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Where do you learn most of your historical information?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 14, 2007

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“I would probably say the History Channel. I’m primarily interested in early U.S. history, but they have a variety of programs that I think are pretty good.”

Photo of Terry Clark

“I’d have to say the Internet. I usually look stuff up because of something that happens in everyday life that makes me want to learn more about it.”

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“The Internet. I just search for whatever I’m interested in, which is particularly biblical history.”

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“Probably from the History or Discovery channels. I like shows about historical architecture and anything about how other cultures live. There are other people out there besides us.”


jonas 10 years, 6 months ago

I make most of it up. I've found that it's the quickest and simplest way to make the past fit into my personal agendas.

H_Lecter 10 years, 6 months ago

Through the speeches of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 6 months ago

The former Iraqi Minister of Information.

classclown 10 years, 6 months ago

Old people and their "Back in my day" stories.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 6 months ago

In these forums, but, granted, I tend to skip over the lengthier posts.

beatrice 10 years, 6 months ago

I prefer my information to be fresh and up-to-date. If I wanted historical information, I guess I would look at old newspapers.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 6 months ago

camper says: "From the wind"

No, my friend, it's "the answer" that's blowin' in the wind.

labmonkey 10 years, 6 months ago

History Channel and Discovery sad. Read a biography instead of Harry Potter. People's lives can be much more interesting and stranger than fiction.

pace 10 years, 6 months ago

I like to read, but for dates and keeping sequential events straight I either ask my dear husband or my brother. My daughter once accused us of keeping the Spanish Civil War from her. She said, "why didn't I know about that" we told her we were waiting till she was older.

ms_canada 10 years, 6 months ago

Historical information? well, I just read countless books and watch history channel. I just love learning about the past. I try to imagine what life was like for people in past times.

Cait McKnelly 10 years, 6 months ago

I have been into history for as long as I can remember. One of the first books I ever read was a juvenile biography of Grace O'Malley ('Malley). I think I was hooked from then on. Thing is I love it all; American history, Asian History, Western Civ. I was the kid who shot the curve in high school and college. People hated me. At one point when I was in college I had a part time job as a professional researcher for a professor who was writing a book about the Lakota Rebellion in the early 1850's. The sad part was that to make any money at it I would have had to stay in college for the rest of my life and I didn't have the luxury of being a professional student. Even getting a PhD was no guarantee. One of my friends that had his doctorate used to say that his degree and a 1.25 would get him a cup of coffee.

Kathy Theis-Getto 10 years, 6 months ago

Reading, History Channel, and of course, my hubby, who is replete with interesting historical information to share.

hottruckinmama 10 years, 6 months ago

mainly i learned and still learn from my mom and other elderly relatives who are still alive. my grandparents have all been gone for sometime now but i will never forget their stories of the great depression and the dust bowl days. stories about my widowed grandma raising the last 4 of her 8 kids after her husband died. you remember things like that when you get older and times get hard. and then you think to yourself-if they got thru tough times so can i. kids who don't have grandparents who share stories like that miss out on an awful lot i think.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 10 years, 6 months ago

"Where do I get most of my hysterical information?"

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