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When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water

A while back I read this article by Mary Miley Theobald in Colonial Williamsburg’s magazine about common myths of American historic sites. Then I listened to a podcast interview with the author (MP3 download and transcription). And that in turn told me about her History Myths Debunked blog. Which all, to be accurate, cover the same ground. My favorite item is “Bed were shorter back then because people were shorter.
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“Myths in History” from Colonial Williamsburg

History / US History : Boston 1775 (2 years ago)

The latest issue of Colonial Williamsburg magazine offers an article by Gil Klein about “The Use of Myths in History.” Klein discusses the power and possible inevitability of historical myths:In the view of professional historians, ... Read Post

Podcast 121 Transcript is Ready!

Entertainment / Books : Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (6 hours ago)

If you like reading the podcast more than listening to it, the transcript of this week’s episode, during which I interview Rose Lerner, is ready. We discuss historicals, Heyer-infused compliments, and more. Read Post

The Latest from Williamsburg

History / US History : Boston 1775 (4 years ago)

The new issue of the journal Colonial Williamsburg is out, trailing online versions of: Mary Miley Theobald’s article “Lies My Docent Told Me,” about persistent myths in historical museums. [Susan] Smyer, who has led panel discussio... Read Post


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