Keeping up with our personal history – what we did last week or last month or five years ago – is hard enough. How much more difficult it is to keep up with – and understand – our collective past. For example, most of us learned in school that John Wilkes Booth, the man who allegedly assassinated President Abe Lincoln, perished in a barn fire. But new evidence indicates Booth may have managed to escape and live on to teach in private schools across the Southwest. True or false?
The truth is, there are many questions about history we simply do not understand. What we learned in the classroom may not be completely accurate. This is especially true when we are talking about ancient history. For example, it has been a popular theory that the first man to set foot in the western hemisphere walked across a land bridge from Asia. That theory is only now being challenged. If we would have taken the time to ask the Native cultures of the Americas, we might have discovered a very conflicting story of origin.
Let’s take a look at the strange myths and legends of Native America. Among the Hopi in Arizona there is an oral tradition that says their people originated on a planet in the Pleiades star cluster, and that they were transported to earth by “star beings” long, long ago. Fact or fiction? Truth or myth?
Moving to more modern times, most of us believe that UFO sightings started following the Roswell incident in 1947. But would you be surprised to discover that the 1800′s were full of published newspaper reports of the same kind of sightings being reported in contemporary times? While recent sightings might be explained as misidentification – aircraft, weather balloons, satellites, military flares, etc. – what would we tell the 19th century ranch hand when he claimed to see a large metallic object in the sky with flashing lights that frightened his cattle to stampede?
I hope this blog will serve as a place where we can consider the improbable, dare to entertain the unlikely, the impossible; a place where we might ask questions and offer new ideas, a home for those who wish to engage in robust conversation about the great mysteries of our historical past. The past, it seems, was a very strange place indeed. It has been said, “the certainty of history seems to be in direct inverse ratio to what we know about it”, and this, my favorite of all, “nothing falsifies history more than logic”.
Here you will find a number of pages dedicated to history’s greatest mysteries, a place where we can examine, discover, explore, comment and post about history’s greatest mysteries. The blog is designed for inquiring minds that enjoy looking at our collective past in an effort to understand better who we by examining where we have been. The site is rift with fringe history – those tales and stories that beg for more detail and understanding. Take the time to explore the site, and why not register and start posting your comment. Keep it friendly please, and enjoy…