Black and white photograph of people in winter attire standing along the top of a snow-covered hill

Minding the GAPE – January 2022


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

Lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic for the omicron surge

Journals from the only eyewitness to the deaths of both Lincoln and Garfield

An interactive look at the 1,700 members of Congress who once enslaved Black people

How Progressive-Era child labor laws led to the adoption of birth certificates

Boom and bust in California’s WWI kelp industry

The racialized history of Philadelphia’s hazardous public school conditions

A historical look at the perils and politics of New York City’s heating infrastructure

The true history behind HBO’s “The Gilded Age”

On the erasure of Black leaders from Reconstruction

Transforming Lyndhurst Mansion for filming “The Gilded Age”

Moments from 1891 offer perspective on today’s politics

One hundred years ago, the Knickerbocker Theatre’s snow-covered roof collapsed in one of the deadliest disasters in DC history

Naturopathy and the moralization of food in the early twentieth century

Recreation and reclamation in Butte, Montana

Renovating a nineteenth-century San Francisco cable car

Identifying potential preservation solutions for historic Chinatowns across the United States


Cover Image: “Toboganning [sic] scene at Franklin Park, Boston, Mass.,” ca. 1904. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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