Reading suggestions

So apparently I saved this as a draft instead of posting it yesterday, so here it is:

I have three really cool history sites that I love to check out.

The first is the Food Timeline, which is a timeline of when different foods and recipes became a part of the human diet. And beyond that, you can click on the individual foods and the site gives an in-depth history of each food including its origin and how it was originally eaten. I have used it for my blog and have spent hours trying to figure out the history of my favorite foods.
http://www.foodtimeline.org/

The second site that I recommend is called Patheos, which is a site devoted to presenting balanced views of religion. Religion was one of my minors, so I really enjoy the study of it. The part of the site that I recommend is the “Compare Religions” tool which allows you to compare up to three religions side by side. It details their history and histroical practices up through modern day practices. I think it is a really helpful tool.
http://www.patheos.com/

The third is the National Women’s History Museum’s website, specifically its online exhibits. There you can see everything from women in film to female spies in American history. It is a really great collection of American Women’s history.
http://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/

6 thoughts on “Reading suggestions”

  1. I too am interested in religion so I enjoyed the Patheos site. I think the “Compare Religions” tool would be a great mobile app. That way, if you are walking down the street and run into, say, a Scientologist, you could look up their beliefs right there. It could also have a feature like “topics to avoid when conversing with a person of such-and-such beliefs.” (This would also be a great app to have for family reunions, etc….)

    I also really liked the food timeline. I am eating waffles right now and I was shocked to learn that they were invented in the 13th century! Who knew.

    1. I hadn’t thought about it but you’re right- it would make a good mobile app. I think a “things not to talk about” feature would be great and probably very entertaining. It might also be cool if it had a map feature where you could look up where the nearest church of that denomination was located or if it had a “ask the rabbi” or “ask the priest” feature. Lots of potential…

  2. As usual, a wide variety of interesting reading! I love the food website! Great stuff. Makes me want to eat a snack.
    I found that I spend way too much time exploring the patheos website and reading the histories of the various world religions. Very interesting stuff. I really enjoyed the National Women’s History Museum website as well with the variety of their exhibits.

  3. I absolutely loved the food timeline! Projects like that are wonderful and it makes me appreciate specialization within the history field. I have bookmarked the site because I know I will find myself thinking about this while I’m eating in the future. It is interesting to consider that we’ve gone from ice and insects to tofurkey and deep-fried Coca Cola.

  4. The Food Timeline was great! I have looked at books by Mark Kurlansky over the past few years where he writes in depth about the impact of one type of food on history, like cod, salt, and oysters. He also stumbled upon a Works Progress Administration Federal Writer’s Project that was never completed about varied food and eating traditions in the U.S. He took the files and wrote a book called The Food of a Younger Land. It’s full of recipes, too, from “before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation’s food was seasonal, regional, and traditional.”

  5. I love all the information available on the food timeline! It was very detailed from recipes to lawsuits that involved the food item. I think the website itself looked a little boring though, it would cool if mirrored the display of Ben Franklin’s timeline in skphillips post. I loved the Patheos website I agree with Anna that would be a very helpful mobile app. The National Women’s History Museum was fun. I especially liked Women in film. It was great history of film and women.

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