What We’re Reading: February 17, 2011 Edition

National Coalition for HistoryThis week we’ve been reading about the 2012 federal budget (or the continuation of the 2011 fiscal year budget) and how it would affect the history and archival communities. Then, read about the rare map donated to the Library of Congress, the Civil War sesquicentennial digitization project, and an exhibit on video games that needs your help. Also, since Valentine’s Day was earlier this week we link to a podcast on the history of courtship, an article on Sweetheart candies, and 13th century illustrations of the heart. Finally, hear about a recently discovered wreck of an 1820s whaling vessel (and its connections to Moby Dick) and look back at Mary Surratt’s boarding house.

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Valentine’s Day

  • Love Me Did: A History of Courtship
    The BackStory with the American History Guys podcast talks to Beth Bailey (historian and author of From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in 20th Century America) and Pamela Epstein (historian and blogger-in-chief, Advertising For Love) about Puritan dating practices (less puritanical than you’d think!), shotgun weddings, class and race, and more.
  • The History of Sweetheart Candies
    Smithsonian Magazine celebrated Valentine’s Day earlier this week with a look at the history of Sweetheart candies.
  • My Heart Will Go On
    NPR’s Robert Krulwich looks at manuscript drawings from the 13th century, in a look back at the heart.

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Contributors: Miriam Hauss Cunningham, David Darlington, Kelly Elmore, Elisabeth Grant, and Lee White

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