Everything Has a History
The Ohio River
Tiya Miles | Jan 27, 2022I am from Cincinnati, a town on the Ohio River; Ohio is an Iroquoian word that translates as “beauti...
Portrait of a Man
Brian Piper | Dec 28, 2021This daguerreotype invites us to explore the important history of how people of African descent participated in New Orleans's early photography scene.
Gillian Frank | Nov 29, 2021Pulp novels of the mid-20th century were titillating and salacious—but this book appeared as abortion became more accepted among Americans.
Tara Mulder | Oct 27, 2021Roses in the ancient Mediterranean were a vital ingredient in gynecological treatments.
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Sep 29, 2021The Chippendales, an all-male striptease show, were a mainstay of 1980s material culture, even appearing in a popular at-home fitness video.
Big Mouth Billy Bass
Sherri Sheu | Aug 26, 2021Billy Bass might be considered mere kitsch, but dismissing this singing fish would ignore some critical linkages between culture and environment.
Dina Kalman Spoerl | Apr 27, 2021Hannah Ditzler Alspaugh's clothing scrapbook chronicles a half-century of fabric swatches, with descriptions noting when each item was worn, for...
A Crocodile’s Gaze
Danielle Alesi | Mar 30, 2021Crocodiles have been our gods, predators, commodities, and pests, and though they inhabited this planet long before us, our histories are intertwined.
The Fateh Al-Khayr
Fahad Ahmad Bishara | Feb 25, 2021The transnational history of the Fateh Al-Khayr, a pre-oil-era dhow, is in tension with its future as a symbol of Kuwait's national past.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Illustrated Envelope
Alexandra F. Levy | Jan 28, 2021A hand-illustrated envelope connected one budding historian to her mother and Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy.