The freedom of worship has been at the foundation of American society from the moment the first English colonists arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in…
Is the distinct dialect of Appalachia really “older than Shakespeare,” as linguists once claimed? Well, yes and no. No matter how isolated the…
Family history researchers know that they are always sifting through a mix of facts and, perhaps, fiction when they dig into the family archives…
The oldest human stories contain tales of secret identities, hidden pregnancies, and illicit affairs. Babies have always been born in and out of…
It’s a common story in many American families, the one about how the family surname changed from Hanstein to Hanson, or Fuchs to Fox. “It was changed at…
Reckless soldiers, pork plants, citizen riots: there are a lot of ways a municipal courthouse can be destroyed, and over the years Cincinnati’s Hamilton…
The influence of German-speaking immigrants to the United States is so widespread it’s almost hard to see. The nineteenth century was the era of…
“I not only do not intend to set about another book too soon, but, thank God, never intend to write another one if I keep my sanity,” wrote Margaret…
Much of upstate New York is still rural, but the majority of cities and towns there have one thing in common: they are located within 25 miles of the…
Washington State became a United States territory in 1853 and was admitted as a state in 1889. During those decades the Pacfic Northwest endured…
On 2 August Americans will probably not celebrate any patriotic holiday in particular, even though it will be the 245th anniversary of the signing of…
On 21 May 2021 the American Red Cross will celebrate its 140th birthday. The proof of its success is obvious if we try to imagine what life was like…