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The Daily Genealogist: Not Even Past & 15 Minute History

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

I recently discovered two engaging online history resources--a website and a podcast series--produced by the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).

Not Even Past
is a website representing a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department at UT-Austin. The site offers book and movie reviews, audio interviews and sound clips, and commentary on historic images and texts, as well as some Texas-themed content.

Some interesting features include:
•    Braided History  
•    A Medieval Nun, Writing
•    Black Loyalists and "The Book of Negroes"
•    Sounds of the Past: Cylinder Recordings of Popular American Songs

15 Minute History is billed as a podcast for educators, students, and history buffs. The podcasts are conducted by faculty and graduate students at UT−Austin. The series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important world and U.S. history topics. While the podcasts are meant to be a resource for teachers and students, they can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history. Each podcast is accompanied by illustrations and, sometimes, documents and readings related to the topic.

Forty-two episodes have been produced to date. The diverse topics span the globe and cross the centuries. Here is a sampling:
•    Episode 5: Mapping Perspectives of the Mexican-American War
•    Episode 28: "Demonic Possession" in Early Modern Europe  
•    Episode 39: The Royal Proclamation of 1763 

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