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Connect with the future by preserving your thoughts and relics
When I was in high school, my church opened a 100-year-old time capsule. I thought the contents were boring, just old newspapers and such, no gold or diamonds or human skulls. But, the people who put...
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The Smithsonian Institution’s “Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard” exhibit is currently travelling across the nation. The exhibit, culled from the ...
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It’s an age-old craft that once learned, will mean endless possibilities
Years ago my husband took a one-day blacksmithing class and made a triangle dinner bell. He did a great job, but told me I couldn’t use it to call him for supper. Garry Kalajian owns a...
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An army of women stepped up for agriculture in World Wars I and II
During World Wars I and II, men in rural America were called off the farm to serve their country. In response, millions of women came together to maintain the nation's food supply. Stephanie...
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Our northern winter landscape has been pleading for greenery lately. My cue to stop staring out the window at my brown garden and settle in with a book that rekindles an interest in all things...
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This New Hampshire man is connecting people to land and animals through old traditions
A man named John Sanborn had one of the most important farms in 18th century Loudon, New Hampshire. He had water rights to operate a grist mill and saw mill. In 1997, Colin and Paula Cabot bought the...
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With some observation, you can learn about its past
Every woodland has a story of how it came to be. If the land has been in the family for some time, you’ve probably heard tales about the tornado that wiped out the trees or when a fire roared...
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Halloween wasn’t invented by costume shops, candy makers, and little monsters craving a sugar-buzz
Pumpkins, ghosts, and treats are part of our Halloween tradition, which long ago was a seriously scary time of year. Jan Brinn is an extension educator at Michigan State University and has...
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Nuggets of the past are recorded in those rings
The next time you see a tree stump, count the rings and notice how they’re shaped. Trees don't say much, but they tell you a lot. Steve Leavitt is the associate director of the...
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A Kansas couple is promoting wine and tourism through history
When Stephen and Kristin Graue bought some land near Louisburg, Kansas, they discovered an old fence line with grapevines growing on it. They decided to restore it, and planted more grapevines. This...

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