History of the Future


Gentle Readers,

What should be the future of History?

Or more to the point, what would you like to see written about here?

I want to thank you for reading. Some have been reading my articles since I first started writing them back in 1984, some have just started subscribing.

  • Originally I wrote only about the History of the Holidays both secular and sacred.
  • Most were primarily US holidays, but I’ve been asked to write about those from other countries and cultures.
  • I resisted writing about events that occurred during my lifetime, not considering them “history.” But as time passes one finds more of their life behind them than ahead and I’ve softened on this. So I broke down and finally wrote an article on Martin Luther King Jr’s Day.

I’m grateful for all your questions, comments, suggestions, and spelling corrections. Even those who disagree with my perspective — I’ve experienced great discussions and developed some enduring relationships with over the years as a result.

I have expanded my writing to other blogs, in keeping with different audiences and different interests — covering subjects like technology trends, information explosion, popular culture, international travel as well as what I write here on history… as described in more detail here.

Your attention to my articles is deeply appreciated and I’m appreciative. So:

==> What else would you like me to write about here?

Some of my recent ventures have been humorous, some about the Super Bowl, others on recent history, like that of the 5th anniversary of Facebook or the 50th anniversary of The Day the Music Died, or the epochal nature of Inauguration Day or that of the Long Year.

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Again, your visits and your interactions mean a lot to me. I’m grateful for your attention. I’ve got more great stuff ahead, and I’m excited you’re with me.

So again I ask:

==> Want do you want to see more of in the future?

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Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood historian


  1. chuck on February 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Before I suggest anything I’d like to make it clear that I enjoy the topics you pick and enjoy this site as is. I especially enjoy the holiday coverage you’ve been providing.
    I would humbly suggest three rather disparate areas I find interesting, that you might be interested in covering. First, I’d ask you to consider covering some topics that contributed to what made our country great. These might include the writings of our founding fathers, the tactics of the Continental Army, or the principles found in our country’s Constitution.
    A second area that is of interest to me is the historical basis for the relationship the Muslim world has with the West. In other words, how their view of westerners has been shaped through various points through the centuries.
    Finally, and less substantive, I always like your entries that answer a nagging question people often seem to have, such as when you did the history of boxing day. Now, I’ve only been following since the day after 2008’s Thanksgiving, and so I don’t know if you’ve covered these things already, but the ideas I’m talking about here might include the history of Friday the 13th, or the history of bad luck. Other topics in this category might be why certain people’s images are on our currency, anything related to astronomy, or why an OCTOgon and an OCTOpus are associated with the number 8, yet the month of OCTOber is the 1oth month — perhaps that one has been covered in a previous April month.
    Whether you incorporate any of these suggestions, or none at all, I will remain a loyal reader. The last thing I want to be responsible for is turning a hobby of yours into a job.
    Take care!

  2. Bill Petro on February 17, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Chuck, some great suggestions. Colonial history is an interest of mine, and I might share some aspects of American history as it moved into the National Period. The second area you suggested I don’t know enough about. The third area I do know something about.

    I’ve already written about the History of August

    Have you noticed how the calendar goes SEPTember (7), OCTOber (8), NOVember (9), DECember (10)?


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