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They're Here! Historical Research Planners Now Available!

I am so, so very excited to announce that after two years of work perfecting this system all three packs of the Historical Research Planner are now live and available for instant download in the shop! 

The enthusiasm, excitement and support you have all shown as we've prepared for their release has left me entirely speechless.  Aside from nearly tripling our newsletter subscribers images of the planners have been pinned over 1300 times! WOW! 

Stop by the store and check out the packs! 

Also, I have one other announcement to make, as of today, I have six more consulting spaces available for 2015.  We limit our consulting jobs to twelve each year to help ensure the quality of our work and make sure we are providing the very best level of service to each of our clients.  If you are interested in any of our services: oral history interviews, historical research, house histories, corporate histories, biography writing or help doing any of these projects on your own go to the store and book a consultation today.  Its the only way to save a slot!

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


The American Lighting Evolution

The idea of artificial lighting seems like such a given that sometimes its easy to forget there was a time it didn't exist.  There was a distinct evolution of technology allowing us to light our homes each night.  As a consummate insomniac, a development that I am sincerely grateful for. I thought I'd try something a little different today - a podcast.  

Works Cited

1. “Electric Lighting in the United States,” Science, Vol. 5, No. 103 (Jan. 23, 1885), pp. 79-80

2. Marshall B. Davidson, “Early American Lighting,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin , New Series, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Summer, 1944), pp. 30-40

3. Thomas A. Edison, “The Dangers of Electric Lighting,” The North American Review , Vol. 149, No. 396 (Nov., 1889), pp. 625-634

4. Mimi Sherman, “A Look at Nineteenth-Century Lighting: Lighting Devices from the Merchant's House Museum,” APT Bulletin, Vol. 31, No. 1, Lighting Historic House Museums (2000), pp. 37-43

License Free Image
6. KMJ, “Gluehlampe 01 KMJ.jpg” CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), via Wikimedia Commons

License Free Music
7. Redvers West-Boyle “Marking Time.mp3” Dec. 30, 2012, https://soundcloud.com/rwb-1/marking-time, accessed Dec. 13, 2013.  

Our giveaway has ended and an e-mail was sent out this morning to notify everyone of the winners along with some great coupons and freebies.  If you would like to be on our list for the next contest, coupon or just for the free stuff, use the sign up form below.  

Didn't win our contest?  You can get your planner on Wednesday, October 1 during the big launch! Just a couple short days a way! Check back to the shop!

What do you think of this format? Would you like to see more audio-posts here? Let us know in the comments!

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


6 Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

With the launch right around the corner I'm hard at work!  But I didn't want to leave you in the lurch with nothing new to read so I'm pulling this article from 2010 out of the archives!  Hope you enjoy!

October just around the corner, leaves are changing and the cool, crisp air is whispering that summer is heading to the other side of the globe. What does this mean? Well, ghoulish goblins and an over-abundance of sweet sugary candy for one, but it also means something else: Family History Month.

Family History Month is a great opportunity to spend a little time exploring your roots or to encourage your kids to really connect to history. Here are some great ways to celebrate the occasion:

6. Start planning that big family reunion! What better way to celebrate your heritage than getting together with people you haven't seen in ages, and maybe even some cousins you've never met. You can hire an event planner, put together a family social network on Ning, or just start contacting relatives you know to get as many addresses together as possible so you can put together a great reunion next summer!

5. Encourage your kids to become a pen-pal with a cousin or second-cousin. What a cool way to learn about your family!

4. Make a family tree. You can explain the connection between your kid and their related-pen-pal, and help them understand where they fit into a tree using a kid-friendly family tree template. For smaller children you can use pictures of relatives and help them organize them into the tree.

3. Make a scrapbook. Explain to kids that someday, their story will be history to someone. They can help tell their story by making scrapbooks or keeping journals that tell the world about what they did during their October.

2. Put together a time capsule and bury it in the back yard. Pick out some things that will help someone figure out what your kids were like, maybe that spelling test they got an A on, or a picture of the family at Christmas time, and put it in a waterproof container (or just a couple of sealed Ziploc freezer bags and a Tupperware container with some weatherproof duct tape around the edges) and lower it down into the yard. Have the kids make a treasure map and some instructions explaining when the capsule should be dug up for a future generation.

1. Do you already know something about your family history? Maybe an ancestor went to California for the gold rush, or your family immigrated from Ireland during the potato famine? Incorporate that into an activity for a day. Find the nearest "Pan for Gemstones"location so they can get the experience, or go to the library and find a book about Irish folklore so they can connect to the stories kids from their family might have heard growing up in Ireland.

Ghost towns, historic sites, or even visiting family grave sites and making rubbings are all great ways to help your children discover the joys of history. If you don't know much about your family's roots, you may consider hiring someone to help you find out more, or starting the journey to discovering your heritage on your own. Whatever you do, find some way to enjoy this special time of year and celebrate Family History Month with your children.

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here



Last Chance to Win!

They are almost here!! If you haven't heard about the Historical Research Planner system yet, you can find out more here. They will be available for sale as three separate packs beginning October 1st!  I have been hard at work on this system for almost two years now and finally they are perfect and ready for the world!

To celebrate the upcoming launch and the release of my new e-book The Purposeful Family Historian, I am running a giveaway.  Three lucky entrants will be chosen at random to receive three pre-sale bundles including all of the packs available in the system so far, including: The Calendar Pack - to set goals, schedule tasks and keep track of your progress; The Genealogy Pack - with all of the forms you need to keep notes, track sources and color-coding to work with The Filing Pack; finally, The Filing Pack - which has tabs and labels to color code all of your notes, papers, documents and research.

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To enter all you need to do is sign up for the newsletter (or if you are already signed up, follow the steps to validate your registration through the form below).  You can win additional entries by liking The Historium on Facebook, following @TheHistorium on Twitter and pinning our image as well as sharing the contest with your friends through the social links provided below! Altogether that gives you seven possible entries for one of three possible prizes, pretty good odds! 


Tara Cajacob

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Officially Fall!

Although it seems to be the trend of late and the butt of so many jokes, I am completely in love with fall.  While I could do without the icy cold Minnesota winters, I wonder if I could handle a place that didn't have an autumn?

My husband and I love taking trips to Duluth to see the leaves at their peak.  We also make local vineyards after autumn hits.  Our favorite, in part because of the wine, which is to die for (I especially recommend their Marechal Foch, while I can never pronounce it, I would probably trade my right foot for a bottle!), and in part because of the host of other amazing activities they always have going on, is St. Croix Vineyards.  We love going there to pick the apples which are pollinated by local bees (you can even get the honey right there on site.)  

Our other fall traditions are more standard, pumpkin flavored everything and trips to the yarn store for knitting supplies (well, for me anyway-- Rob isn't much of a knitter).  

What is your favorite  season?  Do you have any amazing fall traditions? Share them with us in the comments below!

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Grateful

It is World Gratitude Day today AND my 6th wedding anniversary, so needless to say, I have a lot to be thankful for.  So, today I'm going to do something a little different and take a moment to share how blessed I am. 

1.  I am so very thankful for my husband.  I always felt a bit homeless.  Then one day I met Rob and he changed everything.  He had a big heart and smelled like my old coin collection.  He held umbrellas for me even though he didn't need one.  He went to jazz concerts with me and tried to dance even though he didn't know the music.  But most of all he was my home.  Anywhere he was I felt like I belonged, and for that, I could never express enough thanks. 

2.  I am grateful for my family.  They dealt with my crazy neurotic perfectionism and impossibly large dreams for so many years and were always my biggest cheerleaders.  I am grateful for my parents who instilled a sense of wonder and possibility and allowed my unique gifts to flourish and my sisters who have taught me countless lessons about friendship, camaraderie, competition and compassion. 

3. I am grateful for everyone who has made this business possible.  I can't overlook what an incredible blessing it is to be able to do what I love to do.  To be able to spend afternoons in libraries filled with musty books or outlining a new book or article.  This journey I have been on with The Historium for the past five years has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling of my life and I couldn't have done it without my clients, friends and community. 

4. I am grateful for amazing friends.  I believe friends can be soul mates, and I believe you can have more than one.  I've learned that the very best friends are the ones you can not talk to for months and then pick up the phone and chat with like no time has passed at all. And as a side note, I apologize that sometimes it is months between calls-- let's change that! 

5. I am grateful for creature comforts, a very comfy bed with warm blankets, cups of hot coffee and smart phones.  Books, books and more books then after that ebooks and audiobooks. Although I spend so much of my day lost in other time periods, I'm grateful that I'm here, that this is my life and that it is 2014.  There is truly nowhere (or, ahem, nowhen?) I'd rather be. 

Here are a couple of pictures from Our Big Day six years ago, for posterity's sake. 

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What are you grateful for? Share the things that set your soul on fire in the comments below! 


Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

This week I have been busy volunteering at the Association for American State and Local History Conference which just so happens to be here in St. Paul, MN, this year.  It has been a ridiculously cool experience and I am enjoying learning from all the speakers and presenters!

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I loved this quote from yesterday's keynote speaker, Garrison Keillor: 

"The discovery that unbeknownst to you amazing things were happening in your vicinity, and if you'd have known about them they'd have changed your life. This is history."

It is neat to see your stomping grounds from someone else's perspective.  Of course there is a lot to do, so I am going to keep this short and sweet!  If you are here,  be sure to say 'hi'!  

Tara Cajacob


Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


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