Fronts and Backs

Something that has always perplexed me about the original cottages has been which is the front and which is the back. When Crisse asks me to get the sunscreen from the front bedroom in cottage 2, I have to check both rooms. I’m never quite sure, even after 17 years or so, which is which. […]

Where we’ve come from

  It’s hard for people my age to imagine a time when the Cape wasn’t the principal summer destination in New England; when traffic backups at the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges weren’t purgatorial and the Stop and Shops weren’t super-sized. In 1988, residents were so frustrated and dismayed with the modern scale and pace of […]

2009 CWF/William and Mary Field School in Architecture

Prospective scholars of early American architectural history, take note: College of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Architectural Field School, History 490/590 July 6-August 7, 2009 Williamsburg, Virginia   Carl Lounsbury, Instructor               The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History […]

Boston Public Library Historic Photographs on Flickr

Birthplace of John Adams, Quincy, Mass., taken 1929 by Leon Abdalian, originally uploaded by Boston Public Library. We’ve become spoiled, and a little jaded, perhaps, by great resources like HABS and the New York Public Library’s on-line image collections but there’s a huge amount of newly digitized historic material still being put on the web. […]


edwired has a series of posts on the recent THATCamp at CHNM at George Mason. It sounds like it was an exciting, productive weekend. The website and blog associated with it are rich resources, overflowing with useful links for people interested in technology and the humanities. There are a lot of very interesting projects underway […]

News from Peru

Check out this post by my friend Jeremiah on some artifacts in the Ica Regional Museum, whose delights include a two-headed pot depicting a father teaching a son how to decapitate captured enemies (am I crazy or do those words have the same root*?) and a measly $1.45 charge for permission to photograph the artifacts. […]

History and Gaming

CWF just won an award from the AAM for its social history game for schoolchildren, “Betwixt Folly and Fate.” Congratulations to the staff who helped develop it. It’s a fine game, with users choosing to spend a day as one of four young characters, making choices about what to say to whom, and being rewarded […]