ALHFAM defines itself as “An Organization of People Who Bring History to Life.” But whose history are we bringing to life? Our organization is overwhelming white. Can we truly bring history to life, all of it not just the pretty parts, when our membership and the living history field is a mass of shinny white faces?… Continue reading Whose History Are We Bringing to Life?
It’s Not the Jewish Christmas: An Introduction to Jewish Holidays and Their Observance in North America, Part I
On October 2, 1911, readers of the Annapolis Evening Capital opened their papers to find the following announcement: “Jew Stores Closed. Today all the Jew stores in town were closed, this being the Day of Atonement, one of the most solemn days in the Jewish calendar.” It is doubtful that most non-Jewish residents of Annapolis… Continue reading It’s Not the Jewish Christmas: An Introduction to Jewish Holidays and Their Observance in North America, Part I
Piecing is Period…A Gown Revision
We’ve all had that gown that we love but made before we knew better. Sometimes with a little ingenuity and a handy needle, it is possible to correct those earlier mistakes. … Continue reading Piecing is Period…A Gown Revision
As the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and prepares for a national election, you can test your knowledge of the long fought battle to secure the right to vote. … Continue reading Test Your Knowledge of U.S. Women’s Suffrage
Hidden in the stories of African American involvement in agriculture are the truths that African Americans struggled, sometimes at the cost of their lives, to obtain land and to become productive citizens by cultivating it. In addition, African Americans were involved in the creation of educational institutions and business organizations dedicated to the self-help and economic and spiritual improvement of Black farmers and their families in the South.… Continue reading Reclaiming the Dream
When I wrote the first draft of this blog entry back in February, it was supposed to be a look back at my first six months as the new director of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. It was supposed to be me reflecting on how my role in the industry had changed. It was… Continue reading Moving Forward