Category: Blasts from the Past!

Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson was an accomplished poet, author, and activist in the 19th century. A couple of her written works, A Century of Dishonor (1881) and Ramona (1884), advocated against the mistreatment of Native Americans by the US government. Jackson…

Lessons from Ellis Island

Tomorrow is National Ellis Island Family History Day! According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. from 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New…

Hatpins: Fashion AND Function

A black and white photo that shows hatpins. They are floral style, looking like dandelions. There are four on this image all numbered 1-4. 1 is standing upright, 2 is an overhead shot of just the floral portion of the pin, 3 is set sideways with the floral part pointing toward the right hand side. 4 is in the same direction as 3 but it has a stem that looks more like a dandelion

It is easy to overlook or be unaware of the strides that marginalized people made in order to enact changes in society. Sometimes, the impacts of these changes in civil rights can show up in unexpected ways. When someone thinks of…