By Krista Stracka ~ In honor of National Handwriting Day, we recognize the craft of the highly-skilled medieval scribes and artists who meticulously copied and
By James Labosier ~ Howard Bishop was confident that he knew what was best for people and that people needed to be told. In the
“The long looked for day has come and it is passed and all the toil is over for its attainment.”
Recipe books from the 18th century hold a combination of food recipes, herbal remedies, and other such household creations thought to improve health. Powell’s “ginger bread” recipe includes ingredients easily found in today’s grocery store and provides measures still in use today.
Dr. Roberta Casagrande-Kim is research associate at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and assistant manager of exhibitions and publications at the
By Mary E. Fissell ~ Originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. In 1693 Elizabeth Strachey (ca. 1670–1722) wrote her name on