Memorial Day, hot dogs, rock and roll history, and Plato

John Hennessy (NPS historian) apparently knocked it out of the park in his Memorial Day keynote speech at Fredericksburg. Here it is.

Jim Downs’ essay about the origins of Memorial Day is featured today on the Time website.

The Library of Congress has been working to build an oral history collection to capture veterans’ memories of war, and the project is nearing a milestone of 100,000 records.

And speaking of oral history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also has an oral history project.

Here is pretty good list of “10 trips history lovers should take.” Most of these are definitely on my bucket list.

Good question: this article out of Britain wants to know why Elizabeth I is always depicted in film as looking “grotesque.” Must powerful women be unattractive?

Here is a history of the hot dog and its vendors. This is a more interesting piece than you might think, and is ultimately an attack on price gouging.

Here’s a piece from NPR about a new memorial park in Portsmouth N.H. where about 200 slaves have been reburied after a long forgotten graveyard was discovered during road construction.

Salon has an excerpt from Andrew Hartman’s controversial book. The interpretation of American history is a cultural war, he argues, and now that so many academic historians are getting into public history, “leftist” history is showing up now in museums and historic sites.

Meanwhile, Forbes has an essay that considers how technology has or has not changed education. The author uses Plato to develop “3 difficult-to-swallow truths about the history of education and the future of technology.”

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