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History Department

The Miskatonic University History Department contains lecture notes and essays on topics ranging throughout history. This page will be a place to collect the information for easy retrieval by our students.

Bringing history to life in a game setting.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in General Updates, History Department | 0 comments

The designer behind Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land , Tomas Rawlings, has written a great article on how they took real WWI medical tech and integrated it into their game. For Keepers setting their game up through the 20’s, this is great information on what kind of first aid supplies are likely to be seen in various locations. The article is over at a site called Wellcome Trust. There are several pictures for examples and many links to additional information sprinkled through the article. A great...

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MU History Department Lecture Series- The Angel of Hadley

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Lecture Series- The Angel of Hadley

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  The Angel of Hadley Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard In 1649, at the height of the English Civil War, 59 judges signed the death warrant for King Charles the First. The Roundheads, led by Oliver Cromwell, overthrew the monarchy and ruled for five years. But when Charles’s son was restored to the throne, many of the rebel judges were caught. They were publicly hanged, drawn and quartered for the crime of “regicide.” Even those who had already died in the war were dug up from their...

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MU History Department Lecture Series- The Demons of 1866

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Lecture Series- The Demons of 1866

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  The Demons of 1866 Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard An article on the front page of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1866 retold incredible accounts from a farm family in rural Mount Hope, New York. The article states that the family had been awakened one early spring night by a faint sound, as if a choir was chanting. They soon started hearing sounds of human wailing and suffering as well. Animals on the farm joined in, dogs howling, horses and cows baying. Then, a bright light lit the...

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MU History Department Slice of Life Series- 1920s Hygiene

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Slice of Life Series- 1920s Hygiene

The Slice of Life series will be documents that are released via the web site that will detail historical periods with information to add flavor and verisimilitude to your games. Miskatonic University Department of History Slice of Life Series: 1920s Hygiene Presented by: Katherine Kramer Download Here Hygiene, in the early 20th century, did not just mean personal hygiene. Hygiene also included food safety and cleanliness of a person’s environment. Katherine is married to Keeper Dan, and is a freelance writer and editor. More of her...

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MU History Department Lecture Series- The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Lecture Series- The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard Of all the colonies in the New World, William Penn’s Colony had one of the most open policies for religious freedom and tolerance. Because of that, it was a magnet for groups with unusual beliefs. One of those groups was founded by German mathematician John Jacob Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s teachings were taken from a secret mystical brotherhood known as the Rosicrucians, and included alchemy, geomancy, astronomy...

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MU History Department Lecture Series- Pangboche Hand

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Lecture Series- Pangboche Hand

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  The Pangboche Hand Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard In 1957, Texas businessman, adventurer and “cryptozoologist” Tom Slick launched a fact-finding expedition to the mysterious Himalaya Mountains. He was chasing down reports of the fearsome “abominable snowman”, or Yeti – an ape-like monster also known as the “Mi-Go” in Tibet. During the expedition, the leader of the mission, Peter Byrne, heard word that a curious artifact was being kept in a monastery in Pangboche, Nepal. The object...

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MU History Department Lecture Series- Blood Rain

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

MU History Department Lecture Series- Blood Rain

Miskatonic University Department of History Lecture Series:  Blood Rain Presented by: Dr. Charles Gerard Stories about blood falling from the sky can be found in fiction and superstition going back to the dawn of recorded time. Homer wrote about Zeus bringing a rain of blood as a warning before a brutal battle. In 14th century Germany, a shower of blood was said to be a portent of the Black Death. More recently, in 1890, an article in Popular Science News reported that — in a small village tucked down in the toe of Italy’s boot – a...

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MU History Department Slice of Life Series- 1920’s Sex-Education Films

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in History Department | 0 comments

Here in the Miskatonic University History Department, we want to make sure the students are well aware of all aspects of a responsible adult life. Below are two films that explain the necessary knowledge every boy or girl should know in matters of… intimacy. Here is the boy film: Here is the girl...

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