Well folks, that's it for me! 'Tis the end of the semester, so I will be signing off (for now). Hopefully I'll be back in the spring with a podcast or two! I am actually hoping to tour the Waverley Hills Sanatorium so maybe I'll have a follow-up podcast for you all on that! Thank… Continue reading Goodbye for Now!!
Happy Thanksgiving! (almost). I hope you all are ready for the holiday where it is acceptable to gain 10 pounds all in one meal. I know I am. I thought it would be a good time to discuss the holiday of Thanksgiving. Sure, you've all heard the same story since first grade: the pilgrims sailed… Continue reading Pilgrims v. Puritans: An Epic Showdown
Greetings! For this week's blog, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Sara Egge, an Associate Professor of History at Centre College, to talk about her award winning book, Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest. Q: What is your book about? A: The book is about the woman suffrage movement in the… Continue reading A Discussion with Dr. Sara Egge
John and Tara sit down to talk about Tara's research over the summer. She had two main projects: a book on American holidays written for a popular audience, and in-depth archival research on documents from Centre College's mid-nineteenth century history. She talks about what it is like to work on two projects, and the benefits… Continue reading Centre Trail Podcast 27: Studying Holidays and the Bhoys
October is officially here! Time to break out those Halloween decorations and buy your costumes. And the best part? Handing out candy to all the eager children on Halloween. Trick or treating has become an integral identity of the holiday. But why? We already dress up in costumes and go to haunted houses. Where does… Continue reading Trick or Treating: A Halloween Tradition
Today is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping celebrated with a party: watching large tanks and other massive weapons trundle slowly past. The nature and technological level of those weapons has attracted some attention, something that is unlikely to terribly worry Xi; indeed, sharing… Continue reading Communist China turns 70
It's officially fall! A time of changing colors, brisk winds, and warm cups of coffee. Speaking of coffee, the Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall would not feel the same if we did not have the Pumpkin Spice Latte. An American delicacy consisting of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and espresso, this drink is sure to get anyone in… Continue reading The Pumpkin Spice Latte: A History of Basicness
When elite Kentuckians founded Centre in 1819 they were not starting the college in a vacuum. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, Centre was a part of white Americans "civilizing" the west as they expanded past the Appalachian mountains. I think 1819 is a hard year for Americans to wrap their heads around.… Continue reading 1819