REPOST: Online History Resources for those of us Stuck in our Homes

JSTOR has expanded their free read-online access from the usual six articles per month to 100 articles per month through June 30, as well as additional expanded access for those who have paid accounts (such as through an academic institution). Learn more at this link.  The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has opened some …

“He waged cruel War against Nature itself, …"

While the Continental Congress made over 86 changes to Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence, one major change stands out.  Jefferson enumerated 28 abuses and usurpations by King George and Parliament but the Congress kept only 27.  They debated and ultimately deleted the following paragraph entirely: “[He] waged cruel War against Nature …

Wheat & Sheep Day at Thompson-Neely Farmstead Washington's Crossing on Saturday, April 25, 2020 has been CANCELLED

At this family-friendly event, watch as the Thompson-Neely sheep are shorn of their wool using period-accurate techniques and tools. You’ll also go behind-the-scenes of various colonial-era trades, see how sheep’s fleece was used by colonists for clothing, watch a cooper create barrels, and tour the Thompson-Neely House and the grist mill across the street, and of course, …

Support your Regimental Brewmiester

Well, one of our readers has been pressuring me to write something other than just this blog and I have compiled my story of becoming the Regimental Brewmiester and a few choice recipes into a very short book now available on Amazon. For the next five days (4-18-20 to 4-23-20), the Kindle addition is on …

18th Century Bread and Brewing Class — CANCELLED

Sorry folks but given the current status of public health in our counties, we are pushing this back to a yet to be determined date. We will have the Brewing Class but we are not sure when. In partnership with Thornbury Farms and our soon to be announced joint venture, Battlefield Brewing, we are offering …

Did Jews Participate in the American Revolution? Well here are a few stories. (Haym Salomon)

I am going to conclude this short series with a note on someone I consider to be one of the nation’s unrecognized Founding Fathers for without the sacrifices of Mr. Salomon, the Revolutionary War would have likely ended in New Jersey in 1776 as the Continental Congress ran out of funds to support the army. …

Did Jews Participate in the American Revolution? Well here are a few stories. (Jewish Pirates)

When the Spanish expelled the Jews in 1482, many came to the “New World” is search of freedom and safety.  Not surprising, many turned to piracy as both a means of income and as retribution for their mistreatment in Spain. Similarly, many Jews, already heavily involved in shipping and trade, began to arm merchant ships …

Did Jews Participate in the American Revolution? Well here are a few stories. (Levy Solomons)

Since the quartermaster department of the Revolutionary armed forces was primitive and inadequate, the government turned to civilian purveyors for badly needed supplies. Many, if not most, Jewish merchants of that day were purveyors on a large or small scale, offering the government clothing, gunpowder, and lead. Harassed for lack of funds, the authorities took …