Five Alarm Fire

My grandfather, who was born in 1906, was a volunteer fireman all his adult life (to celebrate his 100th birthday, the town he lived in named the new fire station after him). What inspired his love of fire fighting? Watching the horse drawn fire engines coming up the West side of Manhattan. Imagine what it […]

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Re-Envisioning the Medieval Charger

Medieval Charger

The Medieval War horse is fully formed in our mind. They looked like Zelda, more than 16 hands, maybe even 17 or 18 hands, strong and brave. Perhaps stallions, instead of mares, but the ground would shake during combat. The truth may not be quite so impressive. New research, published in the International Journal of […]

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Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum – Virtual Tour

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby may have been postponed, and the Kentucky Derby Museum is closed to live visitors, but you can now experience a virtual tour of the museum exhibits from the comfort of your living room as part of a nationwide #museumfromhome experience. The online museum is updated daily by curatorial experts who bring visitors […]

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It’s time to Muster the Minutemen

Every year on the day before Patriot’s Day, Captain William Smith rouses the Lincoln Minutemen to alert them that the British Regulars are marching on Concord. This is the night in history when Paul Revere was captured on the outskirts of Lincoln and several brave men took over his mission: to prepare the local resistance […]

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The Heyday of Central Park

I grew up in Manhattan at at time when you could still rent a horse and ride through Central Park. I never did but I would come across the occasional rider and envy them. Of course, I was simply born in the wrong era. There was a time when riding in Central Park was extraordinarily […]

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Caught by Vesuvius

The remains of three horses, one tacked and ready to flee, were recovered from a villa outside the walls of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried in AD 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Was his owner trying to flee? The horse that is largely intact was wearing a bronze-plated military saddle, carried […]

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The Inn of the Prancing Pony

The Hartwell tavern

Lord of the Rings fans will know immediately that the Inn of the Prancing Pony is an inn in Bree where Frodo Baggins, Sam, Pippin, and Merry first met Strider. This sign isn’t from that Inn, but it’s the first thing I think of whenever I walk past it. This sign graces the front of […]

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Skeleton of 16,000 year old Horse Found in Utah

Skeloton of ancient horse. Photo by Rick Hunter.

When Laura Hill and her husband started a landscaping project, they didn’t think much of the skeleton that was uncovered. Initially, they assumed it was a cow. It was about the size of a Shetland pony and it was missing its head. Luckily, before it was destroyed, she asked a neighbor about it, who happened […]

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