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Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing

Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing

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Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing

Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing

Muse Stories: The Unusual History of Every Thing

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Muse Stories is a bi-weekly podcast for lovers of weird history. Join cultural object preservationists Melanie Dellas and Karen Lacy as they uncover the unusual histories of every thing. Leave us a review on iTunes, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram @MuseStories. Visit the Muse Curatorial Consulting Group website at www.MuseCuratorial.com. New podcasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday!

Latest Episodes

S3E19: The Unusual History of Christmas Monsters

Most of us know about Santa Claus and his cranky counterpart, Krampus, but did you know that Santa has several other “companions” that lurk around during the Christmas season? Many European cultures welcome good ole’ St. Nick, but they also fear the spirits who follow to punish the bad. From zombie horses to mean yule cats, some of us may have more to worry about than just Krampus!

32 MIN2019 DEC 25
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S3E19: The Unusual History of Christmas Monsters

S3E18: The Unusual History of Christmas Trees

While Christmas is typically associated with Christianity and the birth of Jesus, the Christmas tree, which tends to be the focal point of our holiday décor within the home, did not have a place in early Christianity. The symbolism of evergreen trees can be traced to the worship of the Sun God Mithras around 600 BC, and became an important aspect of the winter solstice in northern Europe. From being Paradise Trees during Miracle Plays in the 14th century, to Martin Luther using them as examples of the night sky on Christmas Eve in 1605, our love of evergreens as beautiful symbols has never ended.

34 MIN2019 DEC 11
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S3E18: The Unusual History of Christmas Trees

S3E17: The Unusual History of Thanksgiving Traditions

The ancient origins of Thanksgiving stem from the tradition of harvest festivals stretching back long before early European colonists reached the New World. In a time when hunger was a constant threat and societies felt at the mercy of the gods, harvest celebrations and rituals were a necessary part of life. In America, we have our own family Thanksgiving traditions ranging from watching the big game to eating turkey with our family. But not all Thanksgiving traditions happen in the U.S. In some countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in a cemetery, or by playing drums to a yam. Regardless of what you do or where you do it, one thing is true for us all: It’s not how you give thanks, it’s who you do it with that counts.

32 MIN2019 NOV 27
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S3E17: The Unusual History of Thanksgiving Traditions

S3E16: The Unusual History of Feminine Products

For as long as there have been people, there have been periods. Not periods of time, no, I’m talking about a woman’s monthly visitor, Aunt Flow, the big red dot. And for almost as long, people have been trying to figure out ways to deal with it. From ancient rituals to using some rather odd things to plug up the situation, ancient people have been thinking about this for thousands of years -- Although you wouldn’t know it based solely on the writings they left behind. Across 4000 years of recorded history and among 6 different cultures, there is one thing they all have in common: total avoidance on the subject.

47 MIN2019 NOV 5
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S3E16: The Unusual History of Feminine Products

S3E15: Haunted Objects and Spiritual Care

In the spirit of Halloween month, this week’s podcast is dedicated to the cultural and spiritual care of objects. Whether it’s a ritual object, a doll or something that seems as simple as a chair, the care and even disposal is an important aspect of that object’s life...and yours.

58 MIN2019 OCT 22
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S3E15: Haunted Objects and Spiritual Care

S3E14: The Unusual History of Witches

In honor of Halloween month, this week's spooky podcast is a brief overview of Karen's presentation on witches, which she presented to the San Diego County Archaeological Society and the Santee Historical Association. If you thought you knew the history of witches, think again!

36 MIN2019 OCT 8
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S3E14: The Unusual History of Witches

S3E13: In the Field at the New Comic-Con Museum

San Diego's Balboa Park welcomes the new Comic-Con Museum! Join Karen Lacy as she goes "in the field" for a behind-the-scenes glance at what they will offer the public when they open in 2020!

5 MIN2019 SEP 25
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S3E13: In the Field at the New Comic-Con Museum

S3E12: The Unusual History of Wedding Dresses

You may think you know everything about wedding dresses: They're white and pretty, there are TV shows about choosing them, etc., but you'd be wrong! You may be surprised to know that wedding dresses have an unusual history that includes evil colors, bad fairies, bridesmaid bodyguards and keeping away trolls! That's right, trolls.

39 MIN2019 SEP 10
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S3E12: The Unusual History of Wedding Dresses

S3E11: In the Field: Conservation of a WWII Japanese Flag

Welcome to another In the Field episode! Today Karen is interviewing one of our private clients. He came to us with his grandfather's Japanese flag from World War II. The flag needed some tender loving care, and while working on it, we discovered its unusual history.

46 MIN2019 AUG 28
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S3E11: In the Field: Conservation of a WWII Japanese Flag

S3E10: The Darker Side of DNA

In the last episode we talked a lot about the happier side of DNA, how our DNA is processed through various companies, and we found out what Karen was made up of! Now we are delving into the darker side: crime scenes, forensics, the Golden State Killer and even Jack the Ripper! So sit back and enjoy, but be careful: Everything you touch, everywhere you go, you leave a little piece of yourself behind.

32 MIN2019 AUG 13
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S3E10: The Darker Side of DNA

Latest Episodes

S3E19: The Unusual History of Christmas Monsters

Most of us know about Santa Claus and his cranky counterpart, Krampus, but did you know that Santa has several other “companions” that lurk around during the Christmas season? Many European cultures welcome good ole’ St. Nick, but they also fear the spirits who follow to punish the bad. From zombie horses to mean yule cats, some of us may have more to worry about than just Krampus!

32 MIN2019 DEC 25
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S3E19: The Unusual History of Christmas Monsters

S3E18: The Unusual History of Christmas Trees

While Christmas is typically associated with Christianity and the birth of Jesus, the Christmas tree, which tends to be the focal point of our holiday décor within the home, did not have a place in early Christianity. The symbolism of evergreen trees can be traced to the worship of the Sun God Mithras around 600 BC, and became an important aspect of the winter solstice in northern Europe. From being Paradise Trees during Miracle Plays in the 14th century, to Martin Luther using them as examples of the night sky on Christmas Eve in 1605, our love of evergreens as beautiful symbols has never ended.

34 MIN2019 DEC 11
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S3E18: The Unusual History of Christmas Trees

S3E17: The Unusual History of Thanksgiving Traditions

The ancient origins of Thanksgiving stem from the tradition of harvest festivals stretching back long before early European colonists reached the New World. In a time when hunger was a constant threat and societies felt at the mercy of the gods, harvest celebrations and rituals were a necessary part of life. In America, we have our own family Thanksgiving traditions ranging from watching the big game to eating turkey with our family. But not all Thanksgiving traditions happen in the U.S. In some countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in a cemetery, or by playing drums to a yam. Regardless of what you do or where you do it, one thing is true for us all: It’s not how you give thanks, it’s who you do it with that counts.

32 MIN2019 NOV 27
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S3E17: The Unusual History of Thanksgiving Traditions

S3E16: The Unusual History of Feminine Products

For as long as there have been people, there have been periods. Not periods of time, no, I’m talking about a woman’s monthly visitor, Aunt Flow, the big red dot. And for almost as long, people have been trying to figure out ways to deal with it. From ancient rituals to using some rather odd things to plug up the situation, ancient people have been thinking about this for thousands of years -- Although you wouldn’t know it based solely on the writings they left behind. Across 4000 years of recorded history and among 6 different cultures, there is one thing they all have in common: total avoidance on the subject.

47 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
S3E16: The Unusual History of Feminine Products

S3E15: Haunted Objects and Spiritual Care

In the spirit of Halloween month, this week’s podcast is dedicated to the cultural and spiritual care of objects. Whether it’s a ritual object, a doll or something that seems as simple as a chair, the care and even disposal is an important aspect of that object’s life...and yours.

58 MIN2019 OCT 22
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S3E15: Haunted Objects and Spiritual Care

S3E14: The Unusual History of Witches

In honor of Halloween month, this week's spooky podcast is a brief overview of Karen's presentation on witches, which she presented to the San Diego County Archaeological Society and the Santee Historical Association. If you thought you knew the history of witches, think again!

36 MIN2019 OCT 8
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S3E14: The Unusual History of Witches

S3E13: In the Field at the New Comic-Con Museum

San Diego's Balboa Park welcomes the new Comic-Con Museum! Join Karen Lacy as she goes "in the field" for a behind-the-scenes glance at what they will offer the public when they open in 2020!

5 MIN2019 SEP 25
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S3E13: In the Field at the New Comic-Con Museum

S3E12: The Unusual History of Wedding Dresses

You may think you know everything about wedding dresses: They're white and pretty, there are TV shows about choosing them, etc., but you'd be wrong! You may be surprised to know that wedding dresses have an unusual history that includes evil colors, bad fairies, bridesmaid bodyguards and keeping away trolls! That's right, trolls.

39 MIN2019 SEP 10
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S3E12: The Unusual History of Wedding Dresses

S3E11: In the Field: Conservation of a WWII Japanese Flag

Welcome to another In the Field episode! Today Karen is interviewing one of our private clients. He came to us with his grandfather's Japanese flag from World War II. The flag needed some tender loving care, and while working on it, we discovered its unusual history.

46 MIN2019 AUG 28
Comments
S3E11: In the Field: Conservation of a WWII Japanese Flag

S3E10: The Darker Side of DNA

In the last episode we talked a lot about the happier side of DNA, how our DNA is processed through various companies, and we found out what Karen was made up of! Now we are delving into the darker side: crime scenes, forensics, the Golden State Killer and even Jack the Ripper! So sit back and enjoy, but be careful: Everything you touch, everywhere you go, you leave a little piece of yourself behind.

32 MIN2019 AUG 13
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S3E10: The Darker Side of DNA
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