Happy Fourth Anniversary To Us!

It was four years ago today we welcomed ourselves into the world with our premier post.

Please, please, please. We don’t need anything. But, if you are interested in getting us something (and what four-year-old doesn’t like gifts?), we would love to have you share any jokes, jests, and japes which you think might be worthy of our collection. Of course, there’s always sharing us with any of Clio’s minions, be they museum professionals, historians, or reenactors, you think might be amused, delighted, or irritated by our exhibits. Hopefully, they’ll tell others too.

And they’ll tell two friends.
And they’ll tell two friends.
And they’ll tell two friends.

This year’s reminder of why the American Hysterical Society exists comes from historian Lewis Mumford:

Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

2 responses to “Happy Fourth Anniversary To Us!

  • Annette Fromm

    Thank you for your devotion to keeping those of in the trenches human. I do enjoy and share with my students occasionally!

    • T.H. Gray

      Dr. Fromm,

      What a great gift (for us, not your students) to hear that the Hysterical Society’s collections are being shared with the museum professionals of tomorrow. Thanks for that, for the kind compliment, and for visiting the Hysterical Society!

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