Looking for an Internship?

Over the last three months, I’ve interned as a blogger for the Historic Village at Allaire. As I sit here in the rustic row house and ponder what I’ll write about on my last day at the village, I want to invite you to come join the fun. Working at Allaire is a one-of-a-kind adventure […]

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America’s Pastime: Then to Now

Flowers are budding, birds are flying home, and baseball season is back! For nearly 200 years, Americans have anticipated spring and baseball side by side. Even though our national pastime has remained a consistent favorite from generation to generation, it has also undergone some pretty drastic changes through the years. In fact, baseball’s history goes […]

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5 Everyday Tasks That Were Way Harder in the 1800s

The 19th century in the United States was one of the most innovative periods in history. Providing us with many things we use today—electricity, the car, and the telephone, for example—the 1800s produced advancements that went far beyond the realm of stovepipe hats and covered wagons. Despite this substantial progress, day-to-day life 200 years ago […]

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Recipes from the Historic Village at Allaire: Creamy Baked Shredded Cabbage

Warning: Do not read if you haven’t eaten yet today. When discussing the history of American art—paintings, music, literature, etc.—we often forget to mention the art of food. However, we shouldn’t neglect it; after all, cuisine runs deep in our nation’s veins. Whether we’re bonding with family over Thanksgiving dinner or enjoying a hot dog […]

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Illustrating an American Dream Through James Allaire’s Life and Legacy

What is the American Dream? Our nation’s philosophy has been one of the most debated topics in American culture from generation to generation. Literary titans like Mark Twain, F Scott. Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck have explored the American Dream’s meaning—each arriving at a different conclusion. Some individuals say financial prosperity is at the roots of […]

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This Month in 1836—The Battle of the Alamo

The Texas Revolution was an 1830s movement in which predominantly American Texians sought independence from Mexico, which governed the province at the time. Calling for a new Republic of Texas, the Texians took up armed conflict against the Mexican army starting in 1835. One of the campaign’s most pivotal moments occurred in February and March […]

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About James P. Allaire and His Company

Marine steam engine builder and philanthropist James P. Allaire was one of the 19th century’s most fascinating individuals. From founding a completely self-sufficient community for his Howell Iron Works employees to producing over half of the marine engines in the United States, Allaire was constantly at the forefront of innovation. Unlike most historical figures from […]

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