April 12, 2013
March 26, 2013
How Values Shaped Our Republic and Hold the Key to Our Future
by H. Michael Hartoonian, Richard D. Van Scotter and William E. White
At the heart of America is a great debate. And at the heart of that debate are our shared values: law and ethics, freedom and equality, diversity and unity, common wealth and private wealth. The Idea of America: How Values Shaped Our Republic and Hold the Key to Our Future describes these values and shows how the tensions between them have shaped and continue to shape our history.
March 11, 2013
October 15, 2012
June 20, 2012
Each day, at museums and historic sites across America, stories are told that stick in our memory. Some are true; the phrase “mad as a hatter,” for example, came about because hatmakers were driven mad (or more accurately, poisoned) by mercury they used.
But a great many of these stories—for example, that many colonial women died from burns when their long petticoats caught fire and that this was the second most common cause of death, after childbirth—are myths. In Death by Petticoat, Mary Theobald debunks 63 myths of American history. Theobald’s true stories are every bit as entertaining as the myths themselves.
February 15, 2012
In 18th-century gardens, the broccoli was purple and cucumbers grew to 3 feet long. Lime water controlled aphids, a simple tile trapped slugs in the lettuce beds, and melon seeds were improved by walking about with them in your pockets.
In Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way, historic gardener Wesley Greene shares history and folklore along with practical advice on growing vegetables herbs, garden tools, and cultivation techniques. This is the ultimate organic gardening book—from a time when organic was the only gardening.