource on Ferguson.”

J.L Bell called attention to “Newton Prince and [his] Struggle for Liberty” during the American Revolution.

Junto Blogger Casey Schmitt explores “The Value of Storytelling,” a post about how the use of audio content in the early American history classroom.

Dave Riley has embarked upon an interesting public history Twitter project: “South Asia 71,” a project designed to bring to life the events that led to the independence of Bangladesh in 1972.

Sara Georgini offered her “Winter Reads,” a list of new and forthcoming early American history books.

NASA made history last week with its first unmanned test of the Orion space capsule: “Day One of the Mars Era.”

Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History is finally available on iTunes.


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The McNeil Center for Early American Studies seeks submissions for its 2015-2016 dissertation fellowshipsDeadline: February 2, 2015

The Dirksen Congressional Center welcomes proposals for its research funds dedicated to the study of U.S. congressional leadershipDeadline: March 1, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities invites “public scholars” to apply for their new “Public Scholar Program” that supports “well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.” Deadline: March 3, 2015



The Society for United States Intellectual History has issued a call for papers for its 7th Annual conferenceDeadline: April 15, 2015



Katrin Schumann discussed “Dealing with Bad Reviews: Facing Our Fear as Writers.”

Mental Floss offered “Writing Advice from Kurt Vonnegut and 3 other Writers.


Share Your Story

What books will you read this winter?


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Boston Historical Events for the Week of December 8, 2014

Boston Historical EventsBoston Historical Events: A list of history-related events taking place in Boston between Monday December 8 and Sunday December 14, 2014.


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Amazon ImageTuesday, December 9, 6:30-8pm, Author Talk, South End Branch, Free

Journalist Jack Beatty will read from and discuss his new book, The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began. Beatty offers a fresh look at World War I by arguing against its inevitability.


Thursday, December 11, 6:30-7:30pm Lecture, Brighton Branch, Free

Historian Anthony Sammarco will present “Christmas Traditions: A Slide Lecture.” Sammarco will explore how New Englanders have celebrated Christmas from the founding of Boston in 1630 through the Victorian era. As the Puritans banned the celebration of Christmas, New Englanders did not celebrate the holiday until the 18th century when they observed with wassail and decorated their houses with greens. The rise of Santa Claus, large decorated Christmas trees, choral groups, and lavish gift giving came about during the 19th century. Light refreshments will be served.



10427930473_9c4aec07d6_qLongfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters (Cambridge, MA)

Thursday, December 11, 6:30-8pm, Lecture, Carriage House, Free, RSVP Recommended

The Friends of Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters presents “‘A Journey of Instruction': General Rochambeau Visits Washington’s Headquarters,” a lecture by Dr. Robert A. Selig (Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany). Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau served as the commander of French forces in the United States during the American War for Independence. On December 13, 1780, Rochambeau wrote to George Washington from Boston, “I came here, to make a journey of instruction, and to admire the brilliant Campaign which your Excellency made.” Washington and Rochambeau met at the Webb House in Wethersfield, Connecticut in May 1781, where they planned the strategy that became the Yorktown Campaign.

The lecture will take place in the carriage house. Call 617-876-4491 to reserve a seat.



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