historian gothic
  • your profession is one that has been given many witty names throughout the centuries. gossips who tease the dead, prophets in reverse, and other quips like that. you prefer the term celebrity necromancer. you deal in a sort of immortality, bartering eternal memory for information about the past. the result is not always what your clients wished for, but necromancy doesn’t come with a satisfaction guarantee.
  • you are reading a book on imperialism when you realize that the past few pages have been eerily identical. looking back, you confirm that this is the case; looking forward, you see that the rest of the book appears to be the same two pages reprinted over and over again, napoleon forever invading russia. you put the book on imperialism down and pick up a book on farming practices in the early united states. it begins in the middle of the narrative of napoleon’s march on russia. you shrug. you are used to history repeating itself.
  • your library is a graveyard and your mind is a museum, facts and figures and little bits of the past cataloged in every nook and cranny of your memory. the ghosts of those who lived long ago whisper to you in the fluttering of every page you turn in your books. you rarely listen to what they have to say. the ghosts of historical figures tend to be miserable liars, and they can never seem to agree with each other.
  • you know so many dates that you can hardly close your eyes without seeing months and days and years burned onto your eyelids. you don’t mind them too much. they are a familiar comfort. you do not count sheep at night; instead, you recite days that generally only have a significant meaning if you are older than three hundred. september second in the year thirty-one before the common era- the battle of actium. may fourteenth in the year sixteen hundred seven in the common era- the foundation of jamestown. you struggle to remember your own birthday at times, but you can rattle off the dates and sometimes even describe the weather for hundreds of historical events, and that is good enough for you.
  • you are mocked, sometimes, for the perceived lack of contribution you make to society and for how little monetary compensation people think your occupation is worth. “what do you even do?” they often ask, and so you show them. you present some of your finest wares: a dull and lingering sense of melancholy that comes from missing someone you have never met; spontaneous moments of dread that our lives are meaningless, part of a great cycle that will never correct its errors and instead will only continue to run the same eroded path; a tear shed for the misery that humanity has put itself through and the hope that it has somehow never stopped feeling. the others are begging you to stop now, wrangling with the emotional turmoil of this academic séance, but it is no use. you remind them that history trudges on, with or without us.

Today marks the centennial of the National Park Service. To celebrate, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the special cover of our Fall issue of Prologue!

Who needs 100 candles on a birthday cake when you can have the Milky Way shining through the North Window in Arches National Park, Utah?

Inside, we’ve assembled a beautiful color photo essay of national parks images from our holdings. And you can celebrate the spirit of the centennial with an article about the creation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

For more information, go here: http://bit.ly/2bo2X9j

Thank YOU for a fabulous first year!

Today marks the first anniversary of the day Nadine and I created this blog and we both wanted to quickly send all of you a warm and heartfelt THANK YOU!

You guys have been amazing, this blog has grown so much in the past year and it’s all because of you. We’re both grateful that so many of you have joined the ride and continue to support us every day, here and on Twitter. So again, thank you! :)

To celebrate this first year with you, we’ve freshened up the layout both here and on Twitter, and we’ll soon be adding a FAQ section as well!

Here’s to another year around, well, not the sun, but Darren! ;)

Laura & Nadine
#HappyBirthdayDDN ;)


Moment of ABSOLUTE Truth

I feel overwhelmed right now. I hit 2,500 followers overnight. 

(Was NOT expecting that) and now I feel this huge pressure to celebrate. I realize that pressure is LARGELY self-imposed, but I LOVE you guys and celebrating with you is one of the ways I want to show you that.

 I already put off celebrating at 2,00 because I was still trying to finish the 1,500 followers celebration ships which I STILL haven’t finished because I hit a COMPLETE writer’s block on them. I set the standard on those rather high, and it became hard to rise to after I had done 25-30 ships.  

All that to say, I PROMISE I’m going to celebrate my follower milestone. I’m hoping that Friday or Saturday I will be able to give those details, but I will have to limit how many celebration requests I take for sanity’s sake. Please forgive me and understand!


Taal: A Historical Gem of Southern Luzon

This month, we celebrate the History Month, that time of the year when our national government and historian organizations highlight history, local and national. And as history is all about our past, it has also marked physical landscapes, leaving indelible marks for us to mull over, and study. These structures, these historic quarters and corridors, are a testament to the past and the enduring national memory attached to them. And so this post is dedicated to one specific town that exudes this celebration.

If you hear the name Taal, what may quickly come to mind is the Taal Volcano, a dormant volcano that form a beautiful vista in the highlands of Tagaytay in Southern Luzon.  What many do not know was that the volcano only was named after a very small town adjacent to it… a humble and sleepy heritage town of Taal.

*View of Taal Volcano from Tagaytay

Taal sits quietly on the southwestern side of the Taal Lake. I was given an opportunity to visit the place for the first time in July last year since I’ve heard that the town itself has preserved much of its structures, in that it earned its title “the Heritage Town of the South,” a contender to Vigan in Ilocos Sur, awarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

While the town is quite small in stature, some great historical figures were born here. One of them was Felipe Agoncillo (1859-1941), the first Filipino diplomat, sent by President Emilio Aguinaldo to the United States and France to plead for the Philippine case for independence amidst the negotiations between Spain and the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris. His wife, Marcela Mariño de Agoncillo (1860-1946), also hailed from Taal. She is famous for initiating the sewing of the first Philippine flag in Hong Kong, with the help of her daughter Lorenza Agoncillo, and Rizal’s niece, Delfina Herbosa de Natividad. Imagine, they sewed the flag in only five days! Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio (1852-1929), was another landed lady in Taal, who in the goodness of her heart, donated her ship, the SS Bulosan, to the revolutionary fleet in the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and provided food and resources to the cause of the Katipunan. Not much can be gathered on this revolutionary fleet of the Katipunan, as almost all written accounts refer to the battles on land, especially in its first phase before the intrusion of the Americans. And yet, this lady’s donation of her ship would have heightened the morale of the Katipuneros, who were not only trying to wrest independence from Spain but also trying to advocate the Filipino cause to our Asian neighbors, hence the importance of a maritime presence.

*A historical marker for Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. 

Another figure relevant to Taal is Leon Apacible, one of the delegates of the Malolos Congress that drafted the Constitution of the first Philippine Republic in September 1898. While he hailed from Balayan, a neighboring town, Leon, together with his wife, settled in Taal and built a home for their family (hence, the Apacible House in Taal). 

When we visited the town, we were led by a tour guide to the main artery of the heritage town, Agoncillo Street, where all the ancestral houses were lined up. We were told that the street would have had the UNESCO World Heritage Status if not for a family there who never cooperated in preserving their own ancestral house, ending in the demolition of the said house. Hence, the street still have ancestral houses but with an interruption of a newly built modern house right smack in the middle. I still have to check this story’s veracity but if true, what a wasted opportunity.

*The Taal Basilica, circa 1900s, courtesy of John Tewell.

The first part of the tour was an exploration deep into the religiosity and folk superstition of the town. We were brought to the main Catholic church structure of the town, the Basilica de San Martin de Tours, otherwise known as the Taal Basilica. The parish itself boasts of a history dating back to 1575, when the town’s first church building was built by the Augustinians. It was destroyed, with the entire town by the Taal Volcano eruption in 1574. Hence, the rebuilding of the church on higher ground, where the present site of the church is. It would again be destroyed by an earthquake. In 1865, the construction of the present church building began, and by 1878 it was finally completed. The church features a trompe-l'œil ceiling (an art technique that gives 3D optical illusion to a flat surface) giving it scale and grandeur, a feature also present in the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, also built by the Augustinians. Both Augustinian churches exudes Baroque designs, heavy pillars and arches. It is a reflection of the deep veneration of the townspeople.

*The trompe-l'œil ceiling of the Taal Basilica, just above the retablo.

*A poster of the rules of proper conduct in the Taal Basilica, written in Old Tagalog circa 1800s. 

*Antiquities of the Taal Basilica, displayed in the church. 

Further we went into this local religious psyche as we went to the Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine where we were introduced to the mysterious rumors of Marian apparitions dating back to 1603. As depicted by the paintings within the church, a certain fisherman by the name of Juan Maningcad from Caysasay (a small barangay in Taal) caught on his fishing net a statue of a Chinese deity. Maningcad observed that the image had a certain glow, and he knelt before it, attributing the image to Mary. The image was entrusted by a parish priest to a certain lady named Maria Espiritu. Then began the rumored disappearances and reappearances of the image, and numerous apparitions and miracles throughout the town. Hence a church was built near where the image was found. A well, called the Sta. Lucia Well, was also said to be miraculous, as rumors of eyewitnesses saw a Marian apparition near it. The water in the well is said to heal sickness.

*The arch above the Sta. Lucia Well, a remnant of the original Caysasay Church building that dates back to the Spanish Colonial Period.

The syncretistic element of the devotion to the Marian apparition known as the Lady of Caysasay is interesting, given that once a year, Chinese devotees would travel all the way to Caysasay to honor the image, which they believe to be the goddess Ma-tsu (媽祖).

While I’m respectful of faiths different from mine, I can’t help but observe the proliferation of faith through rumors, common in local towns in the Philippines, especially during the time of the Spanish Colonial Period. Given that the Spanish friars were outnumbered by the Filipino locals then, faith were used to influence and control the population, even to such an extent as to hesitatingly fuse Catholic faith with folk beliefs. This, I think, only increased their potency to the locals. I am reminded of historian Reynaldo Ileto’s premise that our local social impulses veer towards the religious, even when waging revolutions. One can say, these interstices and convolutions manifested by alleged miracles that are linked to religion is touching into these distinctive Filipino culture, which quite frankly, can be both very weird to us today but very Asian. Local historians who employ scientific historiographical inquiry will find the material in Caysasay interesting and juicy.

Moving on, you’d be lost in a frenzy of ancestral houses and museums that are scattered all over the town. At the time of our visit, the Leon and Galicano Apacible Museum and the Marcela and Felipe Agoncillo Museum were yet to be opened (both were being renovated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and are now open to the public since April 20, 2016).

*Panoramic shot of the interior of Villa Tortuga.

Our next stop was Villa Tortuga, a 19th century house restored to its full glory by designer Mr. Lito Perez. It’s location near the Pansipit River used to have turtles, hence the Spanish name it has. The house is fancy, serves delicious Batangueño food, and has an in-house photo studio and Spanish colonial Filipino costumes for tourists who want to have a sepia photo of themselves. I had one myself (see the profile photo on my tumblr). 

*Interior and balconies of the Casa Villavicencio.

After numerous marvelous interiors of houses that lined up the town, one of the amazing interiors I’ve seen was the extension of the ancestral house of Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio. Often called Casa Villavicencio, it is still managed by the political clan. The open patio, balconies the large windows, coupled with restored floor tiles and furniture give a sense of the stature the Villavicencios had.

*Front facade of the Galleria Taal Vintage Camera Museum.

Another house that shouldn’t be missed is the Galleria Taal Vintage Camera Museum. The house itself used to be the ancestral home of a Filipino couple, Domingo Ilagan and Maria Martinez-Ilagan, in the late 19th century. They had six children. The third child, Candida, was married to Antonino Barrion, one of the 202 elected delegates of the 1934 Constitutional Convention that drafted the 1935 Constitution of the Philippines. It was her and Antonino who took over the house in 1944 after their original family home was burned by the occupying Japanese. The grandson of Candida, Emmanuel Inumerable, a photographer and camera collector, took on the restoration of the house in 2004, and by 2010, he and his brother Bobby opened the museum that housed his collection of old photographic equipment. The museum boasts of being “the only one in the country that showcases Philippine antiquarian photographs and vintage camera collection all housed in an actual Spanish-era home.” Surely, the place is worth your visit!

*Rolleiflex cameras displayed at Galleria Taal: the camera model held by the late Senator Ninoy Aquino when he was a journalist, (at 17 years old) the youngest war correspondent to cover the Korean War for Manila Times. 

Taal is but one of the marks left by the past, and such a small town’s impact to national history shouldn’t be underestimated. It has produced pioneers, lawmakers, diplomats, revolutionaries–all heroes in their own right. And as if to remind the nation of its importance, the town has survived the test of time, even spared by the Japanese soldiers (with only minimal damage). Tucked away in southern Luzon, the town deserves to be visited by Filipinos who wish to learn of their history, their heritage and the nuances in between, all leading to a deeper appreciation of who we were and who we are now. 

Make sure that you visit the town if you’re around Batangas. It’s worth it. 

Photos above:

(1) (2) (3) - Snapshots of the Casa Villavicencio

(4) (5) (6) - Snapshots of the Galleria Taal Vintage Camera Museum

(7) - Agoncillo Street, the town’s main artery.

(8) - Interior of the Taal Basilica

(9) - Goco Ancestral House, only one of many ancestral houses in Taal that date back to the Spanish Colonial times.

(10) - The original home of Gliceria Villavicencio

anonymous asked:

The way you all proudly celebrate the choice to rip an innocent child out of the womb for selfish reasons makes me sick. I have zero respect for that. You all unfollowing people who disagree with you on child murder is definitely no loss for those who get unfollowed.

Okay, anon, let’s get one thing straight. Being pro-choice doesn’t mean anyone is CELEBRATING abortion. Do you think women wake up in the morning and make the decision to have an abortion lightly? Do you think women just LOVE walking past screaming protestors into a clinic where, depending on what state they live in, they might be given false information on the side-effects of their medical procedure, or where they might be forced to COME BACK ANOTHER DAY and do the same thing all over again? Do you think they’re not told time and again that they’re selfish by conservatives, by the government, by armchair activists, just because they choose to make the right choice for THEMSELVES? Really? 

No, anon, what we celebrate is ACCESS for women to make a decision about THEIR body. What we celebrate is women who speak out about their own experience so other women know they’re not alone in a sea of misinformation and stigma. What we celebrate is CHOICE, because that’s what it is, a CHOICE to have a LEGAL medical procedure. There’s no CHILD MURDER. Cellularly, a first trimester abortion is not unlike a splenectomy. You don’t want to follow me because I support a woman’s right to choose? That’s fine. You have no respect for my opinions? That’s fine. Feel how you want do feel, do what you want to do with your body, because that’s YOUR choice, but by all means, LEAVE THE WOMEN WHO HAVE ALREADY HEARD IT ALL BEFORE ALONE.

Friends & Neighbors!! So lil old me hit 1k followers and in a neck-and-neck poll y’all decided you wanted me to celebrate by giving out some Tumblr Awards!! SO: your wish is my command.


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  • reblog this post (likes for bookmarks) before September 19th
  • 1 winner, 1 runner-up for each category
  • post must reach 35 notes or I’ll cry and forget about it


The CLARKE GRIFFIN Award: Best Url

The BELLAMY BLAKE Award: Best Icon

The NATHAN MILLER Award: Best Theme

The REY SKYWALKER Award: Best Multifandom

The RAVEN REYES Award: Best Tags

The IMPERATOR FURIOUSA Award: Best Text Posts

The MONTY GREEN Award: Best Memes

The JOHN MURPHY Award: Best Emo Posts

The LUNA Award: Most Underrated

The BLACK PANTHER Award: Best Original Content*

The WELLS JAHA Award: Best Overall

*send me your original content tag

I know this isn’t your ~typical awards, but idc. I love you all and please enter!! (track #mj tumblr awards)

*steps up on soapbox*

I am hereby giving out hugs (or smiles and thumbs up for people who do not want touches) to anyone who at any point has felt ashamed or angry or upset or stupid for buying into media narratives. 

It is not your fault. At all. Not your fault!

Please be kind and forgive yourselves!

The entire system is set up in such a way that you’re supposed to believe everything the media tells you. It (normally) benefits the celebrity and celebrity teams and the media outlet if media outlets don’t push too hard “to find out the truth” and consumers don’t think to pull back the curtain. 

Let’s take a hypothetical media company who depends on celebrity interviews for ad revenue. The higher caliber celebrities you interview, the more people give you hits or views and the more money you can make from advertisers. Therefore, anyone who is interviewing will not risk alienating the celebrity/mgmt team/label etc when doing the interview or publishing the final piece. Asking blacklisted questions, giving unfavorable opinions of the celebrity, or not following the narrative can all result in the celebrity/mgmt team/label not wanting to work with that media outlet again - which could lose them money in the long run if they’re then known to cause problems. And that’s even if the interviewer has put any extra thought towards digging into an entire history of a celebrity to even question what they’re being told. 

It doesn’t benefit any of the parties who are making money if the consumers push too hard to see if a certain story is “the truth.” 

Plus, as a consumer of media, it takes a lot of effort to parse out a) does this make sense b) who is it benefiting c) who might be pulling strings behind the scene d) does this jive with past history/rumors you’ve heard from behind the scenes. 

And there are a LOT of celebrities out there pushing narratives, so to do that with every celebrity for every story you’re told is near impossible. 

So don’t be hard on yourselves! It’s okay! You’ve learned a bit more how the media works and you’re a little bit smarter and if you have spare time you can think about how it applies to other celebrities, but please do not spend any time putting your past self down for buying into it. 

Blake Lively cumple 29 años: te descubrimos 12 cosas que (probablemente) no sabías sobre ella

Este 25 de agosto, Blake Lively cumple 29 años en un gran momento personal y profesional. Forma una de las parejas más estables de Hollywood junto a Ryan Reynolds, con el que se casó en 2012, con el que tuvo a su hija James en 2014 y con el que volverá a ser mamá próximamente. Además, tras estar alejada un tiempo de la interpretación, ha regresado con fuerza. Este mismo verano, ha estrenado dos cintas, ‘Infierno azul’ (’The Shallows’, 2016) y ‘Café Society’ (2016), y próximamente llegará también a los cines ‘All I See Is You’ (2016). Desde que protagonizara la serie ‘Gossip Girl’ (2007-2012) se ha ganado a pulso el ser considerada una gran estrella y una de las mujeres más elegantes del mundo. Sin embargo, a pesar de su fama, hay algunas cosas sobre ella que (probablemente) no sepas. Te las descubrimos en esta galería.


Angelina Jolie cumple 41 años: repasamos su vida en imágenes / Jennifer Lopez celebra su 47 cumpleaños rodeada de estrellas

Está considerada una de las mujeres más elegantes del mundo y eso que no tiene estilista. Ella misma elige los diseños que luce en la alfombra roja. Así no tiene a nadie a quien culpar si no acierta, cosa que casi nunca sucede. (Foto de Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images). 

Su talento para la actuación le viene de familia. Su padre, Ernie Lively, es un acreditado actor con más de 100 producciones de cine y televisión durante su carrera. Mientras que su madre, Elaine, es una cazadora de talentos. (Foto de Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images).

Sin embargo, en un principio no tenía ningún interés en dedicarse a la interpretación y quería acudir a la Universidad de Stanford, una de las más prestigiosas de Estados Unidos, tras terminar el instituto. Finalmente, cambió de idea. (Foto de Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images).

Su primer papel importante fue en la película ‘Uno para todas’ (’The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’, 2005). Los responsables de la producción la eligieron a pesar de su curiosa audición. Blake Lively no sabía muy bien lo que hacer en el casting, así que les entregó una foto suya y se marchó. Todos pensaron que se trataba de una broma y volvería, pero no lo hizo. (Foto de Warner Bros. Pictures).

Blake Lively se convirtió en una estrella tras dar vida a Serena van der Woodsen en ‘Gossip Girl’ (2007-2012), aunque curiosamente estuvo a punto de no aceptar el papel porque no quería comprometerse durante mucho tiempo. ¿Cómo la convencieron finalmente? Mostrándole el increíble vestuario que luciría su personaje y ofreciéndole quedarse con algunas de las prendas. (Foto de The CW).

Blake Lively y su compañero en ‘Gossip Girl’ Penn Badgley son amigos desde que tenían 11 años. Incluso fueron educados juntos en casa de la actriz con un profesor particular. (Foto de The CW).

Lo pasó realmente mal rodando las escenas más subiditas de tono de ‘Gossip Girl’. Y es que reconoce que filmar momentos así es lo más difícil para ella de su profesión. (Foto de The CW).

Le encanta cocinar y se le da realmente bien. Aquí lo demostró en un vídeo para la edición estadounidense de ‘Vogue’. Además, acudió a un curso en el prestigioso Le Cordon Bleu de París para mejorar su habilidad en los fogones. (Foto de Youtube/American Vogue).

Asegura que no se ha bebido una copa en su vida. Y no es que esté muy en contra del alcohol, sino que dice que no soporta su olor ni su sabor. (Foto de Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images).

Empezó en el colegio antes de lo que le correspondía. ¿El motivo? Que su hermano no quería ir solo y sus padres la apuntaron con él. Eso sí, a las semanas dejó de acudir a las clases para volver al curso que le tocaba por edad. (Foto de Instagram/@blakelively).

Está absolutamente enganchada al ‘Guitar Hero’. Demostró su habilidad en un episodio de ‘Gossip Girl’. En 2014, reconoció que había participado en varias competiciones del videojuego en locales de Brooklyn, aunque nunca llegó a ganar. (Foto de The CW).

No se conoce la fecha exacta de su boda con Ryan Reynolds. La pareja celebró una ceremonia secreta delante de varios familiares y amigos el 9 de septiembre de 2012, pero ‘E!’ publicó un certificado de matrimonio de cuatro días después del supuesto enlace. Ninguno de los dos se ha pronunciado sobre ello. (Foto de Michael Stewart/Getty Images). 

anonymous asked:

1. What is you middle name? 23. Have you ever met any celebrities? 61. Do you sing to yourself? 67. Can you name all 50 states of America? 96. How did you get your name? 98. Do you have any scars?

1. What is your middle name?
Magdalena. I also have another one that’s made up of my dad’s name + the Finnish word for daughter.

23. Have you ever met any celebrities?
I’ve met loads of people who work with classical music (composers, opera singers and such). I’ve also met Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Ville Valo, members of The 69 Eyes and some other rock/metal bands as well as other celebrities like Alexander Rybak and NHL players. (Helsinki is so small and you see them just on a night out. I used to go to school next to where Jussi69 lived and saw him literally all the time.) I’ve also met the former president twice. I’m sure I’m forgetting some but those are the ones that come to mind.

61. Do you sing to yourself?
All the time.

67. Can you name all 50 states of America?
Funnily enough, yes. Me and friend saw the episode of Friends where Ross tries to name them all and being kids who imitated the show we wanted to give it a go.

96. How did you get your name?
My parents are classical music nerds and Anna Magdalena Bach was a musician and the wife of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The other middle name is a tradition my parents started, all my siblings have a similar name (dad’s name + the word daughter/son).

98. Do you have any scars?
Just the one on my nose but luckily it’s almost faded now!

like yall do realize ivy is perfectly happy with polyamory and understands love being far more intricate than just focused on one individual and is just happy when harley is happy……you can celebrate and ask for their relationship in the next movie without ignoring dead shot like…yo

anonymous asked:

OK all these asks are a small bit annoying. Can you break them up or something?

Once again, i’m gonna need for you to get the fuck out my ask box. Bitch no one fucking asked you. We’re all celebrating an Admin being happy and healthy. Take your nasty ass negative attitude elsewhere. There is an unfollow button. Are your eyes broke? Do you not see the tags. Have a nice day.

-Admin Monni xX