Jan 24, 2016

Almshouses and Poor Relief in the 18th and 19th Century


Not long ago, a story in the University at Buffalo student newspaper caught our attention: during construction work on a portion of campus, workers came across some human bones. And then some more... and then even more bones. In all, the UB archeologists and anthropologists uncovered 380 bodies, and estimate that something like 2000 may remain beneath the soil. It turns out that this part of the campus once house the Erie County Poorhouse, also called the Erie County Almshouse. These bodies belonged to inmates of the poorhouse, who had died while housed in this institution impoverished members of the Buffalo area. This got us thinking: what were poorhouses like? What options existed for a person who was down on his or her luck in the past? Join Averill, Sarah, and Marissa as they discuss the history of poor relief in the United States and Great Britain in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century.

Jan 17, 2016

Mini Cast: Snow and the City

Well, and snow in the country ... and in the small towns. Actually, snow everywhere! 

How does severe weather - specifically blizzards - impact the lives of Americans? It can have positive affects, such as providing a shared bonding experience for community members (as we know all too well here in Buffalo). It can change the outcome of politics and influence city planning and urban management. Of course, it can also leave tragedy in its wake. In this episode, Tommy, Dan and Sarah discuss some famous historic storms and their human toll.

Jan 3, 2016

Turning the Page with Jonathan Dewald


Tommy and Marissa interview author, historian, blogger and Distinguished Professor Jonathan Dewald about his highly anticipated book, Status, Power and Identity in Early Modern France: The Rohan Family, 1550-1715.