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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

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

Abraham Lincoln's Springfield Home

4/5/2021
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 this as a rental with plans of returning after serving in Washington. Following his assassination in 1865, she refused to come back, and the house was later donated to the State of Illinois. In the 1970s, the state transferred ownership to the National Park...

Duration:00:24:43

April Fools' Day

3/29/2021
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 littered with such incidents, from claims of a flying saucer to news reports of a shocking theft. For decades now, individuals – and even, reputable organizations – have been trying to outdo each other with the craziest yet most believable tales. These may not always...

Duration:00:13:18

Liberty's First Crisis

3/22/2021
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 Charles Slack joins us again for this episode. Check out his book "Liberty's First Crisis" which you can find on Amazon. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.com Episode Sponsors: Stereo.com/hometownhistory

Duration:00:32:52

Benjamin Franklin and the Bald Eagle

3/15/2021
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.com Episode Sponsors: Ritual.com/hometownStereo.com/hometownhistoryIndeed.com/Hometown

Duration:00:27:04

The Two-Party System

3/8/2021
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 a better thinker, a better person, and a more responsible citizen. I think it does that for all of us when we’re willing to set aside our assumptions and look frankly and interrogatingly at the past. I’ve invited a personal friend and a professor at a nearby university, Dr. Mark Smith, onto the...

Duration:00:18:39

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/hometownhistoryDick's book is "Across the Creek: Black Powder Explosions On the Brandywine"

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