Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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Feeds from popular blogs selected by Joseph M. Adelman, Assistant Editor, Digital Initiatives

Uncommon Sense - the blog

Uncommon Sense - the blog

by Karin Wulf Over the years people have wondered about the name “Omohundro.”  Many have asked about the derivation of the name itself and about why the OI carries the name. But there are always questions, too, about how the Omohundro name might be connected to the early Virginia economy that was dependent on the exploitation of enslaved people. That last question—not addressed on the OI’s website as the others are-- and the conversations it has prompted over the last months (and in particular

Age of Revolutions

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By Steven Pincus Sometime in 1766 or 1767, Ezra Stiles, the popular minister of Newport, Rhode Island, and the future president of Yale College, catalogued the “struggles for liberty and revolution AD 1765 and 1766” around the world.  For Stiles, as for many contemporaries, the agitations again...

The Recipes Project


By Lucy-Anne Judd As part of my research exploring regional examples of receipt book manuscripts, I was intrigued and excited to discover here in Nottinghamshire further evidence of individuals recording the advice of Dr. Hans Sloane in local manuscripts such as those of Henrietta Harley (1694-1755)...



Although Puritans designed their service in direct opposition to the Catholic mass, its practitioners’ version of the Lord’s Supper had more in common with the mass than they wanted to admit....

African American Intellectual History Society


Today we’re featuring a guest post by Robert Bland, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Maryland. His research interests include postbellum African American history, the black public sphere, and the roles of place and space in black political thought. This summer...



Jamie Bolker As NPR reported in February, the US Navy wants to bring back the practice of celestial navigation, the antiquated art relying on complex calculations that has been handily replaced by GPS technology.  Since electronically assisted navigation over land … Continue reading →...

The Junto


Ready, set, curate! Today, Sara Georgini chats with Darren Milligan about the NEW Smithsonian Learning Lab....

Boston 1775


Five National Park Service sites around Boston are inviting families to participate in “Revolutionary Saturdays” this summer. In particular, the parks invite fourth-graders to download a voucher from the “Every Kid in a Park” website to prepare for their visits, which are aimed to prepare th...