Wednesday Link Roundup #49: History Funds, Fun, & Writing Tips

link.gifWednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, writing, and technology posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week.



Erik Kwakkel found a 17th-century color manual while browsing a French scholarly database. Check out the vibrant color swatches in “17th Century Color Manual Finally Gets Its Due.

Eric Zimmer discusses the links between gambling and historic preservation in Deadwood, South Dakota and wonders “Is Deadwood gambling with history?

NewTouchWoman.jpgIn “Marblehead Woman,” Ray Raphael considers the problem of using isolated documents and images to teach history while J.L. Bell contextualizes the image of the Marblehead Woman in “Tracking Down a Musket-Toting Woman.”

In “Counting the Dead–The Civil War Numbers Game,” M. Keith Harris contemplates the high death toll of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

David Fiske fills in details missed by the film 12 Years a Slave in “The Law That Saved Solomon Northrup, and Others.”

The American Historical Association announced that you can now receive their popular publication “Perspectives for Your Phone (or Kindle or Tablet or Laptop…).”


Money-BucketFunding & Conferences

Do you, or would you, like to study Massachusetts’ patriots of color? Friends of Minute Man National Park is now accepting applications for its Scholar-in-the-Park program. Deadline: May 30, 2014.

How’s your small talk? Brush up on your skills in “How to Master the Fine Art of Small Talk.”


PhD-Entrepreur.jpgGrad School & Post-PhD

What is the Future of the History PhD?” Harvard’s History Department invited Robert Darnton, Caroline Winterer, and Robert Townsend to discuss the topic.

Liana M. Silva-Ford asks “Where Have All the Friendships Gone?” An essay that considers how graduate school affects friendship.

Similarly, Jennifer Polk explores how leaving the academy affects friendships in “My Patchwork Post-Academic Community.”


Female business hands working on table.Writing & Productivity

Zotero and Scrievener can play nice together. The Zoteroist explains the settings you need to drag and drop your Zotero citations in to Scrivener.

Do you feel overwhelmed by your e-mail? Michael Hyatt suggests that it may be time to “Declare Email Bankruptcy and Get a Fresh Start.”

Ever wonder why freelance writers only write about a handful of topics? John Soares offers “Four Reasons Why Freelance Writers Should Specialize.”

Chuck Sambuchino offers advice for “How to Critique Friends’ Writing.”

Get all the information you need about “How to Write a Journal Article Submission Cover Letter” courtesy of Karen Kelsky, Ph.D.


Fun-DogHistory Fun

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History called attention to a new digital history project that allows you to explore “The Material and Social Practices of Intellectual Work [in] Jonathan Edwards’s Study.”

The New York Times believes that it has found one of the earliest photographs of a baseball game.

Mental Floss commemorated the annual NFL Draft with a look at “The Early Days of the NFL Draft.”

Did you know that Disney almost built an Industrial Revolution themed roller coaster? Learn about 11 other proposed rides in “12 Proposed Disney Attractions That Were Never Built.”

How did you score on grading bingo?  Image via John Fea, original image.




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