Praising first-person historical interpretation; birthright citizenship; Huckabee fakes it; Britain’s gun control success; Cubs’ sad history; ghoulish ghost towns

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As I am sure you’ve gathered by now, I am a big fan of public history, and of Colonial Williamsburg. One reason is because I think what they do there each day with first person interpreters is an amazing way to educate audiences, and is often more powerful and effective than any book or lecture can be. Thus, I really love this post today from Taylor Stoermer, in which he relays a personal account of how a Lincoln interpreter changed his life, discusses what is possible when this kind of public history is done well, and then concludes with a nicely succinct statement about the importance of educating the public. Bravo.

Been a lot of talk about birthright citizenship lately, and a lot of misinformation and just plain bad history bandied about in that discussion. The good folks at We’re History have a nice piece today that helps to set the historical record straight.

Remember when Mike Huckabee told us all that we needed a basic civics lesson, while demonstrating that he in fact was the one in need of the lesson? Well, it turns out that he also needs a lesson on writing history. Lesson one: you can’t use fake or unverified historical quotes to back up your idealogical, political, and moral viewpoint.

The earliest evidence for a hunter-gatherer civilization in Scotland was just found. Who discovered it, archeologists? Nope, pigs did.

Gun control doesn’t work? It is impossible to build a coalition to do it? Well, lets take a look at the history of how it happened in Britain, and the success it has had.

How about some sports history? With the Cubs in a “play in” game tonight in the playoffs, let’s review the six “Cubbiest” moments ever.

And as if the Cubs’ history was not frightening enough, here’s today’s Halloween season posting: Check out this guide to some of America’s “most ghoulish ghost towns to visit.” (There’s actually some interesting history in the piece.)

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