The Temperance Movement in America: Instigating a Ban on “Spirituous Liquors”

A lithograph, “The Drunkard’s Progress”, by Nathaniel Currier supporting the temperance movement, c.1846 / Wikimedia Commons What caused the temperance movement in the United States? By Dr. Jean Baker Professor of History Goucher College The causes of the temperance movement in the United States can be understood as emerging from religious, social, and economic circumstances. Distinct from 20th-century prohibitionists[…]

Tippecanoe and Walking Canes Too

Tippecanoe River, Near Camp Tecumseh, State Y.M.C.A. Camp, Delphi, Indiana / Springfield College Archives and Special Collections  Presentation canes cut from the woods at the Tippecanoe battleground. By Dr. John Buescher Historian Who Was Jacob Warrick? Jacob Warrick (in some sources, referred to as “Warwick”) was born in Virginia in 1773. He married Jane (“Jennie”) Montgomery[…]

Crazy Horse: Leader, Warrior, Martyr…Artist?

The unfinished Crazy Horse memorial in Custer County, South Dakota. Bernd00/Wikimedia Commons More than a century after he died, the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse, who famously fought General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn, is thought of as transcendent force. By Dr. Henry Adams / 10.29.2017 Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History Case Western Reserve University[…]

The Khipu Code: The Knotty Mystery of the Inkas’ 3D Records

Khipu in the Museo Machu Picchu, Casa Concha, Cusco / Wikimedia Commons Instead of words or pictograms, the Inkas used khipus – knotted string devices – to communicate extraordinarily complex mathematical and narrative information. By Dr. Gary Urton (left) and Manuel Medrano (right) / 06.13.2018 Urton: Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies Medrano: Research Assistant, AB Candidate in Applied[…]

The History of Kathmandu Valley, as Told by Its Architecture

Kathmandu’s Darbar Square was one of the worst affected by the earthquake. Jool-yan/shutterstock.com Hundreds of monuments of the Kathmandu Valley’s World Heritage sites were completely destroyed on April 25. Here’s the story of a few of them. By Dr. Michael Hutt / 03.01.2015 Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies SOAS, University of London The Kathmandu Valley, which was already called “Nepal” centuries before the emergence of the modern[…]

Athena the Patron: The History of the Parthenon

The Parthenon seen from the hill of the Pnyx to the west / Wikimedia Commons The most recognized remaining architecture of Classical Athens and the culmination of the development of the Doric order. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 06.14.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction The Parthenon (Greek: Παρθενώνας) is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena built in the fifth century B.C.E. on the Acropolis[…]