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The 'Tinker' in Tinker Street

The ‘Tinker’ in Tinker Street

As we move deeper into the digital age, those of us who still appreciate a hard copy of our favorite newspaper in the morning find ourselves increasingly at odds with much of the population. And, while proclaiming allegiance to the printed page may expose me as a Luddite right out of 1811 Nottingham, I’ll go...
History in a can

History in a can

Some days, you just don’t know where or how the past will make itself known. At times it can be a name you stumble upon in an old newspaper article and, after multiple days of googling, checking indices in old volumes or endlessly spinning a squeaky microfilm reel, you finally begin to piece together the...
Remembering Woodstock -- The Eleventh Month

Remembering Woodstock — The Eleventh Month

When chill November’s surly blast make fields and forest bare... — Robert Burns November is a strange month. I can assure you of that for, as one who was born in this, the eleventh month, I am a bit of an expert on its arrival and passing. For some, whose thoughts begin to turn to...
Everyday History

Everyday History

I recently bought a new computer. My old iMac was two operating systems shy of being up-to-date and, of course, there were all those bright and shiny apps I was absolutely sure I needed. (Though my wife did ask, after seeing the charges through iTunes, ”How many photo apps do you really have to have?”) While...
The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

“The bells are tolling mournfully, Strong men weep in the streets. The grief is wide-spread …. This is indeed a day of gloom.” — The Washington Star, April 15, 1865   When the door to the Peterson House, across the street from Ford’s Theater in Washington, swung open on the morning of April 15, 1865,...