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Josephine Cochran: History of the Dishwasher

Most of us rarely stop to think about the history of mundane things, such as our household items and appliances.  The dishwasher didn’t become commonplace in homes until the latter part of the 20th century.  However, the dishwasher has a history dating back more…

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Added by Melina Druga on November 7, 2018 at 10:08am — No Comments

Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night: Victorians and the Paranormal

Belief in the paranormal is not something that’s limited to modern times.   It began long ago with our ancestors telling spooky stories for entertainment.  The Victorians, especially, were practically obsessed with ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Spiritualism – the belief that the dead can interact…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 24, 2018 at 10:11am — No Comments

If Money Could Buy Anything: Carnegie’s Diplodocus

What would you purchase if you had more money than you could spend?  A private island?  A fleet of personal jets?  A sports team?  Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie purchased a dinosaur skeleton.

Carnegie became interested…

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Added by Melina Druga on October 10, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

Gunda the Elephant: A Early Animal-Rights Story

Visitors to zoos today see animals housed in large enclosures where the creatures have room to play, exercise and interact with their own kind.  This wasn’t always the case.  More than a century ago, animals were kept behind bars in small cages.  Sometimes the situation was even worse, as with Gunda the elephant, an inmate at the Bronx Zoological Park in…

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Added by Melina Druga on September 26, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments

Yes, There Really Was Cocaine in Coca-Cola

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Added by Melina Druga on September 12, 2018 at 10:55am — No Comments

Birth of a Nation: Both Genius and Foul

Can something be simultaneously genius and vilely racist?  This is the question posed by D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film Birth of a Nation.  Silent film star Mary Pickford called it the first movie that made people take the motion picture industry seriously.  The film debuted in a politically charged atmosphere, full of anti-immigrant bias, racial tensions, and fear of danger from…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 29, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

Looking for a New Place for Your Voice to Be Heard?

Looking for a new place for your voice to be heard?

I’m always interested in hearing other people’s points of view.  I invite you to guest blog and let the world hear what you have to say.

For a list of topics and writing guidelines visit:…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 17, 2018 at 4:33pm — No Comments

At This Rate It’ll Take Me 100 Years to Finish My Novel

It is difficult to believe, but it has been more than a year since I last posted an update on my blog.  At that time, I was taking a break from blogging, as I had written about all the topics I wanted to cover, and I was going to begin the process of again rewriting my novel Angel of Mercy.

 

At the time, I believed I would be finished by the…

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Added by Melina Druga on August 9, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

WWI: Forgotten in the U.S. But Not Around the World

World War One is the most important event of the 20th century, setting into motion a second world war, the Cold War, and countless political and social revolutions. Most Americans know nothing about it including the fact that Veterans Day, November 11, was Armistice Day. To add insult to injury, there is no national World War One memorial in Washington D.C.

So why has the war been largely forgotten? I have six theories.…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 19, 2017 at 11:08am — No Comments

History That Speaks to My Soul

History has always been a passion of mine. It began long ago when my mother read me the Little House on the Prairie series. Since that time, I have read volumes of history books, taken classes for the sure pleasure of learning, watched documentaries, and been drawn to historical fiction movies and television programs sometimes for no other reason than I want to study the sets and costume design.

But not every period of history speaks equally to me. I don’t find them all…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 17, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Do You Love History?

Do you love history as much as I do?  If so, I invite you to visit my blog.  I write about the timeframe 1890-1920 with occasional updates on my writing career and guest blog posts sprinkled in.

Click here  to visit my blog and step back in time.

Added by Melina Druga on April 17, 2017 at 1:01pm — No Comments

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