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Where Historic Buildings Go to Die

A few weeks ago, my husband and I met up with friends for a social evening out. During the course of conversation, our friends told us about a visit they had paid to a site that had many historic buildings — not a historic site because all these buildings had been moved to the site from somewhere else. Because there were so many buildings, it became obvious they were not all being fully maintained. Our…

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Domicology and Historic Preservation

As I sit down to write this post, a number of thoughts related to the historic preservation of structures are flitting through my mind. I’ll try to focus on one of them here and perhaps tackle others in later posts. I read an article the other day on The Conversation that introduced me to a new word: Domicology. Domicology was coined by the Center for Community and Economic Development at Michigan State University. It “is…

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Bite-Sized History for Immediate Use

I follow a fabulous #twitterstorian on Twitter. A #twitterstorian is simply a historian on Twitter, one who is willing to share history on the site. This particular #twitterstorian writes such impressive history threads that I’ve been moved to recommend her. She is Heather Cox Richardson and she describes herself as a “Historian. Author. Professor. Budding Curmudgeon.” (In this day and age, I, too, proudly belong in the Budding Curmudgeon Club.) Heather’s Twitter threads are not…

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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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A Post About Wristwatches

I read a fascinating article from GQ on a gang of smash-and-grab wristwatch thieves. It’s called The Time Bandits of Southern California and in it writer Amy Wallace details how law enforcement cracked the case of a series of wristwatch burglaries at high-end retailers in California. The thieves targeted expensive wristwatches so they had a greater chance of a high monetary return on the risks they were taking. The article lists a number of brands…

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