Review of: The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past

The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past. By Douglas Hunter. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017. This review was recently published in The Public Historian Vol. 40 No. 2, (May 2018): 170-172. In the early nineteenth century, Joseph Smith claimed that he unearthed golden plates in a New York hillside that told the … Continue reading Review of: The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America’s Indigenous Past

Writing in the Margins: Book Enhancement as a Path to the Divine

Thomas Connary was an Irish immigrant who loved books, particularly Catholic devotional literature. He had over two hundred in his library - a rare thing for a New England farmer in the nineteenth century. Connary spent countless hours modifying his books by writing notes in the margins, pressing flowers between the pages, and adding clippings of … Continue reading Writing in the Margins: Book Enhancement as a Path to the Divine

Viking Artifacts Discovered Near Great Lakes!!

  This was the headline of a recent article on a satirical news website called the World News Daily Report. The article claims that a group of amateur archaeologists recently discovered a collection of Viking artifacts on the shore of Lake Huron near the town of Cheboygan, Michigan. The collection included "swords, axes...silver buttons and a balance … Continue reading Viking Artifacts Discovered Near Great Lakes!!