Summer 2021
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Opening Notes
A Dozen First Ladies' Firsts; Hans Steininger's Beard; Leipziger Lerchen; Beseiged By Songs

Heavy Metal
Geoffrey Bunting looks at the raising of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands

Homing Pigeons: Physician Assistants
Elizabeth G. Macalaster examines the use of homing pigeons as physician assistants during the late 1800s and early 1900s

The Quebec Bridge Disaster
Chuck Lyons recounts the events of two collapses during the construction of the Quebec Bridge in the early 20th century

Maurice Hilleman: An Unexpected Hero
Brian D’Ambrosio recounts how Eastern Montana farm boy Maurice Hilleman changed – and saved – the world

A Serendipitous Accident
The experiments of the military surgeon William Beaumont. By Julius P. Bonello, M.D., and George E. Tsourdinis, M.D.

The 1783 Laki Eruption
David Funk looks back at the Icelandic volcano that sent the world into chaos.

The Work Songs of the Voyageurs
Mark B. Hamilton offers a glimpse into the lives of the paddlers whose work ethic and songs have become an integral part of North American history

William and Mary and Anne
David A. Norris looks at the end of the era of the Stuart Dynasty

One Thousand Hours of Hell: The Hull Blitz
Dr. Marinelle Ringer highlights the resolve of the British people amid the terror they endured

St. Barbara and the Diabolical Devices
Robert C.L. Holmes looks at the use of gunpowder, gunpowder weapons and the Medieval Church in Europe

Winds of Change
Jon Borodine looks at President Chester Alan Arthur’s reboot of the U.S. Navy

The Saga of Thomas “Fatty” Walsh
Karen Dustman shares an excerpt from her book Bad Boys Miami: True Tales of Crime from Miami’s Past

The Soul of Genius
In an extract from his new book, Jeffrey Orens looks at Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and the meeting that changed the course of science


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