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Historic Aerial Photos to Track Climate Change

I was writing an article on history and climate change for work when a thought dawned on me regarding how to document areas affected by climate change. The Expected Effects of Climate Change I opened my article with information about the Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise and its Gold Nugget Museum. I also discussed the Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II, which was recently released by the federal government. The report discusses…

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Museums for Clocks & Watches

Okay, I’m writing a super easy post tonight, which will go live tomorrow at 8:33 a.m. In contrast to the other blogs I’ve kept, with which I have written posts and published them immediately, with The Pragmatic Historian my goal has been to write posts ahead of time and schedule them. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but here I am on a Wednesday night after a full day of writing and editing…

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THIS Is How to Use History in a Pragmatic Fashion

I am always on the lookout for pragmatic uses of history, particularly ones that attempt to drive important changes in society. While history is like air in that it is all around us and constantly being used (and, thus, often ignored), it isn’t always used with such deliberation as the example I found earlier this week. The Trump Administration has actively been attempting to ban transgender people from military service. Its latest maneuver has been…

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Unarticulated History

Let’s face it. Even in this age of individuals digitally capturing and sharing the minutiae of daily life, we simply can’t capture and hold all of history in order to replay it later. Even a video camera only records what’s within range of its lens. If you are facing the lens, it’s not picking up your back. Sure, you could put multiple video cameras in a room in hopes of recording everything happening in that…

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Bog Coat / Bog Bodies

Bog Coat The Textile Center of Minnesota recently offered a class on how to construct a bog coat. As a fiber artist, I’m curious about elemental forms of clothing construction, particularly jackets and pants made from basic shapes with very little cutting or sewing involved. When I saw the class offering, the bog coat piqued my interest and I looked it up online. I found several websites sharing the bog coat pattern. Using one piece…

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