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I want to write a family history book but MS Word isn't cutting it...

I have 30 years of family history research, documentation, photos, interviews, notes - I also have a bunch of info between my ears that I never got around to writing down. Funds are tight right now, so paying someone to write a book for me isn't going to happen. I need recommendations (as in, you've done this) for software, open source is best, which will help me organize and publish my family history as an ebook, with the option to pay a publisher some day for hard copies.
posted by brownrd on Jun 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Do you live near a camp-meeting town?

I have an ongoing research project to document and map locations of camp meetings, which originate in 19th century religious revivals. I've mapped more than 50 (listed inside), including some famous ones like Oak Bluffs, MA, Bay View, MI, and Indian Springs, GA, and am now looking for others. I'm interested in three kinds of sites: current active camp-meetings that still operate as a religious camp or revival; "legacy" sites where the camp meeting evolved into a town or incorporated secular association; and defunct sites where a camp once was before being abandoned. Any and all links, vague memories, and coordinates welcome! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 19, 2016 - 36 answers

Did anyone record opinions on codpieces?

So codpieces were... a thing. Are there any records of what people who couldn't flaunt them, particularly court ladies, thought about dudes walking around with them?
posted by colin_l on Jun 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Maybe if I'd lived in a better school district, I'd Ask Metafilter less.

When did public schools become "bad"? And did the quality actually change, or are statements about the inferiority of public education the racist shibboleths I've come to assume that they are? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Information about the history of poetry publishing

I would like to study the history of the business of poetry publishing. Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Searching for the mysterious Lost Diary of Whatchamacallit

Sometime back, I believe on Metafilter, I saw a bit about a primitive diary. I believe it was from Central or South America, maybe Mexico. It was filled with odd ink sketches of people and things... very simply drawn. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jun 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What happened if you died abroad in the British Army in the 1890s?

Looking for details of the lead-up, journey, death, notification of family, etc., for British soldiers who served and died overseas in this very specific time period. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jun 12, 2016 - 13 answers

A team of soldiers who stopped a war?

What large-scale conflicts of the past 50 years have ended as a result of a single, small-scale military operation? Any country, any government -- it just needs to be Vietnam era or later. Please give details and be as specific as possible for this military history n00b. Thanks!
posted by egeanin on Jun 11, 2016 - 18 answers

World history telecourse from the 1970s? Later on PBS...

I took a telecourse on world history at a community college in the 1980s and I think I'd like to take it again but I forgot the instructor/lecturer's name. [more inside]
posted by cda on Jun 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Can you recommend some history podcasts?

I'm looking for more good history podcasts to try. I'm most interested in pre-20th century. Any area of the world. Caveats: do not like Dan Carlin. Do very much like, but have already listened to, Mike Duncan's History of Rome and Revolutions. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jun 9, 2016 - 18 answers

The history of the world is but the biography of great men. - Carlyle

When my mother was a child, she had a book that was 100 short biographies of "great men of history". I am wondering if such a book exists for the modern age. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 6, 2016 - 8 answers

How would a British matron be verbally absuive to a gay man in 1860?

I would like to know the terms a venerable but extremely acerbic British lady (Think Dowager Countess but deliberately mean) in the 1860's would use to be verbally abusive to a gay man, starting with the mildest possible terms and escalating to full blown, hate crime levels of verbal vitriol. [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jun 2, 2016 - 37 answers

What is the origin of the name of the James River?

No one seems to know when the tributary of the White River now called the James River (in Missouri) was named or who named it. Henry Schoolcraft traveled to the Ozarks in 1818-1819. In a View of the Lead Mines of Missouri (1819) he refers to it as the James River. In the 1820s, it was called the James Fork of the White in references in dealing with the relocated Delaware Reservation on that stream. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on May 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Solo hiking trips near Phoenix

I enjoy hiking and just found out that I have a long weekend this week! Any recommendations for day hikes near north Phoenix? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 26, 2016 - 7 answers

A Macho, Macho....compassionate man?

For Reasons, I need examples of stereotypically "macho", successful, "strong" men throughout history (or modern!) who also exhibited and or/talked about having compassion for others. Bonus points if they engaged in documented "sensitive" behavior to their family or friends. [more inside]
posted by corb on May 25, 2016 - 26 answers

Where have all the bohemians gone, long time passing?

There used to be bohemians (not avant garde artists, not beats, not hippies). I'd know one if I saw one, but can't seem to bring their essential qualities into focus -- except for a distain for the bourgeoisie. Are they still around? What do we call them now? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 24, 2016 - 32 answers

Appalachian Translation: What's a railroad man?

I was listening today to Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”, which includes the unforgettable line, “the railroad man, he’ll kill you if he can/And drink out your blood like wine”. Who is this guy? Will he? Why? [more inside]
posted by trotzdem_kunst on May 24, 2016 - 19 answers

Best single volume history of the American Revolution

My wife recently pointed out my lack of good history books about the American Revolution. I have (and loved) James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom and John Keegan's The First World War, but was struggling to come up with the best single volume history of the war in a similar style to those. There are any number of books that would be great if I wanted to find out information about single aspects of the war and the causes of it, but I want a single book that mostly focuses on the actual who was where and why. [more inside]
posted by caseusvelox on May 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Books on the tendency toward anachronistic approaches to church history?

So I've been listening to this podcast on the History of Christianity from the Reformed Theological Seminary and there is an odd way that events in the early period of the church are presented which seems rather anachronistic or suffers from "hindsight bias". Is there a term for this? I was wondering if there is literature on this tendency in religious thought (i.e. in which present orthodoxy is retrojected into past debates and conflicts over doctrine.) Is it common? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on May 20, 2016 - 5 answers

One Thousand Scriptoria

Where could I find a list of significant cathedrals and monasteries in Europe at or around 1000 AD / CE? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on May 15, 2016 - 2 answers

The history of brown sugar -- in Russia?

I've been trying to do some research on whether or not a poorer community in Russia around the turn of the 20th century would have had any access to or knowledge of brown sugar. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Toronto For First Timers!?

We're NYCers going on a 2 week trip to Toronto on the 26th. We've never been! What are the new exciting sites? The old established stuff? (Again, we've never been!) We like history, werid engineering dork stuff, movie stuff, dive bars, gayness, unusual stores and secondhand vintage menswear. We don't drive, but we'd like a nice trip out of town by train or even bus. Exciting cuisine a must overall. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on May 13, 2016 - 52 answers

When did the US begin referring to 'Victorian' things?

When did people in the US begin referring to things in their own country as 'Victorian'? And why? Is there any history or controversy behind such a usage?
posted by Emma May Smith on May 13, 2016 - 12 answers

Is there an Italo Calvino museum or historic site?

I really love Italo Calvino's novels, stories and nonfiction. I'm planning a trip to Europe and was wondering if there is any kind of museum or historic site devoted to him (I was imagining something like the Hemingway Museum). Is there a place that would be especially good to visit for a Calvino fan? I've googled a bit but all I can find is his grave in Castiglione della Pescaia.
posted by oulipian on May 4, 2016 - 2 answers

Books about technological change and society

I'm looking for great books about the history of how innovation and/or technological change affected society. I want to know about both the direct effects a new technology had and the indirect effects on employment, regulation etc... Interested in books that look at how a single technology changed society and more sweeping overviews. Interested in any time period.
posted by roolya_boolya on May 1, 2016 - 16 answers

What is this object from the early 20th century?

This object has been in my repository for a very long time, and no one knows what it is. It supposedly came in with the papers of an interesting politician/lawyer who served as governor of Tennessee in the early 20th century. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Apr 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Making a temporary museum look professional

A group I'm involved with wants to create and host a temporary local museum. We're struggling though with the logistics of displaying information in the venue while making it look professional. [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 26, 2016 - 10 answers

Good books about small scale history

Please suggest pop-history books about day to day life, objects, design and culture. [more inside]
posted by signal on Apr 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Was my great-grandfather a cross-dresser?

My brother recently showed me some old family photos that show my great-grandfather wearing a dress. My question is: was this a light-hearted thing to do in the times or was my great-grandfather a cross-dresser? [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Apr 19, 2016 - 12 answers

Why do so few people live in Wyoming?

WY do so few people live in the state north of Colorado? It is the least populous state in the nation and almost all its neighbors have twice the population. What accounts for such a large difference?
posted by Monochrome on Apr 18, 2016 - 25 answers

An economic history of the French Revolution

I'd like to see an article or book on the economic history of the French Revolution. While the poor crops and unusually harsh winters seem relatively self-explanatory, I'm interested in the personalities and the constraints that seem to lurk along the edges. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Apr 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me find more "histories of the present"

So I just finished watching The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. I really liked it! I especially liked that it was not just an historical drama, but used the story of the Simpson murder trial as a way to comment on contemporary life. That is, the show was a vehicle for showing how the issues raised at the time -- of racism, sexism, police misconduct, domestic violence, celebrity culture, the 24-hour media cycle -- are still with us today, and lets us see how our understanding of all those issues is shaped by the impact the trial had on the public consciousness. Where can I find more stuff like this? [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 18, 2016 - 9 answers

On The Gothic Tradition and Colonial Guilt

I'm looking for an essay I read in a collection of critical essays on the origins of literary genres - its thesis was that since the gothic tradition often reversed or undermined mainstream Victorian ideals, it could be seen as a sublimated response to colonial guilt that couldn't be expressed in public. The argument tied it into the practice of keeping looted Egyptian mummies in parlors and the first sprouts of Gothic arriving from the idea of something old and dead and foreign in your home that might be out for revenge. Ring any bells?
posted by The Whelk on Apr 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Where are the History Nerds on Youtube?

I looove watching all the great educational content that's on Youtube. But most of it is Science & Philosophy based. What are some good History channels I should tap into? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Apr 11, 2016 - 12 answers

What's the point of a paper if nobody can read?

After the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 40s, my great grandfather was the culture editor of an English language newspaper that published in Korea. That's cool and all but many Koreans in those days were illiterate in Korean never mind English. So who would buy and read this newspaper and what's the point? [more inside]
posted by maykasahara on Apr 7, 2016 - 15 answers

History of smoking in Europe

Is there any evidence of herbs other than tobacco being smoked in Europe prior to tobacco, any evidence of the pipe existing prior to tobacco? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Apr 4, 2016 - 16 answers

Solving a family heritage mystery -- Sweden vs. Denmark

I'm trying to figure out why my great-great-grandparents told the 1900 US census they were from Denmark, when really they were from Sweden. Would there have been some reason for the lie at that time? [more inside]
posted by Janta on Apr 2, 2016 - 13 answers

1631 sugar

What was sugar like in Europe in 1631? If a recipe called for a couple ounces of sugar, was it conveniently granulated like it is now? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Mar 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Historical record of sleepiness?

Are we more tired than our ancestors? What is causing this? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 28, 2016 - 20 answers

Looking for Info on Secession and Inspiration from Literature, Film, TV

Hey Brilliants, I hope you are all enjoying the beginning of spring! I am researching a new project on secession and am looking for examples in literature, film, tv, etc. of stories that are about a US state or city trying to secede from the union. I'm somewhat aware of Texas' ability to secede but am wondering if anyone has written anything about what would happen if another state or city tried to secede. Thanks so much :) [more inside]
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 23, 2016 - 17 answers

Examples of Misunderstood Historical Events

Which events from the last 30 years have been mis-interpreted in the popular consciousness? [more inside]
posted by rottenindenmark on Mar 23, 2016 - 37 answers

What eating game did parents play with their babies before airplanes?

I've been playing the "airplane game" with my son lately while feeding him. I've seen that game pop up in media from all over the world, so it seems pretty ubiquitous today. I'm curious, are there any records about baby feeding games from before there were airplanes?
posted by Kattullus on Mar 22, 2016 - 14 answers

Once upon a time...

What are some good books/resources on the craft of oral storytelling? [more inside]
posted by roll away the dew on Mar 16, 2016 - 5 answers

As I sit and watch, I think I need to read a book.

I have become very interested in reading a book describing the experience of non-nazi sympathizers in Germany - their thoughts and actions - in the years preceding and into the rise of Hitler and the regime. I am just wondering whether the sentiment was "this cannot actually happen," "there is no way this is going to fly," "what a whack job, who would support this?" and "who are these people?" I have found it hard to google, so turning to you all! Are there books that can satisfy this line of thought?
posted by lil' ears on Mar 14, 2016 - 27 answers

Earliest instance of Atlantis-as-spaceship depiction in media?

I've been watching the 1978-1979 Hanna-Barbera Godzilla series with my son. There's one episode where the characters encounter the lost city of Atlantis, which turns out to be an alien spaceship. The depiction is similar to the Atlantis city/ship from the Stargate TV series. I'm wondering when the earliest depiction of Atlantis as spaceship occurred. [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Street Eating

I'm interested in finding accounts of attitudes toward public eating in different social and historical contexts. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Feb 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Famous brain injury case studies besides Phineas Gage?

I'm looking for examples of famous, sensationally reported medical case studies involving brain injury and/or resulting personality changes... besides the story of Phineas Gage.
posted by Taft on Feb 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Why don't psychiatrists ask about abuse?

I haven't been asked directly about my abuse and trauma history when meeting with mental health professionals. Is this standard? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by fair isle sock on Feb 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Semantics of the word Negro

I'm a 33 year old white man. I have always been uncomfortable with the word negro, for a bunch of reasons. So my question is: can I sing along with Beyonce's Formation? [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Feb 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Daily working Llfe of an MGM contract player in the 40s?

I'm looking for resources and sources on daily life for an average MGM contract player in 1940s - what an average working day looked like -- ideally focusing on mundane details like hours worked, how did you get there, union rules, where you entered and left, where you could and couldn't go etc. The more workaday the better. I've allready gone through Charles Brackett's diaries and halfway through MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot ( which is good for physical locations so far), but its not as focused on the physical operations as I'd like.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2016 - 7 answers

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