Happy Fifth Anniversary to Us! (NSFW)

Today is the American Hysterical Society’s five-year (or 60-month, 1,825th-day, 43,800th-hour, 2,628,000th-minute, or 157,680,000th-second) anniversary! If the AHS were a child, according to some and among other things, we would want to please our friends, be like our friends, and agree with rules. We don’t actually want those things, but at this age we’d be able to do them if we did.

It’s been an amazing five years for us. We have published 658 posts, logged almost 73,000 visits, and assembled the largest catalog of humorous history and museum books, essays, cartoons, links, and songs on the planet. Not bad for a museum that doesn’t pay for collections or advertise itself.

That said, it has been a difficult year for us. The Society’s staff has gotten a little off-focus. Partly that’s because we have been thinking about some bigger projects (a series of books actually) which has taken time away from our daily work. We apologize for any inconvenience or boredom this has caused. We hope to remedy the situation with a series of strategic retreats and layoffs.

Still, as any five-year-old we like gifts. The traditional five-year anniversary gift is wood. With that in mind we would like to ask, in case you were thinking of getting us something, for these:

 

Story Here (cause you’re curious).

Not only are they rare examples of historic material culture, they are doubly suited to this particular anniversary.

And remember:

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. David T. Wolf

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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

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