Erin Blakemore

Erin Blakemore is a library school drop-out, historian, freelance writer, and author of the award-winning The Heroine’s Bookshelf (Harper). She dishes about books, history, and channeling your inner heroine at erinblakemore.com

Music
How Ella Fitzgerald's Career Began on a Dare
History
Grizzly Bears Once Lived in the White House
History
Lady Deborah Moody, the Dangerous Woman Who Started a Colonial Town
History
How 7 Richmond Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Show & Tell
Show and Tell: A Rose That Held a Princess's Secret
Sports
6 Early Boxing Women Who Could Kick Your Ass
Food
Ice Cream Parlors Used to Be Considered Evil
History
The Morbid Way Colonists Protested King George’s Stamp Act
History
The Accidental First Female Senator
History
America’s First Mandatory Education Law Was Inspired by Satan
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Mysterious Mah-Jongg Tile From New York's Past
History
How 8 Denver Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Food
The History of the Conversation Heart
Books
5 Ways the 'Little House on the Prairie' Books Stretched the Truth
History
How 19 San Diego Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Sack Filled With an Enslaved Mother’s Love
Science
As German Bombs Fell on Paris, Marie Curie Decided to Go to War
History
Black Sunday: The Storm That Gave Us the Dust Bowl
History
The Lincoln Administration Turned Down a Chance to Populate the United States With Elephants
History
America’s First Theme Park Was All Santa, All the Time
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: Was This 20-Sided Die Used for Ancient Gaming?
History
The Not-So-Grimm Story of Gingerbread Houses
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Rebus Token for an Abandoned Child
History
Why Is This Little-Known American Parachutist Famous in Estonia?
History
Who Were Abraham Lincoln's Siblings?
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: Needlework in Memory of the Departed
History
“Neither Snow nor Rain ..." Isn't the USPS Motto
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Scary Snuff Box
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: Postal Chess Set for Wounded WWII Vets
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: Calvin Coolidge’s Electric Exercise Horse
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Book Made From “Washington’s Tree”
Show & Tell
Show & Tell: A Mailbox for a Missile
Show & Tell
Show and Tell: Captain Cook’s Daisy
History
The Famous Composer Who Was Obsessed With Trains
History
John Wilkes Booth's Accomplice
History
This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like
History
New York City's Other Subway
History
The Play That Gave Us the Word 'Robot'
Movies
How Hollywood Reinvented Joan Crawford and Created an Icon
History
The Gruesome Assassination of Leon Trotsky
History
Pilates: The Fitness Trend Started in an Internment Camp
History
The Crystal Palace: Victorian England’s Version of a Pandora’s Box
Weird
That Time When Victorians Contracted Fern Fever
History
The Many Fires That Plagued P.T. Barnum
History
4 People Suspected of Being Deep Throat
History
She Threw Herself Under a Horse For Women’s Suffrage … Or Did She?
History
In the Bunker: Adolf Hitler’s Last Day Alive
History
How Susan B. Anthony Fought the Law in 1872
History
The Strange Tale of Texas’ All-Female Supreme Court
History
Emily Dickinson: Scandalous Spinster?
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