Gena and Jean talk about our ancestors' issues with waste disposal and other plumbing advancements through the years. From outhouse to water closet to our current "bathroom," they cover just about every aspect of the field. Join them for laughs and realizations. The accompanying image is from the Library of Congress collection on line.
Our ancestors often turned to home remedies, patent medicines, and questionable cures when they were ill. Gena and Jean discuss these elements of life in "the good old days," and explain why some of our ancestors may not have survived the cure when they may have overcome the illness. Check their resources here. Podcast originally posted 9 April 2017.
In recognition of Women's History Month (March), Gena and Jean covered the topic in many different directions. Looking at the advancements women have made in the workplace caused them to reminisce about their own experiences. Their research was aided by sources found here. The accompanying photo has the following attribution: Women at work on C-47 Douglas cargo transport, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. https://flic.kr/p/4jyDCK
There is probably more to the story of how cereal has become a staple in many homes than you have been aware. Take a trip down memory lane to cereals of our youth and where they came from (as far as being invented is concerned). Learn about men named Kellogg and Post and how they figure into your household breakfast fare. The photo included here is just a sample of cereal at Gena's house. This podcast originally posted on 13 March 2017, National Cereal Day. The information gathered for the program can be found here.
February is Black History month so, in recognition of that, Gena and Jean covered that topic in a discussion of Civil Rights, personal experiences, and the Underground Railroad. Resources used in their discussion, which was initially posted on 26 February, can be found here. The accompanying photo has the following attribution: Photograph of a Young Woman at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. with a Banner, 08/28/1963. https://flic.kr/p/i3ZYbF
To honor Thank a Mail Carrier Day (February 4), Gena and Jean talked about mail delivery, the history of the Post Office, and related subjects. Their sources can be found here. It was originally posted on 12 February 2017. The related photo is of a Mississippi Post Office.
On the 8th of January 2016, the anniversary of Stephen Foster's Death, Gena and Jean spent time talking about the composer familiar to just about every American (and a lot of folks in other countries). His memory lingers on on this date, declared Stephen Foster Memorial Day. The resources for the program can be found here.
Gena and Jean take extra time to explore the conditions that ended so disastrously for so many who traveled with the Donner and Reed migration parties. Originally posted on 13 November 2016, the anniversary of the rescue, their resources can be found here. The accompanying photo is the Statue at Donner Memorial State Park; the top of the 22-foot (6.7 m) pedestal indicating how deep the snow was during the winter of 1846–1847 and is attributed to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Donner_Party_Memorial.jpg#/media/File:Donner_Party_Memorial.jpg
Hallowe'en is not the only day people go door to door, begging for treats. This podcast, originally posted on 23 October 2016 mentions other holidays and cultures where the behavior was common-place for our ancestors. Resources for the research on this activity can be found here. The photo accompanying this broadcast is an 1852 depiction of an English mummers play. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sandys_1852_-_Modern_Christmas_Plays,_ChapterVIII.jpg