Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

Our Town: Orange City, Iowa

6 Nov

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Orange City, the county seat of Sioux County, Iowa, is a square mile and a half of town, more or less, population six thousand, surrounded by fields in every direction. Sioux County is in the northwest corner of the state, and Orange City is isolated from the world outside—an hour over slow roads to the interstate, more than two hours to the airport in Omaha, nearly four to Des Moines. Hawarden, another town, twenty miles away, is on the Big Sioux River, and was founded as a stop on the Northwestern Railroad in the eighteen-seventies; it had a constant stream of strangers coming through, with hotels to service them and drinking and gambling going on. But Orange City never had a river or a railroad, or, until recently, even a four-lane highway, and so its pure, hermetic culture has been preserved.

So begins a well-written, well-researched article on Orange City…

View original post 14 more words

Advertisements

Is it still okay to venerate George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?

19 Aug

Historian David A. Bell offers some wise words on heroes and the past: Is it still okay to venerate George Washington and Thomas Jefferson? – The Washington Post

In These Surreal Times: Detecting Fake Reality with Artist Pawel Kuczynski

3 Jul

Combining humor with frustration over Poland’s political situation and global issues such as poverty, war, and racial division, Pawel Kuczynski uses visual metaphors to bring out uncomfortable truths: In These Surreal Times: Detecting Fake Reality with Pawel Kuczynski by Shana Burleson

On Hillary Clinton’s Methodist Faith, rev.

27 Jul

In case your link on the first version of this doesn’t work, maybe this one will (don’t ask me why the problem; I’m a historian, not a computer specialist … sigh).

Calvin College historian Kristin Du Mez (a graduate of Dordt College, down the road a few miles here in Sioux County) offers here a fine analysis of candidate Hillary’s Christian roots: Can H…

Source: On Hillary Clinton’s Methodist Faith

On Hillary Clinton’s Methodist Faith

27 Jul

Calvin College historian Kristin Du Mez (a graduate of Dordt College, down the road a few miles here in Sioux County) offers here a fine analysis of candidate Hillary’s Christian roots: Can Hillary Clinton’s Faith Help Her Lead a Fractured Nation? | Religion & Politics

The Pokémon Pandemic is Upon Us…Go Wash your Hands

14 Jul

Blogger Sarah Angleton has some astute observations here that connect Pokemon Go with history …

Author Sarah Angleton

In February of 1512, a Spanish Conquistador named Juan Ponce de León received a royal commission to pillage, plunder, and claim the rumored islands northwest of Hispaniola. King Ferdinand specifically wanted this honor to go to Ponce de León, a Spanish son of a good Spanish family, because he did not want to cede any more power to Diego Columbus, the uppity son of that silly Italian fellow who’d done all the exploring for them in the first place.

Ponce de León had travelled to the New World initially on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1493. Though it’s not clear what he did in the meantime, by 1504 he became the right hand man of the appointed governor of Hispaniola, Nicolás de Ovando, by effectively squashing a rebellion by the native Taínos.

Juan_Ponce_de_Leon Juan Ponce de Léon, pillager, plunderer, and Pokémon Trainer extraordinaire. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Thus…

View original post 908 more words

Empathy, racial reconciliation, and the study of history

13 Jul

My mostly digital friend John Fea (we have physically met), historian at Messiah College, begins an astute op-ed for evangelicals here at the Christian Century site: On Sunday, after a tragic week …

Source: Empathy, racial reconciliation, and the study of history

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

Lenten Lamentations

Preparing to Participate in God's Mosaic Kingdom

The Text Message

Discoveries from processing and reference archivists on the job

john pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

The Pietist Schoolman

The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

Native News Online

American Indian News

Reformed Journal: The Twelve

Reformed. Done Daily.

i-history

by Alex Scarfe

blogwestdotorg.wordpress.com/

Thoughtful Conversation about the American West

Northwest History

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

%d bloggers like this: