Over the course of the semester, I have been following blogs that cover my own personal historical interests: Ancient World Online (AWOL), Boston 1775, Curator’s Corner, etc. The majority of these blogs posted several times a week regarding new findings, notices regarding lectures or conferences, or general news in the historic community.
One of the blogs I’ve followed, Boston 1775, describes its tasks as: “History, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts.” Boston 1775 is run by J.L. Bell, a writer from Massachusetts who specializes in the history of Boston, particularly during the American Revolution. This blog is updated almost daily with well-written posts of substantial length. One blog post deals with the issue of renaming or removing symbols of the ‘old ways,’ or anything that associated Boston with the British crown. Another blog post looks at the introduction of vampire beliefs to New England during the late 18th century, brought to the New World by German ‘Hessian’ soldiers. I enjoyed following this blog, for it puts forth posts that are both historical and interesting to read. I think it does a great job at bridging the gap between historians and the general public.
Another blog that I followed, Curator’s Corner, is run by Kim Kenney, curator at the McKinley Presidential Museum and Library. This blog posts far more sporadically, typically posting one or two brief posts a month. This can be attributed to the much smaller following of Curator’s Corner (only 12!) than Boston 1775 (over two thousand), and I’m sure their much smaller allocation of funds. The majority of their posts focus either on events at the museum or new acquisitions to their collection. One article they posted was the opening of a new opera entitled SHOT! based on the assassination of President McKinley. These posts were much shorter than those of Boston 1775, but were interesting to read. They provided me with a better understanding of the current happenings in museums.