Hello, readers! I hope you’re ready for every type of historical highlight, from recovering stolen books to translating philosophy, from a fun map of Roman roads to digitized recipes. (Not to mention walking tours, Piggly Wiggly, and an evocative description of Edinburgh.) Let’s get started.
Hurrah! After forty years, “Lambeth Palace retrieves stolen collection of extraordinary rare books”
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online.
The city of Warsaw, Poland has released a self-guided tour and interactive apps to help you learn more about Chopin’s life and times.
Don’t miss this map of Ancient Roman roads imagined as a Tube network.
I never knew how the U.S. got the nickname “Uncle Sam.”
On the other hand, the origin of Piggly Wiggly’s name remains a mystery.
A walking tour of a forgotten Toronto neighbourhood highlights the history of immigration.
The Nova Scotia Archives has digitized 1000 handwritten and early printed recipes. (Following them could be challenging unless you know that “pearlash” is baking powder and “saleratus” is baking soda.)
Here’s an article that might make you pause to think: “Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy”
What we can learn from Home Owners’ Loan Corporation maps is fascinating. (Spoiler: “racist effects lasted for decades”)
Lastly, if this doesn’t make you want to visit Edinburgh, I don’t know what will.