Hello and welcome to “Another Century.” In general, it seems like we divide history into centuries- the 18th, 19th, 20th, etc. But I think it’s a lot more interesting (and makes more sense) to pick 100 year periods that start and stop on dates that don’t end in ninety nine and zero. In this blog, I’m going to focus on 1850 to 1950, a period when there were lots of really cool things going on in American history and in the rest of the world! My century has different bookends, but I think its home to most of my favorite stories from history.
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 especially like local and family history, and hope to explore all of those topics soon in this blog.
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 fascinating collections of documents and other historical records about all sorts of topics and I try to incorporate that into my writing as much as I can. I’ll try to keep a list of things I’d like to explore in the future, but you never know what I’ll end up writing about next!