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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

Black Powder Explosions

3/1/2021
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 friends from work, shooting the breeze, maybe having a meal with the faint smell of gunpowder in the air. Episode Sponsorships: Stereo.com/hometownhistory

Duration:00:35:18

Misfits, Part 5: Hetty Green

2/15/2021
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 of World Records as the "greatest miser," which meant that even when being incredibly rich, she was a renowned cheapskate. Interview featuring author Charles Slack, his book on Hetty Green can be found at https://www.charlesslackauthor.com/ Sponsorship: - Get key...

Duration:00:31:12

Misfits, Part 4: Diogenes

2/1/2021
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 323 BC. Diogenes was a very controversial figure - let us tell you why. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Best Fiends FREESupport the show by becoming a Patreon, check out the perks! patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:16:55

Misfits, Part 3: George Dibbern

1/15/2021
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.com Episode Sponsors: Best Fiends FREERitual.com/HometownSupport the show by becoming a Patreon, check out the perks! patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:22:06

Misfits, Part 2: Tarrare

12/15/2020
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 his unusual eating habits. Episode Sponsors: Swanson.comSupport us at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Check out Shane's other podcast - Foul Play

Duration:00:16:03

Misfits, Part 1: Emperor Norton

12/1/2020
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 us explain why in this episode. *Note: The anti-“Frisco” proclamation to Emperor Norton is unproven and disputed Learn about The Emperor Norton Trust Episode Sponsors: Swanson.com Support us at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Visit us online at...

Duration:00:21:01

Islands of Michigan, Part 6: Belle Isle

11/15/2020
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. Episode Sponsors: Swanson.comIndeed.com/hometown Support us at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Check out Shane's other podcast - Foul Play We made this top 40 list of history podcasts!

Duration:00:17:48

Islands of Michigan, Part 5: The Manitou Islands

11/2/2020
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 Sponsors: TakeCareOf.comSwanson.comVisit us at itshometownhistory.com Support the show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:14:08

Halloween 2020 - Murder in the Well

10/28/2020
As a special Halloween podcast, we created a short true story for you to listen to! Enjoy! This special episode is titled "Murdered in the Well" Episode Sponsors: Nutrafol.comSwanson Health (Swanson.com)

Duration:00:07:27

Islands of Michigan, Part 4: Mackinac Island

9/30/2020
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 Revolutionary War. It was the site of two battles during the War of 1812 before the US gained the island into its territory. Visit us at itshometownhistory.com Support the show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:14:40

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

9/15/2020
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 of the Already Gone podcast. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com

Duration:00:11:50

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

9/1/2020
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 filled with many unmarked graves. They were never marked - these people were buried without ceremony, and in dishonor, for the humiliating and repeatable crime of...wait for it... dying. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Support our show at...

Duration:00:09:38

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

8/10/2020
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 received a revelation from God. This episode is about the only king in American history: Jesse Strang - King of Beaver Island, Michigan. Visit us at itshometownhistory.com Support the show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory

Duration:00:13:26

The Real Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz

7/1/2020
In the back of the sleepy old Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois, sits a tiny 122-year-old unremarkable stone. Buried here, nestled between two old bushes, rests a young 5 month-old little girl whose name is forever memorialized in one of the best-known stories in American Literature - The Wonderful Wizard of OZ. A video was created of the making of this episode, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/St92C6hMAMo

Duration:00:10:38

John Hubbard Mid-1800s Serial Killer

5/1/2020
Join us on this pilot episode as you hear from a historian from the Wabash County Historical Museum in Wabash, Indiana. While we were recording the original episode (which you will hear on the next episode) the historian told us the story of why the bones of a serial killer were in two boxes in the museum's basement. More information about the Wabash County Historical Museum can be found on their website at WabashMuseum.org

Duration:00:47:28

First Electrically Lighted City in the World

5/1/2020
"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 and yards were distinctly visible, while far away the Wabash River glowed like a band of molten silver.".... Charles F. Brush, Cleveland, Ohio, had been experimenting with a new electric arc light, known as the "Brush Light", with the hope of a public test in some city in...

Duration:00:30:37

James Dean & Jim Davis

5/1/2020
In an area 90 minutes northeast of Indianapolis rests a small town named Fairmount. At first glance, it may seem like any old sleepy small town off the beaten path - but while driving through the town of less than 3,000 one might just be surprised by two larger-than-life people who called this very place home. Working with the President of Fairmount Historical Museum, Cole Reeves, we discuss the life and death of movie icon James Dean. In addition to all of the items in the museum on James...

Duration:00:30:17