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

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 EST

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 EST

Blacksmith

How did young boys learn the ancient folk art of blacksmithing, which was essential to society in the 1700s and 1800s?

Direct download: Blacksmith.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:11am EST

Patent Medicine

Listen to the rise and fall of the patent medicine history through the example of highly successful New Jersey proprietor George G. Green.

Direct download: PatentMedicineREDO.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am EST

Cholera

Uncover the difference between the pharmacist of present day and the apothecary of the early 1800s while learning how an apothecary treated a patient during a cholera epidemic in New Brunswick.

Direct download: CholeraFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:57am EST

Tavern Owner

What if you wanted to be a tavern owner in New Brunswick?  Learn about the process and the multiple functions of a tavern in the 1700s and 1800s.

Direct download: TavernOwnerFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49am EST

East Jersey Olde Towne Village

Ever wonder how the beautiful Village of East Jersey Olde Towne in Piscataway came into being? Hear the story of its founding through the efforts of Dr. Joseph Kler and a group of community leaders and volunteers.

Direct download: EJOTFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:42am EST

John Neilson

John Neilson, Middlesex County resident in the 18th century, Revolutionary War officer.

Direct download: JohnNeilsonFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Elizabeth Franklin

Hear about the hardship of the Revolution through the eyes of Elizabeth Franklin the wife of the last Royal Governor of the Colony of New Jersey.

Direct download: ElizabethFranklinFINAL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Imagine it is 1897 in New Brunswick and you are told you can make a lot of money selling patent medicines door to door or from your home.  How do you start?  What product are you selling?   

Direct download: PatentMedicine.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:49am EST