History Myths Debunked

I have been following this blog for awhile, but when I went to show it to somebody else I realized I hadn’t added it as a link or done a post about it yet. So, this is to point the addition of History Myths Debunked in my blog roll. As history re-enactors we run into a lot of thing people THINK they know about history. Most of which aren’t true or are only partially true. A lot of which comes from real things in history and later people just making assumptions (almost universally faulty) about why and how people further back in history did something. How does this happen? Well, let’s take a future instance I can see coming. Most people alive now remember that dialing 911 for emergencies was well established before the 9/11 attacks. But for people born since the tragedy those two things have always existed. Flash forward say 50 years from the attacks, it’s 2061. People want to talk about ways the country remembered the attacks, someone notices 911 and 9/11 are similar and the next thing you know the chestnut will be passed on that it was introduced to honor the 911 attacks. Is that true? Of course NOT, but people looking back tend to collapse things and make guesses to them, people think of history in terms like this Doctor Who quote “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.”

History Myths Debunked attempts to correct some of these fallacies with a regular post.


A historian associated with Colonial Williamsburg, Mary Miley Theobald has also written a debunking book called Death by Petticoat that is currently sitting in my Amazon shopping cart waiting for my next order. The book and the blog posts do tend to skew a little bit towards earlier history (aka pre-Laura Ingalls Wilder), but I think you will enjoy this blog and encourage you to take a look.


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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