“Another Century” is a blog that highlights American history between 1850 and 1950. We like to divide history into centuries that begin and end in ninety nine and zero, but what if you looked at a hundred years that starts and stops on different dates? My century, roughly bookended by the start of the Civil War and the beginning of the Cold War, is home to some of my favorite characters and stories from history and I hope to share many of them with you in this blog.
My name is Ty Stump and I grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. I used to live in the College Park, MD area while I was in school, but now have moved north and live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
In general, I like to write about American history, and my favorite topics are business and advertising, popular culture, the American West, and home-front life during wartime. I really like writing about local and family history too.
I studied to be an archivist and a historian at the University of Maryland, College Park, and have worked at the University of Maryland Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Anthropological Archives, and Pennsylvania State Archives. I’ve been fortunate over the years to been able to work with many historical records and I try to incorporate that into my writing as much as I can.
I also have the good fortune of being married to an archivist! My wife Andra is an accomplished digital archivist who helps me navigate the world of digital archives and to find historical sources available online. My posts would be much less interesting without her editing and help finding sources and images.
Feel free to leave a comment with any questions or comments about my blog posts or about American history between 1850 and 1950 in general.
Please note that the postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution, or the University of Maryland.