Smithsonian’s weird & wild story; big news about Lost Colony; Can history save the world?; YouTube as history resource; Did Shakespeare roast the ganje?

Today is the Smithsonian’s birthday, so the folks at We’re History have a good piece on the institution’s “weird and wild” foundational story. Good stuff.

The big story over the weekend was Trump’s war against Megyn Kelley and the resulting fallout. Of course he insists that his blood comments were not meant the way many people have interpreted them. Hey Donald, we might be more willing to give you the benefit of the doubt, if your history wasn’t like this.

Fresh in the wake of the exciting new Jamestown news, comes this from National Geographic about new evidence regarding the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke mystery.

We’ve seen WWI referred to a lot lately to make arguments about current international politics. But can history teach us lessons to help us make wise decisions, or is it just a tool for allowing us to prove/confirm anything we want it to? Or Can history save the world?

Not surprisingly, I’m not the only one that loves the old newsreels and got excited when they were uploaded to the internet. (I’m definitely using them in my classes this fall). Is You Tube becoming the world’s most important resource for modern history?

From the Washington Post editors: Here’s another call for leaving the Rebel statues up, but to use them to educate by putting them into context.

Did Shakespeare toke up by roasting the ganje? It appears very possible.

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