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Library of Congress: The Ultimate Eye Candy

Continuing from last week’s post about my January trip to Washington DC, I’d like to share my impressions and photos of the Library of Congress. For some reason, this building was open during the partial government shutdown and I’m so very glad it was. First off, the Library of Congress is located in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The building is called that because Thomas Jefferson sold his significant personal library to the United States after…

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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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Slave Clock? Not So Much

This post went live at 8:33 a.m. Central Standard Time on November 5, 2018. Let’s step back in time a moment, shall we? Daylight Saving Time I’m writing this on the evening of November 3rd, on the eve of the end of Daylight Saving Time for 2018. For those of us in the United States who follow Daylight Saving Time, it officially ends at 2 a.m. on November 4th, but who wants to wait up…

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