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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Learn about Carteret’s own Joe Medwick, a major leaguer who played baseball during the 1930s and 1940s.

Direct download: Medwickfinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Do you think you could pass the entrance exam for Rutgers College in 1825?  What classes were offered?  Learn about early 1800s college life in this month’s podcast. 

Direct download: Rutgers1825final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30am EST

How much damage was caused by a tornado that tore through New Brunswick in the mid-1800s?

Direct download: tornado1835final.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: HoraceFairchildfinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:28pm EST

Do you know what a mastodon is?  Learn about the mastodon on display at Geology Hall, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Campus.

Direct download: Mastodonfinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:12pm EST

Imagine how Madame Washington transformed an Atlantic City beauty salon into a beauty and hair care empire

Direct download: sarawashington4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Who was the most powerful woman in seventeenth century East Jersey?  Learn about Elizabeth Carteret one of the first “Jersey Girls.”

Direct download: elizabethcarteretfinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Central New Jersey physician Henry Vanderveer enlisted as a surgeon in a New Jersey regiment during the Civil War.  Hear some excerpts from some of his letters to his wife.

Direct download: henryvanderveerfinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Ride along with the former Hackensack native and learn why she was named "Woman Motorist of the Century."

Direct download: aliceramseyfinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Why did James Drake put a living elephant across the street from the Indian Queen Tavern in 1818?

Direct download: elephantIQT.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm EST