My group in class called me bossy I’m going to sue them
Seasons according to the North
That day in March would be today!!!
It’s supposed to go back down to the thirties on Thursday 😐
Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.
Sometimes in daily life I like to pretend I’m a time traveler from late medieval Europe and I’m just fucking amazed at my luxurious life
Let me tell you, 14th c me is REALLY impressed with modern me’s easy access to pepper and cinnamon
"you have multiple purple garments? you must be a person of some note"
"these chairs are fantastically luxurious"
"I’ve never seen so much salt in one place"
I am going to start playing this game.
Hell On Wheels Gifspam - Lily Bell
Season Two, Episode Two: Durant, Nebraska
Arabia Steamboat Museum, Kansas City, MO
During the 19th century, steamboats navigating the Missouri River needed an incredible amount of wood to fuel their engines and propel them along the water. Trees lining the banks of the river were chopped down to feed the engines, and as the canopy of leaves overhanging the bank disappeared, the riverbank eroded and caused the dead tree stumps to wash into the river itself. These ‘snags’ drifted downstream with the current, and in doing so, they created sharp-pointed projectile missiles aimed at the wooden hulls of any boat steaming upstream. The problem was compounded over decades; particularly as the Missouri was not by any means a tame river, and its path shifted over the years, claiming more of the abandoned tree branches and stumps left by loggers.
On September 5th, 1856, one of those snags punctured the hull of the side-wheeler steamboat Arabia, as it traveled up the Missouri River with supplies bound for brand-new general stores in Kansas and Nebraska. The Arabia sank with all of its cargo onboard, and the boat was buried in the riverbed overnight. Silt in the river made the Arabia’s resting place dark and cool; excellent preservation conditions for a fresh-water wreck. The steamboat would remain there for 132 years.
In 1987, a family who had heard the stories of sunken steamboats passed down among local residents – particularly stories of the Arabia – decided to turn treasure-hunters, and attempt to recover the lost steamboat. In particular, they were looking for one item among her 200 tons of recorded cargo: untapped barrels of Kentucky bourbon, now aged for more than a century. The family brought some of their friends on board, pooled their finances, and began to research. They originally planned to sell whatever they found at auction, but when they did find the Arabia, they recovered more than anyone had imagined…a wealth of preserved artifacts that shed light on the American Midwest for historians, in such huge quantities that to split up any of the collection seemed a tragedy. Instead of selling, they founded a museum to house their find: The Arabia Steamboat Museum, a perfect time capsule of American life on and around the Missouri River in 1856.
So much was recovered from the Arabia that restoration efforts still continue, 36 years after its excavation. Inside the museum, you can visit the lab, where artifacts in the process of restoration are on display, and visitors can compare preserved items with those that didn’t survive the process, and are corroded or withered beyond repair.
A visit to the museum begins with a guide telling the story of the Arabia, followed by a short video documenting the steamboat’s loss and recovery, and a guided tour through the first ‘treasure room’, where artifacts on display give viewers an idea of the quality and historical value of what was recovered. Following that, museum visitors step onto a life-sized recreation of the Arabia’s hold, where they can see everything – from beads to china, toys to shoes, and even parts of the original steamboat itself – that was carried on board when the Arabia sank in 1856.
Stepping into the museum really feels just like stepping into a general store on the frontier. What’s amazing – even beyond seeing firsthand the details of tiny buttons that show how fabric was patterned, or the rich colour of a surviving bolt of Chinese silk that was sent overseas more than 150 years ago – is the sheer volume of the collection. Antiques valued individually at tens of thousands of dollars sit on shelves with dozens of their identical fellows, and rows upon rows of boots prove just how early right-and-left pairs of shoes were introduced to the market. Sets of delicately-patterned china, ornate doorknobs, and carpentry tools to make elaborate molding show how evolved décor in early Midwestern settlements really was, and the number of each proves that storekeepers believed they could sell high-priced items even in brand-new settlements across the river.
It’s a moment out of time, from the bones of the sole Arabia casualty – a mule tied to the rail – to the snag that sunk the boat. As our tour guide said: The Arabia collection tells its story as well as any museum in the world.
we are a restaurant
indigo: two weaknesses
"Comfort food"— lots of cheese, chocolate, etc. and shopping. I try not to go too crazy, but keyword here is "try."
green: four life goals
1. Publish a book
2. Become a respected professional/authority in my field with some sort of niche expertise that only a few people in the world share.
3. Travel to all 50 states and 7 continents.
4. Get married/have some minions— I mean, kids.