August 2, 2018

Almost fifty-four years ago, in September 1964, workers at the Educator Biscuit Company in Lowell, Massachusetts carefully packed thousands of crackers in this airtight container to be stored underground as a desperate last measure against starvation in case of a nucle...

July 31, 2018

Beginning in the early 1950s, the American population lived in near-constant fear of nuclear attack. As Cold War tensions progressed, the expectation was that most of the population would survive the initial blast only to be killed by starvation or radiation in the fol...

July 18, 2018

Charles A. Thomas was born on April 10th, 1867 and died at the age of 94 in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 27th, 1961. In 1893, he married Mattie Kirk, who was born March 1st, 1867 and died April 11th, 1945 at the age of 78. Together, they had five children: Helen, Thirza,...

June 26, 2018

    Tucked away behind glass in the Baltimore Community Museum is an incredibly vibrant Eight Pointed Star quilt (see figure 1) made by Catherine Hensel Thomen prior to her 1871 marriage to Jacob Keller Thomen. Many quilts from this period were not produced to be funct...

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