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This short story relates the source of the hideous screams in the night that scared the jello out of Chuck Leadson while setting traps for moon rats late one night. From the book:Tall Stories From the Liar's Bench
DescriptionThis short story relates the unfortunate predicament of Nate Crown as he went out to get the newspaper clad in his wife's fuzzy hot pink slippers. From the book:Ten Funny Stories
This semi-autobiographical short story relates the author's first experience with death. From the book:The Ricky Huening Stories
This episode discusses the first set of laws devised by the Northwest Territorial Assembly that governed the territory that orginally included the region that became Indiana. This story is excerpted from the author's book:A Timeline of Indiana History - 1795 – 1800
This episode relates the history of soapmaking and is exerpted from the author's newest release:A Short History of Traditional CraftingReaders will discover the story behind many of the traditional handicrafts like blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, sewing, basketmaking and pottery. The book covers the history of those crafts as well as metalsmiths, brewers and woodworkers.
Listeners to this episode will learn about some of the ancient Amerindian trails that snaked across North America before European settlement. Many of these trails found use by the pioneers as they penetrated the interior of the country. Many current highways and backroads still preserve portions of these routes. This episode is excerpted from the author's book:Short History of Roads and Highways
The need to establish a standard time so railroad companies could create accurate travel itineriaries led Congress to establish Standard Time in 1883. This story is excerpted from the author's book:Short History of RailroadsThe Short History of Railroads takes readers on a journey along the trail of the evolution of the railroad. Discover the role trains had in the transportation revolution that changed the world. Readers can find the book at this link
This episode relates a chapter from the author's book The History of Gardens and Agriculture, The Forest Garden. Discover how humans used the forest as one of the earliest gardens to gather their sustenance. Readers can find the book at this link:Short History of Gardening and Agriculture
The naturalist program at Indiana State Parks evolved from an early program established at Bear Mountain State Park in New York state. A visiting dentist from Illinois, inspired by the program at Turkey Run State Park in 1936, helped develop the fledgling nature museum program. Indianapolis artist Lucy Pitschler in began taking park guests on nature hikes in  the 1920's, which led to the development of the naturalist program in the state parks. The contributions of these, and many others, has led to the wonderful naturalist programs that park guests enjoy at most of the Indiana State Parks today. From the book:McCormick's Creek State Park
In this episode, Christopher Columbus signs a contract with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella authorizing his expedition to find a new route to the Indies. From the book:Colonial American History Stories - 1215 - 1664
In this episode King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella embark on their final struggle to expel the Muslims from Spain. 
DescriptionThis episode features a brief biography of Christopher Columbus and a short discussion of his initial meeting with Spanish Queen Isabella on May 1, 1486. From the book:Colonial American History Stories - 1215 - 1664
Political intrique and a secret elopment led to the one of the more important marriages in the history of the New World, and hence the United States took place with the nuptials of King Ferdinand of Castile and Queen Isabella of Aragon in 1469.From the book:Colonial American History Stories - 1215 - 1664
The Magna Carta signed by English King John in 1215 was one of the earliest examples of limiting government in history. The Founders of the United States drew on the concept when they declared independence in 1776 and drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the years after.The first story in the book Colonial American History Stories - 1215 - 1664.
Few people know that during the hey day of the American circus, many of the famous circuses made their winter headquarters in Indiana. This story revolves around a catastrophic fire that raged near Rochester, Indiana as the Cole Circus suffered a terrible fire on February 20, 1940.
Learn the fascinating story of how our two most popular pets, cats and dogs, became a part of the human story. 
This tale from the dusty bins of history relates the story of the first recorded train robbery in the United States. The robbery by the locally infamous Reno gang provided a template for later outlaws plying the western states and territories of the United States.This tale of history is excerpted from the author's book, Short History of Railroads- Indiana Edition. Interested readers can find the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and other online book retailers. Visit the author's web site, for more information. Readers will also find the story in the book, Short History of Railroads. This book is identical to the Indiana Edition, without the Indiana railroad history section. Both editions include an extensive listing of railroad museums across the United States. Readers of the Indiana edition will also find a listing of railroad museums in Indiana. Both editions have an audiobook edition as well as softbound and ebook versions. 
This story is excerpted from Paul R Wonning's book:A Year of Colonial American HistoryThe book presents 366 stories of United States colonial history in a "This Day in History," Format.
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Paul Wonning
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May 12th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 1st, 2020
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