Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online

25 May

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900.  The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s.  By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online | Library of Congress

The Illustrious History of the Avocado

24 May

Avocados had an important place in Mesoamerican peoples’ diet, mythology, and culture. It’s possible that they were eaten in Mexico 10,000 years ago. Digest this concise history of the avocado by Erin Blakemore at JSTOR Daily: The Illustrious History of the Avocado | JSTOR Daily

The Namesake of Howard University had Complicated Relationships with African Americans and Native Americans

24 May

Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a complicated postscript. Historian Daniel Sharfstein provides a concise summary of some of Howard’s zealous attempts to serve God through warfare, negotiation, education, and evangelism: The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Land | History | Smithsonian

How Wrigley Chewed Its Way to Gum Greatness

18 May

William Wrigley, Jr. started off as a soap salesman and became a prodigy of consumerism. He sold Americans chewing gum with claims of health benefits: How Wrigley Chewed Its Way to Gum Greatness | JSTOR Daily

The Timeline as a Historical Tool

12 May

Historian Chris Gehrz points out the surprising power of the timeline as a tool for history professors: The Timeline as a Historical Tool – The Pietist Schoolman

How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall

10 May

What does one do when the scanner is too small? Read about what the British Library did: How to Digitize a 357-Year-Old Atlas That’s Nearly 6 Feet Tall – Atlas Obscura

Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement

9 May

Why is grape juice instead of wine used in the Lord’s Supper in so many American Protestant churches? Read historians Jennifer L. Woodruff Tait’s cogent and concise history about this here at Christianity Today: Raise a Juice Box to the Temperance Movement | Christian History

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