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Tracking Joy: Mitigating the Negativity

 I admit that I am feeling a lot of negative emotions this week, which sometimes worries me that I’m heading for a type of bitterness and anger that I don’t want to have as my general attitude towards the world. There are moments when that bitterness...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 6 Aug 2021

Tracking Joy: End of July

 One of the things that I have been thinking a lot about is beginnings and endings. Some of this comes from ideas that I've learned through some of the podcasts I regularly listen to (Gretchen Rubin's A Little Happier and Laura VanderKamp's Before Breakfast,...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 30 Jul 2021

Learning to cook

When I think about my family's relationship to the kitchen, I think about a lot of different things. The good, the bad, the "why on earth would a person want to make that"? (Grandma's amazing homemade bread; my Farmor's late-in-life tendency to just boil...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 17 Jul 2021


 It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with this space, but I’ve recently found myself yearning to sit and think aloud here. I’ve missed doing this, even though it’s something that I haven’t missed up until very recently.And so,...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 12 Jul 2021

Padding Galore

Hilary Davidson has argued that there has been an ‘embodied turn’ in history scholarship over the last few years, as historians have increasingly incorporated ‘embodied, experiential, implicit or tacit knowledges gained through making...
From: Bex Unsworth on 2 Apr 2020

Reflections from Guest Curator Patrick Waters

During my week as a guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project, I learned quite a bit about what it was like to live in revolutionary America. What I found most interesting about the advertisements were the subtle things that people were inferring through...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 May 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Sam Surowiec

“Doing” history has always been something I dreamed about but never actually had the opportunity to do. The closest I feel like I have ever been to “doing” history has been whenever I visit museums or historical sites. After those...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Apr 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Bryant Halpin

Looking back at the two projects I worked on, the Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project, I went through a lot of digitized newspapers dating back 250 years ago. They were originally published in revolutionary America. I dealt with many...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Apr 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Aidan Griffin

With my week of curating for the Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project ending today, I will reflect on it. What I think is most important is that “doing” history is fun and interesting rather than boring. History is much...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 6 Apr 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Sean Duda

After my experience as a guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project, I believe that I have taken many things that I will carry in my life going forward. I learned about how one person can make a whole group of people that would have otherwise been disinterested...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Mar 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Zachary Dubreuil

Working on this project taught me to dig deeper into the colonial and revolutionary times and how people lived their lives. Sometimes I just skim the surface of my research and brush by the key parts. This project allowed me to do more research. This...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Mar 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Luke DiCicco

This project really helped me expand my knowledge about American life during the Revolutionary period and how important print culture really was. I came into this class thinking it was going to be just like some other history classes I have taken, a class...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Mar 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Olivia Burke

In the twenty-first century, many people, including myself, skim over advertisements that appear in newspapers or magazines and oftentimes find them annoying. Before partaking in this project, I had little experience with interpreting advertisements nor...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 Mar 2019

Reflections from Guest Curator Chloe Amour

During my time as guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project, I learned a great deal about what it means to dive into history. From retrieving dozens of colonial newspapers from 1769 to wisely selecting advertisements to dissect, I was able to jump into...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Mar 2019

The awkwardness of being a widow

I'm actually working on a piece right now that deals with this concept, but I wanted to write about one of my experiences here. (And I'm talking very generally, because I don't want to call out one single individual or another. I think this is broadly...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 5 Jan 2018

My non-resolution resolutions

I am always hesitant to pick real resolutions every year, because I am terrible at keeping them. Last year, I instead picked a few projects, which I completed with varying levels of success (though I feel like I get something of a pass on not finishing...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 1 Jan 2018

Sue Williams A’Court

This blog is guilty of regularly featuring glorious artwork from long-dead artists, but sometimes, just sometimes, it ventures into the land of the living [artist].Sue Williams A'Court for example, is an artist whose work is very much inspired by those...

First, best, greatest? Women and the philosophical canon

Margaret Cavendish was the first science fiction writer. Mary Wollstonecraft was the first feminist. And, according to this post that popped up on my twitterfeed this morning, Teresa of Ávila was the first to…well, it’s not actually...
From: A Wretched Scrowl on 15 May 2017

Reflections from Guest Curator Jonathan Bisceglia

During my time working on the Adverts 250 Project I spent quite a lot of time trying to decipher the meaning of sometimes very vague advertisements for things as basic as lodging and as complex as slavery. I feel this taught me more about history than...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Apr 2017

Reflections from Guest Curator Shannon Dewar

For as long as I can remember, History has been my favorite subject in school. I can remember doing full body outlines of prominent women in the Revolutionary War, basket weaving, and making our own countries up and creating their own governments throughout...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Apr 2017

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