Were Your Ancestors From a “Shi*hole Country”? Ireland During the Great Famine

Were Your Ancestors From a “Shi*hole Country”? Ireland During the Great Famine

  This engraving in The Illustrated London News of Dec. 16, 1848, depicts an Irish family being evicted and their home dismantled. Getty Images.   Ireland could’ve been described as a “shithole country” during the potato famine of 1845 to 1849, when about a million of our Irish ancestors fled to...Read more
How Rudolph Became the Most-Famous Reindeer

How Rudolph Became the Most-Famous Reindeer

Most of our Christmas lore dates back centuries: Santa Claus, the Yule log, caroling, the Christmas tree. The most famous reindeer of all, though, dates only to the 20th century. 1939, to be exact.   The road to reindeer fame That year, Chicago-based Montgomery Ward decided to create a giveaway...Read more