Hometown History

Hometown History

Personally curated histories from hometowns around America. Join Shane Waters as he travels to places of forgotten historical significance and shares these hometown stories with listeners. Like his visit to the Cherokee Nation in Cherokee, North Carolina where he interviewed the Cherokee at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Or when he traveled to The Biltmore Estate, the largest home in America, to share the time when some of the nation’s most prized artwork was hidden within their walls to protect them from the Nazi’s. We all love hearing the unknown stories of the places we visit when planning a trip - like the Redwoods National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, or Sun Studio. But what about Parker's Cross Roads, Tennessee? Or the Island in Michigan where the only American King ruled? But if you also enjoy traveling vicariously then this is also a podcast for you. Find Hometown History wherever you get your podcasts: https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory Award-Wining Podcast, new episodes weekly. Ad-Free on our Black Label Podcasting channel on Apple Premium (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/channel/black-label-podcasting/id6443660911) and Patreon (http://patreon.com/itshometownhistory) . Check out Shane’s true crime podcast Foul Play: Crime Series. (https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay)

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November 28, 2022 34 min
Have you ever had a fight with a family member over something stupid?
Better yet, have you ever had that fight, only to realize it wasn’t so stupid after all? That behind that excuse for a fight was a real fight just waiting to be had?
That’s basically the story of the Pig War.

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After writing "On The Road," and before it was published, Jack Kerouac spent a long summer on Desolation Peak in what is now the North Cascades National Park. We'll be hearing from Kerouac and also our favorite Ranger, Jim Burnett. You can find Jim's books on Amazon or through his website.

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November 14, 2022 33 min
Before we explore Crater Lake National Park, I’d like to share a few pieces of general advice. I hope this series has inspired you to see more of our national parks, so I asked Jim and Will from More Than Just Parks to offer a few tips for those of us who are just getting started.

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The Civilian Conservation Corps was founded by Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, and operated for roughly a decade until the program was ended in 1942.

In this episode, Jim and Will Pattiz, from More Than Just Parks, explain why they believe America should resurrect this popular conservation initiative.
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If you're looking to learn about the history of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area and what to expect if you go, this will be an episode you won't want to miss.

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October 25, 2022 139 min
…1 campfire…
…1 dark forest…
…31 bone-chilling stories…
…Will YOU survive the night?

This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you r...
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October 24, 2022 142 min
…1 campfire…
…1 dark forest…
…31 bone-chilling stories…
…Will YOU survive the night?

This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast host. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you re...
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October 17, 2022 35 min
In 1820, the well-known British writer, Sydney Smith, mocked the United States for its lack of culture and sophistication:

In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? or goes to an American play? or looks at an American picture or statue?"

This was a common sentiment at that time. America was a young country, barely forty years old, and most Europeans viewed it as a kind of low-brow, hillbilly backwater.

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October 10, 2022 30 min
There’s a scene in the show Mad Men that shook me up the first time I saw it. It’s probably not the one you think.

In the very first episode, the Draper family picnics along the interstate. The grass is green, the birds are out, and a small portable radio plays softly on a red and white checkered blanket. It’s a deeply nostalgic picture of 1960s America.

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October 3, 2022 35 min
One of my favorite movies as a kid was The Lorax. When I first saw The Lorax, I had some sense that it was about protecting the environment. But it’s more than a cartoon. It’s a thinly veiled environmental manifesto. I didn’t realize, until I was older, that it was also strange masterpiece of historical fiction.

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September 26, 2022 43 min
Have you ever heard the saying that “Life imitates art”?

The person who coined this phrase was Oscar Wilde, the 19th century poet. Some say he was the first modern celebrity. What Wilde meant was simply that art often shows us the world we want to live in, more than the world we actually have. And sometimes, art can be so compelling and attractive that we change our reality to match.

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September 19, 2022 42 min
There’s not much in life you can understand without context.
When it comes to the systematic destruction of our planet during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the context is this – for the first 300,000 years of human history, nature, as former Laker coach Pat Riley might put it, “kicked our ass.”
Nature had us in a choke hold from the first cave to the first cafe, with famine, disease, natural disasters, and the occasional hayma...
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September 13, 2022 30 sec
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In my opinion, the single best online resource for visiting America’s national parks, or even appreciating them from afar, is a site called More Than Just Parks. You can find it at morethanjustparks.com. This site is run by two brothers, Will and Jim Pattiz, who will be joining us today.

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Before we jump back into the story of the Levi and Catharine Coffin, the so-called “President” and first-lady of the Underground Railroad, I thought it’d be helpful to review some of the code words common to the movement. Most of these will be intuitive once you get the hang of the railroad theme

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Central Region Director of the Indiana State Museum system. Joanna also manages the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, which is where we are today. This small brick home has been called the Underground Railroad's "Grand Central Station." Over a twenty span, from 1826 to 1847, more than 2,000 slaves stopped here on their way north to Canada – and freedom.

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If you were with us last episode you’ll recognize the voice of Erin Adams, Director of Education at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the former home of our 7th President, and current museum dedicated to preserving his life story. Erin will be with us again this episode as we consider Jackson's presidential legacy

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What’s the first step in becoming the most powerful man in America?
For our 7th president, Andrew Jackson, the first step in his journey to prominence began with the purchase of his first slave.
I sat down with Erin Adams, Director of Education at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, a museum on the premises of the president’s former home, to learn more.
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August 8, 2022 30 min
I’d like to introduce one of my favorite voices among anyone I’ve ever interviewed.
Parker's Crossroads, Tennessee is a small town of about 284 people, but it has a big history. This place factored in the life of one of the most controversial figures in all of American history, the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forest, who would become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan

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August 1, 2022 21 min
When you think of Ancient Greece, what images pop into your head?

You probably think of the Olympics and philosophers like Plato and Socrates. You might think of stories like the Odyssey and the Iliad that you were forced to read in high school. And if you close your eyes and picture one Ancient Greek building, I would bet you are picturing the Parthenon, the iconic temple complex located on the high rocky hilltop overlooking the ...
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