"Illustration shows President Theodore Roosevelt sitting on a fence on a hill, flying a kite labeled "Popularity"; below are several potential Democratic presidential candidates, all of whom are having difficulty flying their kites"

Minding the GAPE – April 2022


A monthly roundup of Gilded Age and Progressive Era news articles and blog posts from around the web.

Marking the 110th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C.

Takeaways for the study of diplomatic history from the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

White women as agents of colonial control in the American West

Lessons from Iowa history in the Indigenous Land Back movement

Records from Arctic and Antarctic expeditions in the National Archives

A new machine at the New York Public Library lets us listen to mystery recordings not heard in 100 years

Exploring transportation history through a new primary source set from the Library of Congress

America’s jazz ambassador, James Reese Europe

The Library of Congress presents a webinar on Deaf history

The Lost Cause mythology around Jim Limber, a Black boy “adopted” by Jefferson Davis and his wife

Looking to the aftermath of the Civil War to consider how collective mourning could bring us together or tear us apart

Thornton Jenkins Hains, the writer who foresaw the sinking of the Titanic

In 1866, formerly enslaved washerwomen jumpstarted a wave of Black-led labor organizing

Finding Alfred Packer, the “Colorado Cannibal,” in the records of the Office of Indian Affairs

Ideas about the “New South” in Black intellectual history

The life of Dr. Joseph H. Ward, an African American doctor appointed as Medical Officer in charge of US Veteran’s Hospital #91 in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1924

The rise and fall of world’s fairs in the United States

Historians of the Gilded Age reflect on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, featuring Boyd Cothran, Co-Editor of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

How Black entrepreneurs shaped a California boomtown

Recognizing the 200th birthdays of Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Law Olmsted


Cover Image: Potential Democratic presidential candidates having difficulty flying their kites, representing their campaigns. “Kite Time” by J.S. Pughe, Puck, v. 55, no. 1414 (April 6, 1904), centerfold. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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