Black and white photograph of people on the beach behind an ice cream wagon with a horse wearing a banner that reads, "Base-ball Inlet Park 3.30 to-day"

Minding the GAPE – July 2022


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

How a surgeon’s quest to reconstruct the faces of WWI soldiers laid the groundwork for modern plastic surgery

The legacy of park designer Frederick Law Olmstead

An overview of the Comstock Laws and abortion regulation

Become a detective with “Average Jones”

Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez discusses border policy and the Mexican Revolution of 1910

The policewomen of “Special Squad #2” and surveilling abortionists

Wealth, privilege, and monopolizing water in the San Francisco Bay area

Queen Lili’uokalani’s struggle for self-sovereignty in Hawaii

The multicultural history of rodeo

How a seamstress paved the way to the first organ transplant surgery

Jim Thorpe and the 1912 Olympic Gold

Bringing together environmental history and the history of the Great Migration

Clashes between tribal rights and civil rights when tribal nations expelled their Black members

Preserving wedding cake, cocaine, and other oddities at the Library of Congress

Dr. Nancy C. Unger, SHGAPE President, on the moral panic of early-twentieth-century prostitution

Recent decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta removes protections for Native Americans upheld in an 1886 court case

Inns, hotels, and motels in the National Register of Historic Places

Reproductive rights and the transition to legal regulation of a woman’s body

Automobiles and the fight for pedestrian rights in the 1920s

Baseball as a form of employee welfarism

Podcast episode on Native American spirituality and non-Native interference from “spiritual hucksters

The historical value of Monopoly as a board game


Cover Image: On the beach at Atlantic City, N.J., ca. 1900-1906. Detroit Publishing Company. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.





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