We’re all spending a lot more time at home in an effort to keep the impact of COVID-19 down. Need to keep your older kids – or yourself, for that matter – mentally occupied and on a schedule until schools and work go back to something resembling normalcy? Over the next few weeks, each weekday I’ll contribute to the effort by circulating a one-page brief on a historical person or event, including some discussion questions, online resources and a link to the relevant Drinks With Dead People blog post. A few FAQ’s appear below the worksheet links.

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Week 1:

March 16, 2020: The Electoral College (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 17, 2020: Claire Heliot (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 18, 2020: The Zoo Hoax (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 19, 2020: The Republican Congressional Cookbook (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 20, 2020: Joseph Priestley (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

 

Week 2:

March 23, 2020: Victorian Cough Syrup (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 24, 2020: Madame Tussaud (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 25, 2020: The Pony Express (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 26, 2020: Ian Fleming (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 27, 2020: Captain Kidd (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

 

Week 3:

March 30, 2020: Harold Lloyd (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

March 31, 2020: Maria Altmann (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

April 1, 2020: Jumbo the Elephant (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

April 2, 2020: James Barry (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

April 3, 2020: John Tyler (PDF worksheet / original blog post)

 


What’s this site?
Drinks With Dead People™ is a history blog that tries to answer that old party question: if you could have a drink with anyone in history, who would it be?

Think history is all about dates? Stuffy? Irrelevant? WRONG. We’re talking about discoveries, fights, booze, severed heads, cults of personality, art, sex, death, toilet humor, religion, politics and sports. And best of all: it’s all true.

History is full of people you’d love to have a drink with. Let me introduce you to a few.

Who are you?
Hi, I’m Betz. I’m an attorney and historian and I founded Drinks With Dead People in 2014 to give some of history’s most interesting, weird, wonderful figures their due. My writing has been featured in outlets including the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian and Atlas Obscura, and I’ve taught classes for students at Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Parental advisory?
The site and its essays are probably best for kids middle-school age and up. There’s some mildly salty language here and there. Mostly we’re just trying to learn some history and have fun. I hope you enjoy.

Stay healthy, everyone!

© 2020 Betsy Golden Kellem