Digging History Magazine: Introducing Appalachian Histories & Mysteries

Even though I’ve never experienced the trauma of dealing with a family member’s tragic death by murder, I can still imagine how those left behind would wish their loved one could somehow appear in court, exacting revenge by testifying against the monster who took their life.  Unfortunately, ghosts can’t testify — right? No, of course not — except it did happen one time, the event commemorated with a historical marker no less.  The story begins like this: Death, that indomitable specter lingering above all humanity, forgets no one. For millennia, humans have routinely encountered, feared, personified, glorified, deified, and battled death – for it is a thing that exists with absolute certainty yet lives without face or home. In our modern world, we push the immediacy of death to the outskirts of our lives. Modern medicine and technological advancement means that we now live longer and safer than ever before and that our sense of life is no longer fleeting and fragile. Modernity and industry failed to sever our deep-rooted ties to the ethereal; we continue to believe in the things that go bump in the night and what might reside in the old, derelict house down the road for reasons lost to time. I am thrilled to introduce a new contributor (the first!) to Digging History Magazine.  Kalen Martin-Gross describes herself as a “passionate historian” with Appalachian roots running at least eight generations deep.  She grew up “mean as a snake” (her words) in southwest Virginia listening to stories her great-grandmother told of days long gone by.  She and her great-grandmother, a major figure in her life, had...

Digging History Magazine: Subscription by Check?

Potential Digging History Magazine customers have been asking. “Can I pay by check?”  The answer is “Yes” but for subscriptions only.  Monthly and Special Edition issues are by Credit Card or PayPal only.  Why is that?  It would simply be too cumbersome to keep up with monthly individual issue purchases.  However, since subscriptions are for a term of your choosing (3-month,  6-month or one-year) it’s a bit easier to accept checks and keep track of customers. If you’d like to buy a subscription, but prefer to pay by check, simply send a message on the Contact Page.  I’ll contact you and make arrangements for payment by check.  Note:  Payment via Credit Card or PayPal is preferred because it’s easier to keep track of subscribers, but realize some customers aren’t comfortable making purchases online. Payment by Credit Card or PayPal (safe and convenient payment gateways) assures you will receive your first issue immediately.  Paying by check will delay delivery of your first issue because the check must be mailed and processed before you receive your first issue. I appreciate your interest in Digging History Magazine and I’m proud to offer it to like-minded lovers of history!  Subscriptions are now available.  Purchase any subscription level this month (February) and you’ll also receive a free copy of the inaugural January issue. Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor, Digging History...

Digging History Magazine: Subscriptions Now Available (Finally!)

You asked for it and now it’s even easier to get the monthly issue of Digging History Magazine delivered to your inbox.  Subscriptions are finally available! The magazine site has been re-designed and tweaked and you’ll find it easier to navigate.  Ready to make a purchase?  Just go to “Magazine Store” and start shopping:     Buy a Subscription Here you may choose three levels of subscriptions: Just want to test the waters?  Select the $9.00 Quarterly Subscription (3 issues). Want to wade out a little farther?  Select the $18.00 Semi-Yearly Subscription (6 issues). Ready to take the big plunge?  Select the $36.00 Yearly Subscription (12 issues). Your first issue (current month of purchase) will be attached to the receipt. Thereafter, throughout the course of your subscription, you will receive the next issue sometime between the 1st and 5th of the month via email.  Download to your computer or tablet and enjoy! Monthly Issues Click to shop monthly individual issues.  The latest month’s issue will be at the top — click an image to view table of contents.  There is also an archive selection box in the right-hand sidebar area of the page. Special Editions Click to shop Special Edition issues.  These will be added from time to time and most will be dedicated to a specific topic, e.g. “Early American Faith” (99 pages) which is currently available. Individual Articles Did you see an article previously posted on the Digging History blog and you’d like to have a copy?  Many articles, such as those posted under “Tombstone Tuesday” were popular with family history researchers.  Click here to purchase individual...

Baby, It Was Cold Outside: Historic United States Blizzards

The word “blizzard”, at least in terms of a violent snowstorm, hasn’t been around as long as one might think. “Blizzard” or “Blizard” are ancient family names, although speculation abounds as to its origin as a surname. One source proposes it may have been a variant of the word “blessed”, perhaps even a nickname. Two instances in Olde English (”blieths”) and Middle English (”blisse”) mean joy and gladness, and by adding the French suffix “-ard” a term emerges which means a person with those particular qualities. It is only a theory, however. The word “blizzard” came into usage in America, perhaps in the early nineteenth century, but not as a reference to a snow storm. Colonel David “Davy” Crockett used the term in a memoir of his tour to the “North and Down East”.  At Delaware City he boarded a steamboat to Philadelphia and at dinner with his fellow passengers was called upon to offer a toast. Not knowing the sort of people he was dining with, nor what they thought of him personally, he wrote: . . . . . The Washington and Jefferson Snow Storm of 1772 This historic storm, called the Washington and Jefferson Snow Storm of 1772, was one of the largest snow storms to ever hit the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area . At the time, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were prominent landowners and both were interested in the weather and how it affected their agricultural interests. We know this because both future presidents recorded weather details in their personal diaries. . . . . . The School Children’s Blizzard This epic...

Digging History Magazine: February 2018

The February issue of Digging History Magazine has been posted and is available for purchase here:  February 2018 It’s winter and it’s all (mostly) about snow.  Who knew snow had so much history — 52 pages packed with lots of history, footnotes and sources and a special supplement! Baby, It Was Cold Outside:  Historic United States Blizzards Believe it or not . . . strangers things have happened:  Baby Cages and Snowbank Cradles Don’t be Duped:  Genealogical Fraud What’s in a (Sur)name? . . . “Snowy Surnames” and Snow Ships Ghost Towns:  Snowball, Arkansas The Dash:  Isaac Lafayette and Arabazena Ottalee Castleberry . . . and more! The inaugural January issue is also available for $2.99 and the Early American Faith special edition is available for...

At the stroke of midnight … this deal ends!

The clock is ticking on this one — FOUR more hours (Midnight, CST) and the January issue pf Digging History Magazine won’t be free, but still available for its regular price of $2.99.  For complete details on this offer, click this link or contact us on the Magazine Contact page with your name, email address and type “Free Copy” in the message box. Never fear … we’ll have more special offers and giveaways now and again.  Follow us on Facebook and you won’t miss out:  https://www.facebook.com/digginghistorymag/   The February issue will be up in a few hours.  Here are some highlights (our “practically all-things-snow” issue): Baby, It Was Cold Outside:  Historic United States Blizzards Believe it or not . . . strangers things have happened:  Baby Cages and Snowbank Cradles Don’t be Duped:  Genealogical Fraud What’s in a (Sur)name? . . . “Snowy Surnames” and Snow Ships Ghost Towns:  Snowball, Arkansas The Dash:  Isaac Lafayette and Arabazena Ottalee Castleberry . . . and more! Help us build our customer base and get the magazine off to a great start!  Share this post on Facebook and other social media or purchase a copy and send us feedback. Blessings, Sharon Hall, Publisher and Editor...