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BFW: Experiences of Revolution, Part 1: Occupied Philadelphia

· June 28th, 2022 · No Comments

Each year, the Ben Franklin’s World team produces a special episode for the Fourth of July holiday. This year, we’re going even further, sharing two themed episodes that explore how ordinary Americans experienced the Revolutionary War. On Tuesday, June 28, the first of those episodes—“Experiences of Revolution, Part 1: Occupied Philadelphia,” episode 332—debuts wherever you… Read More »

Can historians make archival discoveries?

· May 18th, 2022 · No Comments

By Robert Lee Robert Lee is an Assistant Professor of American History and Fellow of Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge and the author of “‘A Better View of the Country’: A Missouri Settlement Map” in Sources and Interpretations published in the January 2022 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. A decade ago,… Read More »

Public Commissions for the 250th: What You Need to Know

· April 11th, 2022 · No Comments

In 2026 the United States will mark the 250th anniversary of American independence—the Semiquincentennial. It would be the understatement of two-and-a-half centuries to suggest that it will likely be a busy year for the history profession across the nation and even internationally. Of course, history professionals are not the only people interested in how to… Read More »

Stuff for Your Ears

· March 2nd, 2022 · No Comments

Learning about Material Culture with Ben Franklin’s World a blog post by OI Material Culture Fellow Morgan McCullough Material culture otherwise called ‘stuff,’ has long been a topic of interest for scholars and students of vast Early America. The Omohundro Institute has recently explored material culture at the 2021 conference “Material Worlds/Virtual Worlds: the Physical… Read More »