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Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

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United States

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Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.

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English


Episodes

Buried Alive in Wolf Park

10/25/2021
On July 17, 1904, 500 residents of Hammond, Indiana gathered together one unseasonably hot summer afternoon, wearing their Sunday best, to watch an innocent man get buried alive. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Check out or other shows at itsarclightmedia.com Episode Sponsors: - Get 10% off to start your healthy Ritual today at Ritual.com/hometown

Duration:00:13:08

The Princes in the Tower

10/18/2021
In 1647, laborers toiling away at the Tower of London uncovered two small skeletons while clearing away rubble from a staircase. Had the discovery been made today, scientists would have used a whole host of forensic tools, including genetic samples and family trees, to determine the identities of the remains. None of these existed back in 17th-century England; however, people still knew who the skeletons were. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show at...

Duration:00:16:28

Bill Russell in Marion, Indiana

10/12/2021
I just recently learned that NBA legend Bill Russell once came to my hometown of Marion, Indiana during the 1960's. The result of this brief stay was at once funny and inspiring, and one of the best stories ever told about basketball's greatest ever player. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Check out our other podcasts at itsarclightmedia.com Support the show on Patreon at www.patreon.com/itshometownhistory Episode Sponsor: - Go to Shopify.com/hometown (ALL LOWERCASE) for a FREE...

Duration:00:08:52

Straw Hat Riots of 1922

10/4/2021
In 1922, thousands of teenagers in Manhattan went on a straw hat smashing spree that sent many of them to jail, and some of their victims to the hospital. The exact reasons for the riot are unclear, but a clue from contemporary newspaper articles suggests a probable motive, as well as a possible identity of those responsible. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Check out our other podcasts at itsarclightmedia.com Support the show on Patreon at...

Duration:00:09:08

The Worst Speech in History

9/27/2021
There are just times when you need a great speech. These times are rare, but they exist. This episode is about a time like this, when America need a speech and the President of the United States stood with his hat in his hand, looked at the eager crowd, and laid an absolute egg. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: - Get 10% off your first 3 months and turn healthy habits into a Ritual at ritual.com/hometown - Grab your favorite Liquid I.V. and get 25% off when you...

Duration:00:12:26

The Case of Henry Livermore Abbott

9/20/2021
On a cold morning, October 21st, 1861, an officer in the Union army named Major Henry Livermore Abbott led the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment through another hopeless assault against a superior enemy force, up an isolated hill at the tip of northern Virginia, at what would become known as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.

Duration:00:20:48

The Stabbing of Monica Seles

9/13/2021
Sometimes the bad guys win. Sometimes the people with the worst intentions get what they want in life and their victims lose everything, like when one unemployed German lathe operator attempted to murder the best tennis player in the world with a 9-inch boning knife in 1993 – on live TV. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show by becoming a Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:12:39

America's Cincinnatus

9/6/2021
One of the most important hometowns in American history is Alexandria, Virginia. Along with being the wealthiest city in Virginia, Alexandria is home to the Institute for Defense. Analyses, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation.This city of 150,000 boasts a long list of famous residents, including Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Doors front man Jim Morrison, Civil War general Robert E. Lee, and NASA rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, among many...

Duration:00:10:17

Forgotten Third Battle of the American Civil War

8/23/2021
The first battle of the Civil War was the Battle of Fort Sumter, off the coast of South Carolina, in early April 1861. A week later, something like a battle erupted in the streets of Baltimore during the Pratt Street Riots, when Union soldiers faced off with a gang of Southern sympathizers during their march through the city. Four Union soldiers and 12 citizens were killed in the shooting. The next clash was a gory three-man skirmish in a staircase in a Virginian hotel, the Marshall Inn, one...

Duration:00:17:04

The Italian Hall Disaster of 1913

8/9/2021
Sometimes known as the 1913 Massacre, the Italian Hall Disaster was a tragedy that occurred on December 24th, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan. 73 people were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryEpisode Sponsors:Get better hydration today and get 25% off your order at LiquidIV.com and us code HOMETOWN at checkout Get key nutrients - without the B.S....

Duration:00:13:31

The Potsdam Giants

7/19/2021
Sometime in 1678, the mighty Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I, known as the “soldier king” of Europe’s most warlike state, sat in his heavily padded throne surveying his army with an ambassador from France.With a row of particularly muscular lummoxes parading before him in bright red and blue uniforms with wide golden sashes across their chests, he turned to the French ambassador and said, with a dreamy look in his eyes, "The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of...

Duration:00:09:53

Madam C.J. Walker, Part 2: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

7/12/2021
Part 2 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. (Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented)Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show and listen to episodes early and ad free by becoming a Patron at...

Duration:00:14:14

Madam C.J. Walker, Part 1: 1st Female Self-Made Millionaire

6/21/2021
Part 1 - Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. (Multiple sources mention that although other women might have been the first, their wealth is not as well-documented)Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show and listen to episodes early and ad free by becoming a Patron at...

Duration:00:13:50

Robert Smalls

6/14/2021
How have I never heard of Robert Smalls?I’m betting you haven’t either. Smalls was an antebellum slave and real-life action hero who fought without permission in the Civil War and pulled off one of the most daring heists in American military history.Support the show by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryVisit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors:Get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month by going to Mintmobile.com/hometown

Duration:00:11:47

The Dumb Blonde Stereotype

6/7/2021
Does Blonde hair make you dumb? No, seriously does it? Let’s track the history of this stereotype and find out if it’s true.Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comEpisode Sponsors:Get 25% off your Liquid IV at Liquidiv.com and use code HOMETOWN at checkoutStart your ritual today and get 10% off during your first 3 months at Ritual.com/hometown

Duration:00:13:33

Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 2

5/17/2021
This is the 2nd half of our Dear H.H. Holmes episode. Meet Almeda Huiet, of Wabash County, Indiana. Possibly the first Chicago victim of infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show by becoming a Patron! Episode Sponsors:Get your new wireless plan for only $15 a month (with FREE Shipping!) at MintMobile.com/hometown Hire the best candidates and get a FREE $75 credit at Indeed.com/hometown

Duration:00:14:35

Dear H.H. Holmes, Part 1

5/10/2021
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 this young lady, and her untimely death, was quickly forgotten as her body was shipped back to her hometown of Wabash County, Indiana. Join Shane while he tries to unravel the mysterious death and tragic life of a young girl who very well could be the first Chicago victim of H.H. Holmes....

Duration:00:37:09

Black Like Me

5/3/2021
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 paint, or burnt cork, and the end result was as ridiculous and off-putting as you might imagine. Throughout history has there ever been an appropriate time someone wore blackface? Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comEpisode Sponsor: Grab your Liquid I.V. and get 25%...

Duration:00:09:59

Monopoly

4/19/2021
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 original Monopoly, that was renamed and repackaged in 1906 in one of the greatest intellectual property thefts of the 20th century. Episode Sponsors:Get your new wireless plan for just $15 a month with FREE shipping at Mintmobile.com/hometownReceive a $75 job credit to...

Duration:00:12:11

The Cadaver Synod

4/12/2021
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 hours on end by one of his successors during a bizarre posthumous trial. The Cadaver Synod continues to haunt the Catholic Church, mainly due to the fact that it took place at a time when the papacy was subject to political intrigue, controversy, and murder. Indeed, even...

Duration:00:17:31