Page 1: A typical ad: West Pennsyltucky Technical Community College has an opening for a Visiting Assistant Professor of American History at their regional branch campus in Texazona. It’s a 6-6 teaching load with an option to teach extra online courses for $1500 a piece, and you also have to make marketing calls to recruit […]

or A Brief History of Brief Histories. Once upon a time, history was long, boring, and cumbersome. It was full of facts, and it went on and on. Nobody could read more than a page of it without falling asleep at their desk. Something needed to be done. What if we could condense a history […]

Probably sometime in 1942 or maybe 1943, my grandfather stopped in Southhampton Island  (at the time part of the Northwest Territories) in Canada. Probably because my grandfather had so many war stories from Europe, he never told the story about visiting the Inuit in northern Canada. When my grandfather landed in Canada, the United States […]

A few years ago, when I was still controlling the mic at the classroom podium, I gave my class an assignment to make an illustrated notebook, rather than a final paper.  The purpose of this was to encourage students to go through their notes from 15 weeks of class and re-think them, integrate them in […]

On Friday, I was interviewed for 50 minutes for the Research on Religion podcast, run by Tony Gill, a professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. The topic of our discussion was the history of the Dutch immigrant leader Albertus Van Raalte and his church history manuscript that I re-discovered in the archives […]

This week, I served as a judge at a history fair a local K-12 school (yes, a rare remaining example of K-12 under one roof).  Anyway, I had to smile at the trend of history presentations based on very recent things, like ninendo, Pokemon, and X-box. Who is to say that this history is less […]

  I was recently interview about my book What is Classical Liberal History? on the Tom Woods Show. Listen here. I like the title “Dissident Historians” even though I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t try to be radical in my book or in the interview. At any rate, simple believing in open argument about […]

The physicist Richard Feynman, one of my heroes and inspirations, once said: “When he [a historian] says Napoleon existed, or that the French Revolution was in 1783, he means that if you look in another book about the French Revolution, you’ll find that same date. 1789, maybe. That’s pretty accurate for a physicist to have […]

The previous owner of my home sent me some photographs of it from the 1980s. The build date was 1986. Like always, learning history brings up more questions than it answers. At the time, the house was much smaller. It was a cabin built by and for a retired guy. At some point, they added […]

Today I stopped by one of my favorite antique stores, Alpha & Omega Antiques, near Staunton, VA.  I found a box of slides and a projector in near mint condition. With some help from my friend Mike Healy, the store’s owner, we got the projector working. After a few adjustments, we projected an image against […]