Ben Miller


This blog is a chronicle of the past. Its aim is to bring to light the forgotten customs, traditions, individuals and events that have shaped us as a people and a culture, or were simply remarkable in their own right…including fascinating, surprising, and shocking bits of arcana which offer us a more vivid picture of the way that things were, and help us imagine how it might have felt to live in those times. It is history for history’s own sake.

“History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?”   – Washington Irving

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”   – David McCullough

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