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February 14, 2017 - 3:30 pm in Featured Cities

Stay in a Haunted Hotel, for the Fright of It.

When it comes to paranormal activity, people either love it, hate it, or don't believe in it.  If you're in the "love it" column, then a haunted hotel stay may be up your cold, dark, terrifying alley. With all the new paranormal content that the media keeps producing (Ghost Hunters, the Paranormal Activity series etc.) more and more thrill seekers have been trying to obtain…
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February 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm in Attractions, Places to visit

To Live and Eat Fast in L.A.: The Fast Food History of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California: The Movie Capital of the World or as I like to think of it, The Fast Food Capital of the World. Believe it or not, some of your favorite restaurants that are available across the United States were founded in Los Angeles, well, Los Angeles County. Yes, Los Angeles is known for Disneyland, the beaches, and movie stars, but it is also celebrated for its grub.…
Playbill for Hamilton: An American Musical
January 30, 2017 - 8:02 pm in Attractions, Places to visit

The Alexander Hamilton Tour of New York City

New York City: Home to Alexander Hamilton New York City has always been universally known as one of the biggest tourist cities in the world, but today there is a different reason why many are planning trips to The Big Apple. It isn’t to see the skyscrapers or to be in a live studio audience, people all around the country are booking their flight and hotel so they can have a…
Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
December 16, 2016 - 2:43 pm in Podcasts

Episode 208 – St. Petersburg, FL Podcast

Up, up and away! We discover St. Petersburg Florida's aviation roots at the St.Pete History Museum. Then, comb your mustache, we visit the Dali Museum to look at Salvador Dali's amazing masterworks. We'll dredge the deep looking for sponges, and defend the bay at Fort Desoto. Click here to listen to this episode on iTunes.
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November 23, 2016 - 2:19 pm in Quick History

You were lied to about Paul Revere’s ride, but the truth is even better

We've all heard the story about Paul Revere's famous ride to warn the colonists that the British were coming, but much of that folklore comes from a wildly inaccurate poem called "Paul Revere's ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written almost 100 years after the event. Here's the truth, and it's better. The whole mission was to warn the towns of Lexington and Concord about…
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November 8, 2016 - 3:50 pm in Featured Cities

Ediburgh, Scotland – Highlander History

Edinburgh city is at the center of Scotland’s rich history and is one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. In this article we will look at four historical sites that will give visitors a glimpse of the city’s history and culture. Historical Sites in Edinburgh Edinburgh Castle The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the best starting point to learn…
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October 19, 2016 - 1:56 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Liverpool: Home of The Beatles and so much more

The English city of Liverpool is synonymous with rock greats The Beatles. Utter the city's name to nearly anyone around the world, and they will probably mention Paul, George, Ringo or John. However, Liverpool is far more than just about The Beatles. The city is famous for its maritime history and it is on display to anyone who visits Liverpool today. There are numerous museums…
Weeki Wachee Springs
September 22, 2016 - 3:19 pm in Podcasts

Episode 209 – Odds & Ends Podcast

This show features some segments that didn't fit in their respective episodes. We play around at the Pinball Museum in Las Vegas. Then, we salute the Commander-in-Chief at the President's Hall of Fame in Clermont, FL.  Also, we'll swim with real mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs in Central Florida, and cheer on “Teddy Ballgame” at the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame.…
Marina Oswald, wife of Lee Harvey Oswald.
September 16, 2016 - 7:35 pm in Quick History, Video Xtra

Assassin’s Widow: Marina Oswald

It is well known that Lee Harvey Oswald is President John F. Kennedy's alleged assassin, but not a lot is known about his Russian wife Marina Oswald.  In this Quick History segment, we take a look at the JFK assassination from Marina's point of view.
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September 12, 2016 - 2:56 pm in Quick History, Video Xtra

Who are the Merikens?

During the War of 1812, 4,000 American slaves were freed by the British and enlisted into the British army.  Here's their story.  
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September 8, 2016 - 2:55 pm in Podcasts

Episode 301 – Baltimore, MD Podcast

O Say can you see? We’re in Baltimore, MD. We’ll learn about the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry and the inspiration of the Star Spangled Banner. Then we dig deep into the history of Baltimore’s most famous resident, Edgar Allan Poe. We’ll sift through a huge collection of pop art and collectibles at the Geppi Museum, and learn about cracking codes at the National…
Orlando City, Major League Soccer
September 8, 2016 - 1:17 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities

American Soccer: History in the Making

In the last ten years, soccer has taken off in popularity in the United States. At one time soccer was far behind baseball, basketball, football and even ice hockey in acceptance. However, that is no longer the case as soccer in the US has skyrocketed in appeal, despite still being treated as an outcast by much of the mainstream media. The US and Canada’s Major League Soccer…
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September 6, 2016 - 3:07 pm in Attractions, Places to visit

Explore Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Things to do in Lancaster, PA Lancaster is a city that is located in the South Central part of Pennsylvania and it is one of the oldest towns located inland in the United States.  The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, lived in Lancaster and his estate of Wheatland is a popular destination in the area.  There are two notable things that were invented in Lancaster. …
By Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons
August 30, 2016 - 6:55 pm in Attractions, Places to visit

St. Louis, Missouri: The Gateway to the West

When you think of St. Louis, it is easy to get lost in thoughts of Budweiser beer and Cardinals baseball. However, the city is full of historical venues that date back to Lewis and Clark's expedition to the American west. Straddling the Mississippi River, St. Louis is currently Missouri's second largest city and home to 318,416 people. Well-known for its music, sports and beer,…
View of Canada Parliament Building at Ottawa
August 25, 2016 - 6:19 pm in Podcasts

Episode 302 – Ottawa, Canada Podcast

We visit Canada’s capital city on a hill in Ottawa, Ontario. We’ll sail down the famous Rideau Canal locks. We go deep into Ottawa’s cold war history at the Diefenbunker, as well as, explore Canada’s military history at the Canadian War Museum. Then we head up the Peace Tower and take a look at the library of Parliament. Finally, we learn about Canada’s first nation’s…
Seagul in harbor in front of Akershus fortress, Oslo, Norway
August 25, 2016 - 5:39 pm in Podcasts

Episode 303 – Oslo, Norway Podcast

We set sail to the land of the Norseman in Oslo, Norway. We’ll climb the fort walls at Akershus Fortress and discover the North and South Poles at the Fram Museum. Then, we’ll unearth ancient viking ship treasures at the Viking Ship Museum, and we’ll brave the open waters of the Pacific with Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-tiki museum. For more information on a trip to Oslo head…
Victoria Woodhull
August 10, 2016 - 5:06 am in Quick History

Victoria Woodhull: America’s first would-be female president

Think Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to run for office? Think again. Although she’s the first woman on a major party ticket, she’s definitely not the first female candidate. There were at least five women who ran for office before Hillary, one of whom actually ran BEFORE women had the right to vote. Intrigued? Meet Victoria Woodhull Born in 1838, Victoria Woodhull…
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Hershey, PA: Chocolatetown, USA

In 1903, an entrepreneur with a love for good chocolate and fresh milk did something remarkable. He built a community in the countryside, complete with schools, factory, houses, you name it – and he dedicated it all to the production of chocolate. Sound like heaven? Keep reading. A Brief History of Hershey, PA In the 1700s, a small Scotch-Irish, Swiss-German and German community…
Bethel Maine Covered Bridge
July 15, 2016 - 4:40 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Exploring Historic Bethel, Maine

Bethel's Colonial Origin The town of Bethel has a rich history, including the fact that it was once an Abenaki Indian village before being given to Josiah Richardson and his heirs, in 1769, for his contribution to the Battle of Quebec. Nathaniel Segar was the first person to actually begin clearing the land and settled there in 1774. On June 10, 1796, the town was incorporated…
Barringer Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, Arizona
July 13, 2016 - 5:28 pm in Podcasts

Episode 304 – Flagstaff, AZ Podcast

Get your kicks on Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ. Duck and cover! We’re headed to the famous Barringer meteor crater outside of town. Then we scan the stars for heavenly bodies at Lowell Observatory. We’ll learn the history of the region at the Northern Arizona History Museum, and finally swing from their many ponderosa pines at Flagstaff Extreme adventure park. To watch the…
Idaho state capitol building, Boise, Idaho
July 8, 2016 - 2:26 pm in Podcasts

Episode 404 – Boise, Idaho Podcast

We’ve got our own private Idaho in Boise. We’ll tour one of the most stunning buildings in the frontier west at the Idaho State Capitol, dance all night with the Basques at the Basque museum and cultural center, soar to new heights at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, and get a shiver down our spines at the Idaho state penitentiary. To watch the episode, visit travelthruhistory.tv…
Saratoga National Battlefield State Park
June 8, 2016 - 1:23 pm in Podcasts

Episode 305 – Albany/Saratoga Springs Podcast

We’re headed upstate to Albany and Saratoga Springs. We’ll take the Albany capital tour and see five former NY governors who would become US Presidents. Then, we’ll board the USS Slater and see how America defended its fleet against German U-boats in WWII. We’ll sample the mineral water in Saratoga Springs, and bet the farm at their famous thoroughbred raceway.  Then,…
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June 7, 2016 - 2:39 pm in Podcasts

Episode 306 – Buffalo-Niagara Falls Podcast

We’re exploring the other side New York state in Buffalo and Niagara. We’ll take the oath of office like Teddy, at the Roosevelt inauguration site in Buffalo.  Then, we’ll take a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin house and learn about America’s most celebrated architect. We get soaked on the Maid of the Mist at breathtaking Niagara Falls, and defend the walls at…
Belfast City Hall, photo via wikipedia.
June 7, 2016 - 1:44 pm in Podcasts

Episode 307 – Belfast, Northern Ireland Podcast

We’re shipping off to Belfast, Northern Ireland on today’s episode. First, we’ll gawk at the world’s biggest Titanic museum. Then, we’ll learn about the province’s complicated history at the Ulster Museum. Finally, we get thrown in the slammer at the very creepy, Crumlin Road Jail. To watch the episode visit www.travelthruhistory.tv and click on Episodes. Click here…
Robert Smalls' SC home.
June 6, 2016 - 4:26 pm in Quick History

Robert Smalls: From slave to congressman

On the 5th of April 1839, Robert Smalls entered the world. In a few short decades, he rewrote history as a politician, a family man, and a soldier. Everything he did was considered impossible when he was born. Robert Smalls arrived in the world as a slave. Childhood Mulatto, Robert Smalls was probably the son of his owner’s son. Or maybe the son of his owner, John McKee. Or…
Swimming pigs in the Bahamas
May 16, 2016 - 9:51 pm in Quick History

Zebras in Texas and Australian Camels, A Quick History of Animals in Odd Places

We’ve changed our planet in some bizarre ways. One of the most obvious is where our furry friends are living around the globe. On ships, planes, and even wagon trains, our ancestors transported animals around by accident and on purpose. The most common include cats, rats, pigs, goats, and birds, but there are some shocking ones on this list, too. You won’t believe what turned…
Stored B-52 bombers like the ones used in Operation Chrome Dome.
May 14, 2016 - 9:28 pm in Quick History

Chrome Dome: Nothing says we’re pals like a nuclear bomb

Operation Chrome Dome isn't talked about much in the US. No matter how we feel about government, most of us are pretty sure no one will drop a nuke on us out of the blue. I mean, if you were sitting on top of the most dangerous weapons known to man, you might take extra safety precautions to protect innocent people. Right? Somehow, despite plenty of red tape and careful treatment,…
Trinity College, Dublin
May 6, 2016 - 2:31 pm in Podcasts

Episode 308 – Dublin Podcast

We travel to the end of the rainbow in Dublin, Ireland. We’ll gawk at the Book of Kells, a holy book displayed at Trinity College. We visited the hallowed halls of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and touched famed Irishman, Daniel O’Connell’s crypt at Glasnevin Cemetery. Finally, we learn the complicated history of Irish independence at Kilmainham jail. To watch the episode visit…
Queen? Sure. Empress? Zenobia stepped on Rome's toes.
May 3, 2016 - 3:38 pm in Quick History

Palmyra: An oasis in history

In the heart of the desert in Syria, an oasis has endured for more than 2,000 years. At its heart, a set of captivating ruins has outlasted desert winds, abandonment, and even terrorist attacks. Palmyra, a literal crossroad of civilization is at it's own crossroad. Destroyed by war and terrorism, it now returns - restored by the archaeologists and history lovers that couldn't…
Idaho state capitol building, Boise, Idaho
April 28, 2016 - 3:25 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Boise: An Urban Treasure in the Gem State

When you think of Idaho, chances are you think of potatoes. You might be surprised to learn that the biggest city in a state known for growing carbs is full of outdoors enthusiasts. Jogging, hiking, skiing, mountain biking – you name it. If it’s an outdoors activity, it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit here. Bordered along the Boise River by a 25-mile long park known most…
401 San Diego
April 28, 2016 - 1:30 pm in Podcasts

Episode 401 – San Diego Podcast

Get your sun tan lotion on, because we’re headed to the land of perfect weather and sunsets. We’ll sample a fish taco, climb the 100’s of steps of the California Tower, stand on the flight deck of the USS Midway, as well as, revisit San Diego’s founding on the San Salvador at the San Diego Maritime museum. To watch the episode visit www.travelthruhistory.tv and click…
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April 27, 2016 - 5:51 pm in Podcasts

Episode 101 – Space Coast Podcast

In this our first episode we visit the Kennedy Space Center located on Florida’s famous “Space Coast.” We’ll speak to NASA engineers about the past, present and future of American space travel, as well as take a look at the attractions KSC has to offer. To watch the episode visit www.travelthruhistory.tv and click on Episodes. Click here to listen on iTunes.
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April 27, 2016 - 5:45 pm in Podcasts

Episode 402 – Montreal Podcast

Bonjour! We’re headed to Quebec Province on today’s show. First, we get blown away by the thunderous pipes at Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica. After that, we go underneath the city at the Pointe a Calliere archaeology museum. Next, we’ll learn about the native ecosystem at the gigantic, indoor, BioDome. Lastly, we’ll learn about the 1967 Montreal Expo at the structures…
403 Vancouver
April 26, 2016 - 7:10 pm in Podcasts

Episode 403 – Vancouver Podcast

This episode we visit the bright lights of Vancouver, Canada. We’ll swing along the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, get tranquil in Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Chinese garden, learn about Captain Vancouver at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, dig up Cesna Em “The City Before the City” at the Museum of Vancouver, and dive into the city’s seedy underbelly at the Police Museum.…
Andrew Jackson and John Q. Adams eventually both got their wish. The presidency.
April 21, 2016 - 11:37 pm in Quick History

The Election of 1825: John Quincy Adams’ crazy path to the White House

Let’s talk politics for a minute. Imagine a time when Democrats and Republicans were a part of the same party. Seems impossible, doesn’t it? Get ready for a bizarre trip into early American history…it’s 1824 and the Democratic-Republican Party has won the last six presidential elections. High on that winning streak, they’re poised to take the White House again, but…
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April 7, 2016 - 5:52 pm in Quick History

Alice? Alice. Who the heck was Alice Paul?

On January 11, 1885 on a large Quaker farm in New Jersey, the Paul family welcomed their first child, Alice. Although many farm girls of her era boasted a muscular build, Alice was always slightly framed. She didn’t convey an image of physical strength, but her character was one of the toughest the women’s suffrage movement would encounter. Alice’s mother was a part of…
Lustron homes are now museum fodder. Photo by Sam Howzit.
April 6, 2016 - 5:33 pm in Quick History

Lustron Homes: The post-war experiment that aimed to change housing forever

In my last year of grade school, my family lived in a neighborhood with an architectural oddity – an enamel-coated steel tile house. One of the last remaining bastions of an experiment in pre-fabricated housing, it was a Lustron. Lustron homes were a bizarre development – one built with large steel tiles, coated with enameled porcelain in dove gray, desert tan, surf blue,…
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March 27, 2016 - 11:47 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities, Places to visit

Vancouver, Canada: Ancient settlement with a modern vibe

This week on Travel Thru History, we take a look at the Olympic city of Vancouver, British Columbia. First settled nearly 10,000 years ago, Vancouver still manages to capture the atmosphere of a young metropolis. Europeans arrived in the late 1700s, and the city is named after British Captain George Vancouver, who was the second European captain to set foot here (the first was…
No Druids, just bones at Stonehenge.
March 2, 2016 - 12:08 am in Attractions, Quick History

9 Famous Landmarks That Aren’t What You Think They Are

Around the world there are hundreds famous landmarks we’re sure we know everything about. You know them by sight, could probably draw them blindfolded, and if you haven’t already seen them, they’re probably your bucket list. The nine famous landmarks below defy logic. You’ll recognize them instantly, but trust us. These landmarks aren’t what you think they are. Even…
Neerja Bhanot (1963 – 1986) Hero flight attendant who saved the lives of passengers during a plane hijacking in 1986, losing her own life.
February 15, 2016 - 3:23 pm in Quick History

The Hero Flight Attendant You Probably Never Heard of: Neerja Bhanot

The next time you fly, take a good look at the flight attendants and pursers who tend to your section. There’s one story that many of them know, and you’ve likely never heard. It centers around a young model from India, and should never be forgotten. On September 4th, 1986, three days before her 23rd birthday, Neerja Bhanot was happy. She’d completed a photography shoot…