Erin Blakemore

Erin Blakemore is a library school drop-out, historian, freelance writer, and author of the award-winning The Heroine’s Bookshelf (Harper). She dishes about books, history, and channeling your inner heroine at

When Abraham Lincoln Turned Down the Chance to Fill America With Elephants
"Neither Snow Nor Rain ..." Is Not the United States Postal Service's Motto (or Policy)
This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like
5 Ways the Little House on the Prairie Books Stretched the Truth
How 25 London Neighborhoods Got Their Names
How a London Tragedy Led to the Creation of 911
As Bombs Fell on Paris, Marie Curie Went to War
How 8 Twin Cities Neighborhoods Got Their Names
The Doctor Who Modernized Royal Births—in the 1970s
The Long, Strange Journey of Buffalo Bill's Corpse
A Brief History of School Lunch
How Austin's Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Her Other Forte: Comedian Phyllis Diller Was Also a Concert Pianist
Ice Cream Parlors Used to Be Considered Evil
Jane Austen, Home Brewer
How 8 Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods Got Their Names 
Conservationist John Muir’s Youthful Hobby: Inventing Amazing Alarm Clocks
Write a Mozart Waltz With a Game He May Have Invented
America’s First Private Mental Hospital Is Still Open Today
The Craft That First Took Humans to the Deepest Part of the Ocean
How Ella Fitzgerald's Career Began on a Dare
Grizzly Bears Once Lived in the White House
Lady Deborah Moody, the Dangerous Woman Who Started a Colonial Town
How 7 Richmond Neighborhoods Got Their Names
A Rose That Held a Princess's Secret
6 Early Boxing Women Who Could Kick Your Ass
The Morbid Way Colonists Protested King George’s Stamp Act
The Accidental First Female Senator
America’s First Mandatory Education Law Was Inspired by Satan
Show & Tell: A Mysterious Mah-Jongg Tile From New York's Past
How 8 Denver Neighborhoods Got Their Names
The History of the Conversation Heart
How 19 San Diego Neighborhoods Got Their Names
Show & Tell: A Sack Filled With an Enslaved Mother’s Love
Black Sunday: The Storm That Gave Us the Dust Bowl
America’s First Theme Park Was All Santa, All the Time
Show & Tell: Was This 20-Sided Die Used for Ancient Gaming?
The Not-So-Grimm Story of Gingerbread Houses
A Rebus Token for an Abandoned Child
Why Is This Little-Known American Parachutist Famous in Estonia?
Who Were Abraham Lincoln's Siblings?
Show & Tell: Needlework in Memory of the Departed
Show & Tell: A Scary Snuff Box
Show & Tell: Postal Chess Set for Wounded WWII Vets
Show & Tell: Calvin Coolidge’s Electric Exercise Horse
Show & Tell: A Book Made From “Washington’s Tree”
Show & Tell: A Mailbox for a Missile
Show and Tell: Captain Cook’s Daisy
The Famous Composer Who Was Obsessed With Trains
John Wilkes Booth's Accomplice


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