September 10, 2018

The Weather Channel and weather apps like Accuweather are a new medium for an old method. Today’s post features Dr. Jamie Pietruska’s fascinating backstory to the business of weather prediction – a timely read for the current hurricane season!

September 7, 2018

SHGAPE member Christopher Nichols, Associate Professor of History at Oregon State University, has a wonderful TED talk out on American isolationism.

“In a country today that feels more divided than ever, what better time to look beyond our immediate reactions and dig deeper? To search our past for greater understanding? In this masterful Talk, Christopher Nichols PhD, dives into the origins of America Isolationism and “America First.” The parallels to today and “Make America Great Again” provokes and creates an informed debate. He passionately explains that history is a vaccine against superficiality. When we take time to unearth the full story, time to understand it, we gain a new depth of insight which can create a better tomorrow.”

Congratulations, Chris!


August 8, 2018

This week’s exclusive web content features an intriguing post from recent University of Michigan Ph.D Jacques Martin Vest. He brings us a fascinating story from the archives of the New York Public Library on the surprises of research, the connections between the record industry and early twentieth-century material culture, and a little dog mascot named Nipper. Enjoy! On Nippers, Nipper-Napping, and the New York Public Library

July 30, 2018

Today, we’re pleased to feature the editors’ note for the July 2018 issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Editors C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Boyd Cothran, Robert D. Johnston, and Benjamin H. Johnson give us a preview and smart commentary on the fascinating set of articles in Volume 17, Issue 3.

July 18, 2018

Welcome to the first installment of the featured exclusive content on the updated SHGAPE Website! We are pleased to feature our first post

The Blue and the Gray at Gettysburg, Assembly Tent, Gettysburg Celebration, Pennsylvania. Gettysburg Pennsylvania United States, ca. 1913. Photograph. Library of Congress. (

from doctoral student Donald Thomas Hickey of the University of California, Santa Cruz on reconciliation literature after the Civil War. Hickey’s post will be the first in a series of fascinating essays by historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, giving readers an inside look on their research, archival adventures, and the untold stories from this period of history. If you have an idea for a post, please email Lauren MacIvor Thompson ( Enjoy!



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