UnCommon History
UnCommon History is about the fascinating and unusual stories and little-known facts from three centuries of American history. Produced monthly and three to five minutes in length, these audio podcasts uncover the truth about the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the Great Society and the Great Depression. Whether it was invention or intervention, innovation or despair, UnCommon History speaks of women and immigrant people. It will unmask the characters of our past, introduce the culture of American Indians and tell true stories you never learned in school. Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is a unit of government funded by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.

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Syndication

Was the interior of the 1790s Middlesex County Courthouse any different from today’s courthouse?

Direct download: courthouse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Wilson Stout Howell

Imagine a job interview with the wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Edison.  New Brunswick native Wilson Stout Howell quit his steady job to work for this 20th century pioneer.

Direct download: WilsonStoutHowell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Hadrosaurus

Found in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the skeleton of the hadrosaurus was both the first dinosaur skeleton excavated and the first on display in the entire world.  But who found it? Was it a farmer? a laywer, or a scientist?

Direct download: hadrosaurus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Chuck Wepner, The Bayonne Bleeder

Have you ever seen the movie Rocky? Learn about Chuck Wepner, the New Jersey boxer who was the inspiration for the character.

Direct download: BayonneBleederFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Nathaniel Fitzrandolph

Discover what made Captain Nathaniel Fitzrandolph one of the most heroic Revolutionary War officers in Woodbridge Township.

Direct download: FitzrandolphREDO.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Oliver Cromwell

Join us in late 1700s to uncover the life of Oliver Cromwell, a free African American, who fought with the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Direct download: CromwellREDO.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Rutgers Medical College

Uncover what it was like to attend Rutgers Medical College in the 1800s. Would today's professionals pass the courses and qualify for graduation?

Direct download: RutgersMedicalCollege.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

Benjamin Rush

Founding Father, Dr. Benjamin Rush was a pioneer in the field of mental health and the author of a handful of self-help guides. Listen to some of his suggestions and decide if they would apply in today’s world.

Direct download: BenRush.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Three Mile Run Church

Was the congregation of the Three Mile Run Church for or against the Revolution?

Direct download: ThreeMileRunChurch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

Smalleytown Schoolhouse

Learn what school life was like for students at the Smalleytown Schoolhouse in the 1800s.

Direct download: Schoolhouse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14am EDT