history history relevance practical history pragmatic historian using history

History from the Air: Space Archaeology

In the September edition of 3 O’Clock Punch!, my email newsletter**, I shared an article on Alice Gorman, a space archaeologist. Gorman discusses the importance of preserving the stuff we put up in space, the satellites, Moon Landing articles, spacecraft, and etc. After sharing that article, I ran across a book at my local library called, “Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past,” by Sarah Parcak. I thought it was going to be…

Continue reading

history history relevance practical history purpose of history using history

History Is Embedded in Language

I just finished reading a novel by Alena Graedon called “The Word Exchange.” The basic plot is that technology, both in the form of handheld devices called “Memes” and a wearable called “Nautilus,” causes what is called a word flu, wherein people start substituting regular words with nonsense words. For some, the flu, which also causes other physical symptoms, is deadly, or it may cause a permanent “silencing” of individuals. Of course, corporate greed and…

Continue reading

history history relevance practical history pragmatic historian using history

Making Press Releases More Helpful for Media Outlets

A quick post for this week, inspired by Joe Hoover of the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) during a break at the 2019 Minnesota State Historic Preservation Conference in St. Cloud. (Yeah, yeah, this is my third post related to the conference, but conferences really suggest a wealth of material for blog posts.) Joe puts together MNHS’s email newsletter Local History News, which is a compilation of history events, announcements and job postings from history organizations…

Continue reading