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Totally Mind Blowing Timeline Truths!

When we study history, it’s so often in isolation, making it difficult to see where various events overlap.  For example, in the United States, we often study American history entirely independently of other events in the world. To Americans, that 600 – or so – year span of events that involved our nation seems vast. But there is more. Much more.  In the magazines included in every History Unboxed box, we also offer a quick snapshot of what else is going on in the world. And often, we find some truly incredible things…. Let’s start with something that began 80,000…

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Gross and the Glorious: History Hygiene Habits

Ewwww!!! or Ahhhh!!!???  Although popular in some ancient cultures, bathing fell out of favor in Europe during the Middle Ages. (Imagine how you would smell after a few days, not to mention a few months!)  You see, people believed bathing was a health risk. They didn’t understand how germs spread and thought disease could enter the body’s pores from sitting in dirty water.  The Church did not help the cause of personal cleanliness either, concluding that bath houses were dens of sin.  While it didn’t stop Charlemagne, it stopped plenty of other people from regular bathing.   For starters, for your…

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Happy Indigenous People’s Day!

by Stephanie Hanson Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Or, as you might call it where you live, Columbus Day.  Why are some areas changing the name of this federal holiday? Let’s take a closer look at Christopher Columbus and find out!  When you were growing up, did you learn a poem about how “In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue?”  The poem goes on to describe the very nice Arawak natives and how Columbus was brave and bright. You might have learned that he was “brave and bright” because he believed the world was round when everyone else…

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Game of Thrones Unboxed!!!

by Stephanie Hanson Unless you have been hiding under the proverbial rock, you have heard of the television series Game of Thrones. Known for its high body count and fantasy setting, the series is widely popular. But did you know that Game of Thrones is based on the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R.R. Martin? And, did you know that Martin was inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Hmm… check out those middle initials!) and the War of the Roses, as well as other historic events. Want to have a little fun?!!! Let’s…

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3 Years in Biz and New Pricing

Dear Customers, Fall of 2018 marks our 3rd year of business and it’s been a fabulous whirlwind. We have grown from a company where I was working out of my basement to one that employs designers, historians, artists, and fulfillment teams across the USA. We’ve shipped enough apple mummification kits to probably actually mummify a body. We’ve heard from so many customers about how our boxes has made history real, tangible, and memorable for their students. What a fulfilling few years it has been! During this time, our products have changed dramatically. Jamestown Horn BookMy original concept of sending a…

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Holiday gift subscriptions are here!

Shop Custom Subscriptions! Are you ready to make history this holiday season? For the first time ever, we're offering what some of our customers will call a dream come true: Custom Subscriptions! Oh boy, we are excited to announce this! For a limited time only, you can mix-and-match to your heart’s content, and build a 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-month subscription with ANY of our boxes!  That’s right: want to send your favorite student Ancient Egypt one month and Powhatan the next? Now you can! Boxes in gift subscriptions will ship mid-December if you order by December 14th, and in…

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Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to our new site! We are SO excited to launch our new website. Not only does it look and feel better, but it will be so much simpler for YOU our subscribers! Here’s what you need to know: Individual purchasers: RESET YOUR PASSWORD… If you have bought from us before (either boxes or subscriptions!) and gave us your email address, then you already have an account in this new system! But you need to reset your password. Go here to the password reset page, enter your email address, and check your email for instructions. …OR CREATE A FRESH ACCOUNT. If you…

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