Waking the Spirits: The Diaries of John A. Clark

During the fall and winter of 1861-1862, Clark and many other officials in Santa Fe attended at least eight séances.

Nellie Bly, Girl Reporter

A look back on Nellie Bly and the era of "stunt-reporting."

Searching for Emmett Mills

In spring 1920, three men disembarked from a train in a high desert town. They had come on behalf of their friend Anson Mills, who had asked them to find his brother's grave.

Rediscovering the Guastavinos

Rediscovering the Gustavinos contributions to architecture.

Making Claims

How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.

A Complicated Man: John Baylor’s Letters to His Family

How could John Baylor have done such terrible thing and simultaneously be so effusively affectionate in his letters home?

The Early American Origins of Political Terms

What does stump speech and pork barrel mean? A short lexicon of American political terms.

Reading the Landscape

For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...

Visualizing History

What can visual images tell us about the past? For most historians (who are not art historians), the ...

The Origins of the Secret Service

Where did the Secret Service come from?