Proof of time travel?; hearing what Lincoln heard; a more “lived-in” look for a historic house museum; Hillary’s history gaffes; some Super Bowl history

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We all know that insane stuff gets passed around the internet. Gotta love the fact that a big claim this week was that there is proof of time travel in an ancient greek grave marker. Was the deceased depicted as using a laptop (complete with USB ports)? I won’t be surprised if the History Channel jumps on this and turns it into a whole show of some sort.

Do you recall that article a little while ago about an effort to restore a piano that was definitely heard by Lincoln and probably provided the music for his wedding? Well, they were successful and it is playing again in all its glory. Check it out! Over on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirter shares his thoughts after hearing it performed in its historic setting, pointing out that unlike depicted in most of our movies, music from the Antebellum and Civil War period was mostly enjoyed on pianos in parlors, not on rustic sounding guitars and banjoes.

Anyone that has been to Colonial Williamsburg knows that the George Wythe House is one of the town’s best jewels. Home to one of Jefferson’s law professors that was a signer of the Declaration (and perhaps the town’s most famous alleged ghost), the building has appeared in several movies and TV shows. Normally, the interior is set up as a typical colonial-era gentry-class home, but right now they’ve done something new and different. It now appears as the very “lived in” (clustered and messy) dwelling that it was during the Revolutionary War when for a very brief time it was Washington’s headquarters. I like the idea, as long as it is temporary. But the idea of making historic homes appear less formal and more lived-in is a good idea that I think other homes could benefit from.

We all know about Hillary Clinton’s recent high profile bungling of Reconstruction history, proving that it is not just some of the Republican candidates that need a US history class. But this was not the first time Hillary has made a history gaffe.

I’m thinking of starting a “most disturbing history news of the week” feature. This story would be my first nominee, with this one a close second. Neither one, however, is the least bit surprising.

Hope everyone enjoys today’s Super Bowl, or at least the Super Bowl parties (sure wish the Monday after the Super Bowl could be a national holiday off work!) In keeping with the day, here’s ten facts about the first Super Bowl that you may not have known.

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