May 10, 2021

23: Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 1

Could this be the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes? In Chicago on a cold November morning in 1888, the body of a young lady is found in a lake with her throat slit. The story of …

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May 3, 2021

22: Black Like Me

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup that white performers have used throughout history to portray, and demean, black people. The dark substance white performers would put on their faces was typically shoe polish, grease ...

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April 19, 2021

21: Monopoly

Have you ever heard of The Landlord's Game, created by Elizabeth Magie? Well if you haven't, you certainly aren't alone. Elizabeth Magie's creation looked like Monopoly, but it was anti-Monopoly - more accurately, it's the or...

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April 12, 2021

20: The Cadaver Synod

World history is filled with strange occurrences, from deadly fashion trends to wars fought on baseless grounds. However, none are as weird as the Cadaver Synod, which saw the decaying corpse of a pope being screamed at for h...

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April 5, 2021

19: Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home

The centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the former home of our 16th president, where he lived with his young family for seventeen years. After moving to the White House in 1861, Abraham and Mary kept thi...

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March 29, 2021

18: April Fools' Day

The first of April is widely regarded as an unofficial holiday reserved for pranks and hoaxes that seem too ridiculous to be believed yet are surprisingly enough to fool several hundreds of people. The pages of history are li...

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March 22, 2021

17: Liberty's First Crisis

When the founding fathers of the United States began adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution to help secure rights and safeguard a free society, the first thing they focused on was the most fundamental: free speech.Autho C...

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March 15, 2021

16: Benjamin Franklin and the Bald Eagle

I think since the very beginning, America has struggled with the question of whether it was a turkey or an eagle. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comEpisode Sponsors:Get key nutrients without the B.S. - Get 10% off your...

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March 8, 2021

15: The Two-Party System

Those of you who have listened to my podcasts over the past few years will know how I feel about the discipline of history. It’s been one of the great joys in my life and I believe it’s made me …

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March 1, 2021

14: Black Powder Explosions

If you lived outside the town of Wilmington, Delaware during the 19th century you probably found yourself, at some point during the week, sitting at the Burning Rag Inn, downing a glass of lukewarm ale. You’d be there with fr...

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Feb. 15, 2021

13: Misfits, Part 5: Hetty Green

Nicknamed the Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green was an American businesswoman and financier known as the richest woman in America during the late 19th century. She was known for her wealth and was named by the Guinness Book o...

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Feb. 2, 2021

12: Misfits, Part 4: Diogenes

The 4th person we are highlighting in our misfits series is Diogenes the Cynic, known more commonly as Diogenes. He was born in Sinope (modern day Turkey) around 404BC (or 412BC, its not exactly clear) and died at Corinth in …

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Jan. 15, 2021

11: Misfits, Part 3: George Dibbern

Born in 1889, George Dibbern was an author, adventurer, and sailor-philosopher. He was a free thinker, self-declared citizen of the world and is our 3rd Misfits in our series.Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comEpisode S...

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Dec. 15, 2020

10: Misfits, Part 2: Tarrare

Tarrare was born in 1772 in rural France. He was born hungry, and seemingly that hunger never went away. This 2nd episode in our Misfits series is focused on one of history's most fascinating people - a man noted for …

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Dec. 1, 2020

09: Misfits, Part 1: Emperor Norton

Introducing Part 1 of our Misfits mini-series. Joshua Norton proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859 from his home in San Francisco, California. If you've never heard of the only US Emperor, let u...

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Nov. 15, 2020

08: Islands of Michigan, Part 6: Belle Isle

Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park located immediately east of Detroit, Michigan, in the Detroit River. Connected to Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge, Belle Isle is the larked city-owned island park in the United States. Epi...

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Nov. 2, 2020

07: Islands of Michigan, Part 5: The Manitou Islands

North and South Manitou Island can be found around 14 miles northwest of the Michigan mainland in Lake Michigan. The islands are very rich in history and are part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Episode Sponsor...

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Sept. 30, 2020

06: Islands of Michigan, Part 4: Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a 4.35 square mile island located in Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Based on a former trading post, Fort Mackinac was constructed on the island by the British during the American ...

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Sept. 15, 2020

05: Islands of Michigan, Part 3: The Fox Islands and the Children of …

The Fox Islands consist of the North Fox and South Fox islands, in Lake Michigan. North Fox Island was once home to a pornography mill, the details are darker than you can imagine. This episode is narrated by Nina Innsted …

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Sept. 1, 2020

04: Islands of Michigan, Part 2: High Island and the House of Virgins

High Island is an island in Lake Michigan and is part of the Beaver Island archipelago. It was the home of a timber-cutting and truck farm operation from 1912-1927 ran by the House of David. And... it is presumably still …

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Aug. 10, 2020

03: Islands of Michigan, Part 1: Beaver Island and the Last American …

Every king in American history has been assassinated in the harbor of St. James, Michigan. And also born in the tiny town of Scipio, New York. And married to five women. And every king has owned a personal cannon and …

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July 1, 2020

02: The Real Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz

Have you ever wondered who the character Dorothy was based on in The Wizard of Oz? Well, I think I found her. And I believe much more than the character was based on her tragic young life. Let me explain... …

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May 1, 2018

01: The First Electrically Lighted City

"From the towering dome of the Courthouse at 8 p.m. on March 31, 1880, burst a flood of lights that made world history. Wabash had a population of 320. Over 10,000 people witnessed the event. For a mile around, houses …

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