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Voices for Women’s Rights in Unlikely Places

When the latest issue of Atlas Obscura popped up in my Inbox on the Monday after Christmas, its timely subject title caught my eye: “When Mrs. Claus cracked the North Pole’s glass ceiling.”

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#75) Wonderful Discoveries

This week’s blog post, #74, is the last in the series featuring one of the Barnum Museum’s greatest treasures, P. T. Barnum’s letter copybook from 1845 to 1846. 

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#74) I Shall Be Punctually at Spillman’s

Barnum returned to England in early summer of 1846 after a few weeks’ visit home.  For reasons we will never know, there is a considerable gap between the time of his return and the dates of the last letters his copybook. 

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#73) Igniting Interest: Barnum’s Views on the Loco-Foco Party

As we have journeyed through our letter-reading odyssey, I’ve often felt that composing these blog posts from Barnum’s copybook was like weaving fabric, bringing together the threads of various tales and gradually seeing the stories, like patterns in woven cloth, emerge as my work progressed.

Barnum Video Du Jour!

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PTB Letters (#72) Unexpected News

I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that as we get to the end of Barnum’s copybook we are left with some mysteries, that is to say questions that linger and may be unanswerable.

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