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Here’s How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

Here’s How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

Throughout antiquity, from the Mediterranean to Egypt and today’s Middle East, people believed that misfortune, including accidents, diseases, and sometimes even death, were caused by external forces. Be they gods or other types of supernatural forces (such as a daimon), people — regardless of faith — sought magical means of…

Transcribe Anti-Slavery Letters to Help Historians

Transcribe Anti-Slavery Letters to Help Historians

The Boston Public Library has a collection of letters that were sent to and from anti-slavery activists in the 19th century. The only problem: They’re handwritten, which makes them hard to read and impossible to search. This is where you come in.

Virtually Visit A New Historic Spot Every Day This Month

Virtually Visit A New Historic Spot Every Day This Month

Life during a pandemic doesn’t give us much to look forward to—especially since we don’t really have any idea when it’s ever going to end. But one of the rare positive side effects of our new quarantine lifestyle is our newfound virtual access to various parks, museums and historical destinations….