Everything Has a History

  • Super-X-Ear

    Everything Has a History

    Jaipreet Virdi | Feb 28, 2024

    An ad for the Wrist-Ear sent historian Jaipreet Virdi looking for the physical hearing aid itself.
  • Dragon Head

    Everything Has a History

    Douglas S. Chan and Palma J. You | Jan 2, 2024

    The dragon’s head held by the Chinese Historical Society of America represents a community’s will to survive against extreme adversity.
  • Accori Beads

    Everything Has a History

    Gérard Chouin | Dec 27, 2023

    Glass beads made in medieval Ife became an incredibly valuable European trade good centuries later.
  • Incomplete Paperwork

    Everything Has a History

    L. Renato Grigoli | Nov 30, 2023

    In early 14th-century France, one town was built upon a modern foundation: the blank form.

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    Gabrielle McCoy | Oct 26, 2023

    Notley Brown and Suck were two of the people enslaved at Ross House in Frederick, Maryland, the site of the...
  • Johnny Horizon Environmental Test Kit

    Sherri Sheu | Sep 28, 2023

    A 1970s children’s toy illustrates long-standing interest in—and lack of control over—our environment.
  • Pomegranate Husk Reliquary

    Corinne Kannenberg | Apr 27, 2023

    Sometimes, material objects can be found only in textual reports.
  • St. George’s Ribbon

    Brandon Schechter | Mar 29, 2023

    As Russia wages war on Ukraine, its imagery has leaned heavily on an old icon.
  • The Ghost of Ash Lawn

    Mariaelena DiBenigno | Feb 27, 2023

    James Monroe’s Highland is haunted—but not as the public imagines it.

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