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Shopping Through History: Wedding Rings

Ah June. It ‘s a time of singing birds, dancing pollen and loads of money spent on weddings. Of course for there to be a wedding there needs to first be a ring. There are loads of choices, but if you want something really cool, you better ask History. Option 1 Ancient Egypt: Eco-Friendly and Affordable About 5000 years ago rings made of braided hemp or reeds were all the rage. However, if…

Corsets Smorsets: Take Your Tradition And Shove It!

Are you the guardian of any traditions? Perhaps you have a recipe or two handed down from a grandmother or great-grandmother. Things like that make us feel connected to our past, don’t they? We can imagine grandma’s weathered hands as she stood by the counter in her apron, happily mixing away. Then there was the fun of sharing the meal that came out of her labor. I think we&#8217…

You just won a trip to France!

AND… not only do you get to go to France, but you get to go back in time, how cool is that! How am I going to accomplish this amazing feat? What remarkable talent do I have that allows me to slide you down the rainbow of the centuries? No, it’s not my stunning intellect or my cuddly nature, although those would be good guesses. We’re traveling through paintings. Now…

Washing Gold Mountain: Chinese Hand Laundries in the mid 1800’s

  Imagine a mountain made of gold: would you go there despite having to leave your country, your wife, your children? Would you be willing to undertake the trials and hardships that you knew awaited you? If you said yes, you’re not alone, because that’s exactly what many people did in the mid 1800’s. It was the beginning of the California gold rush, and many Chinese men went to…

We’ve got a Tolkien Kind of Love

JRR Tolkien is best known for his books, but before The Hobbit and The Lord of The RIngs, there was Edith Bratt. Both orphans, Edith was Tolkien’s first and only love. This is the story of Ronald and his real life Luthien…