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PostTraumatic Growth: Nellie Bly Bounced Forward

PostTraumatic Growth: Nellie Bly Bounced Forward

Nellie Bly could be a case study in posttraumatic growth from the Victorian Era.  In spite of all the loss and trauma she Read More>...

How Christmas Stole Presents From New Year’s Day

How Christmas Stole Presents From New Year’s Day

Until the Victorian Era, gift giving happened on New Year’s Day rather than Christmas. Many people think that it was Read More>...

New Year’s Eve Rocked The Victorian Era

New Year’s Eve Rocked The Victorian Era

New Year’s Eve Rocked the Victorian Era. From the Victorian Era’s version of First-Foot superstitions on New Year’s Eve to Read More>...

Victorian Era: Bad Boy Yule Lads Get Santa Makeover

Victorian Era: Bad Boy Yule Lads Get Santa Makeover

Since, the Victorian Era the Bad Boy Yule lads got a Santa Makeover.  Iceland’s 13 Yule Lads of today are Read More>...

Bisland Races Nellie Bly To Close Gender Pay Gap?

Bisland Races Nellie Bly To Close Gender Pay Gap?

Women are merely inching forward in the race toward income parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) recent report Read More>...

Rule Breaker Nellie Bly Raced Around The World

Rule Breaker Nellie Bly Raced Around The World

November 14, 1889. Nellie Bly.  She was the original social media influencer and trendsetter. She was the stunt journalist who Read More>...

Annie Londonderry Biked Around The World: 1895

Annie Londonderry Biked Around The World: 1895

Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky was a Jewish mother of three small children.  She lived in the Spring Street tenement in Boston’s Read More>...

Hawaiian Royals Bring Surfing to Shocked British Bathers: Victorian Era

Hawaiian Royals Bring Surfing to Shocked British Bathers: Victorian Era

The September day in 1890 was chilly and gray in Bridlington, England. It was nothing like the hot summer day Read More>...

Hawaiian Princes Bring Surfing to Santa Cruz: Victorian Era, 1885

Hawaiian Princes Bring Surfing to Santa Cruz: Victorian Era, 1885

Spoiler Alert! Two Hawaiian Princes Bring Surfing to Santa Cruz: Victorian Era, 1885. You can see two of the long-lost, Read More>...

Wealthiest Woman OF Klondike Gold Rush: Hot Water Bottles To Luxury Hotel

Wealthiest Woman OF Klondike Gold Rush: Hot Water Bottles To Luxury Hotel

Belinda Mulrooney had no husband or brothers to rely on, but she believed she could be a “successful trailblazer” on her Read More>...

The First Labor Day Parade Nearly Fizzled

The First Labor Day Parade Nearly Fizzled

September 5, 1882–The first labor day parade nearly fizzled. The streets of lower Manhattan near City Hall were packed with Read More>...

Donald Trump’s Grandpa Worked Klondike Gold Rushers

Donald Trump’s Grandpa Worked Klondike Gold Rushers

Donald Trump’s Grandpa worked the gold rushers inJuly, 1897. German-born Friedrich Drumpf (later known as Fred Trump) was running a Read More>...

Klondike Gold Rush: Kings, Cons & Stairs To Heaven

Klondike Gold Rush: Kings, Cons & Stairs To Heaven

Gold! Gold! Gold!   Scores of people had already struck it rich in American gold rushes since the 1820s. But despite Read More>...

Annie Oakley: Nine Things We Love About Her

Annie Oakley: Nine Things We Love About Her

There is so much to love about Annie Oakley.  Here are nine things we love about her. #1 Annie Oakley Triumphed Read More>...

Handcart Pioneers Pulled Belongings 1,300 Miles

Handcart Pioneers Pulled Belongings 1,300 Miles

The next time you catch yourself grumbling over a wobbly wheel on your shopping cart, consider this. From 1856-1860, more Read More>...

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