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Shedding a Little Light

Lighting their homes challenged colonists—for centuries they had little more than candles to light the night. In the 19th Century technology took off with a variety of lamps, leaving you with a new challenge—matching the right lamp to the period of your home. Historian Tom Kelleher offers expert guidance in our August issue.

We Got Too Creative

In our August 2017 issue, our art department thought to liven our pages by putting the original draft of the Declaration of Independence in the background of our story “Independence Day.” Unfortunately, clever as it looked, page 35 of the magazine proved nearly unreadable. For those of you who had trouble deciphering the text, we’ve made available a version of pages 35 and 36 of our August 2017 issue without the background image. You can download a copy by clicking here.  [MORE]

Declaration of Independence

In our August 2017 issue, we told you about the beginnings of our Fouth of July holiday and how the role of the Declaration of Independence was not really valued (or celebrated as we do today) until the early 19th Century—Thomas Jefferson's Declaration was an unexpected masterpiece. We promised that you can download a copy for yourself, which you can do by clicking here.  [MORE]

Amelia Simmons's Gingerbread

In her column in our August 2017 issue, publisher Tess Rosch promised to share Amelia Simmon's original 18th Century recipe for molasses gingerbread cookies. If you want to give it a try, you can download a copy by clicking here.

This recipe is taken from Amelia Simmons's 1796 book American Cookery, recognized as the first cookbook to be published by an American in the new United States—to be specific, in Hartford, Connecticut. (In the style of earlier centuries, the actual title was a bit more cumbersome: American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life.) Although the book was popular and reprinted numerous times (and is currently in print), only four copies of the first edition are currently known.  [MORE]

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