New Orleans Carnival Krewes

New Orleans Carnival Krewes

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Guest blog post by Rosary O’Neill My recently released book, New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit and Secrets of Mardi Gras (February 2014), required several years of full-time research. I spent those years researching the secret workings of the oldest and most exclusive Carnival Clubs, a story you don’t read about in the list of [...]

March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

March is Beer Book Month: Enter to Win THP’s New Beer Book Sweepstakes

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“A quart of Ale is a dish for a king.” —William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale The 2013 publishing year brought many notable History Press beer titles, including Maine Beer, Montana Beer, Atlanta Beer, Austin Beer, Charlotte Beer, Ann Arbor Beer and Portland Beer (view the full list of History Press beer books here). When Shelf Awareness brought Beer Book Month to the table, [...]

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman: No Ordinary Civil War Soldier in Washington, DC

Sarah Rosetta Wakeman: No Ordinary Civil War Soldier in Washington, DC

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Guest blog post by Canden Schwantes Many women at the outbreak of the Civil War did not know how to support their favored side. The roles of women at the time were limited, and few of them included direct involvement in the war. Though the true number is likely much higher, we know of at least [...]

Eventful: Snapshots of History Press Authors in the Community

Eventful: Snapshots of History Press Authors in the Community

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We’re excited about our authors’ appearances in communities across the nation, and their book talks as educational, cultural and historical touchstones. Check out the 2014 events calendar here for upcoming talks and signings near you! THP authors: please continue to share your photos with us as the year unfolds. [Show slideshow] 12►  

Black History Month: Recommended Reading List from History Press

Black History Month: Recommended Reading List from History Press

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According to the Publisher’s Weekly article, Educate Yourself for Black History Month: “Black History Month should mean more than paying lip service to a handful of notable historical figures; we should actually be educating ourselves on the real struggles of Black Americans, the hidden histories of events we may only know in passing, and the [...]

How I Uncovered the Complex Tale of the Killing of Quaker John Sharpless

How I Uncovered the Complex Tale of the Killing of Quaker John Sharpless

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By guest blogger, author and Pennsylvania researcher, Stephanie Hoover Originally posted in May 2013 by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania One of my fondest memories of elementary school is the “audio visual cart.” Basically a metal shelving unit on wheels, it typically held a record player on the bottom, a slide carousel in the middle, and on [...]

Sneak Peek of Kentucky Sweets by Author Sarah C. Baird (Free Book Excerpt!)

Sneak Peek of Kentucky Sweets by Author Sarah C. Baird (Free Book Excerpt!)

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Today’s giveaway features a mouthwatering sneak peek of Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread & Mile High Pie by Sarah C. Baird. To all of our Kentuckian readers: February 8 has been declared “Kentucky Sweets Day,” with participation from a number of local bakeries in Lexington, Kentucky–so mark your calendars! About the book: Kentuckians from frontiersmen to [...]

Lancaster Massacre of the Conestogas Focus of Conference on 250th Anniversary

Lancaster Massacre of the Conestogas Focus of Conference on 250th Anniversary

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Significant events in history prompt periodic reappraisals. The fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination is the most recent example. While writing Massacre of the Conestogas (History Press, 2010), I was continually aware that an important commemoration of the December 1763 event should take place in 2013. And here we are at the 250th anniversary. Thanks to the planning [...]

Behind Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years – Q&A with sports writers Rob & Dan

Behind Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years – Q&A with sports writers Rob & Dan

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Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years takes you to baseball’s greatest ballpark and the sacred space it occupies in the hearts of Cubs fans. With contributors like Bob Costas, Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Stone, this informal oral history salutes the legacy that has made Wrigley such an unforgettable part of baseball and Chicago for the last [...]

Barn Dances and Jamborees across Kentucky: Interview with author J.D. Wilkes

Barn Dances and Jamborees across Kentucky: Interview with author J.D. Wilkes

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Kentuckians have been wearing out shoe leather at informal jamborees since the state was settled over two hundred years ago. Tadpole’s Dew Drop Inn played host to some fifteen hundred musical shindigs in its time as a mecca of Marshall County music. A Rosine barn dance gave bluegrass founder Bill Monroe his start, and another [...]