Erasing History

By Eilene Lyon “There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people.” -- George Galloway I recently saw this meme posted on Facebook and felt it brought up issues regarding history that this blog ought to address. Taken at face value, I... Continue Reading →

Place-Name Problem

By Eilene Lyon If you're a historian or genealogist working with original stories, you may have encountered this problem. The writer mentions a geographic place name, and try as you might, you can't find it on a map -- anywhere. This happened to me yesterday. I'm reconciling various accounts of events leading up to the... Continue Reading →

The Huntington: Galleries

By Eilene Lyon During my day-long visit to the Huntington, I alternated between strolling through the gardens and visiting the galleries to get out of the sun for a bit. I wrote previously about the gardens. Henry and Arabella were both collectors and particularly enamored with Louis XVI French style. Their former residence is dedicated... Continue Reading →

No True History

By Eilene Lyon We recently watched The Abolitionists, by American Experience.  It is an excellent and high-production-value 3-part series about the role played by the anti-slavery movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.  One thing that struck me was the portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in the film.  I’ve read books and articles on Lincoln,... Continue Reading →

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