The History Channel Magazine

Published by: North American Media Group for The History Channel Club

Editor: Terry Monahan

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Iím a history buff.  Iím absolutely fascinated by our worldís past and how it affects the way the world works today.  I had watched The History Channel on numerous occasions and discovered that there was a club that you could join on the Web.  In joining the club, I discovered that for the tiny sum of $24 a year (club membership), I could receive The History Channel Magazine.  I was promised fascinating facts, stories and legends and The History Channel Magazine has come through with flying colors. 

            Every two months, subscribers receive a new 70 page magazine filled with historical tales.  Just to give you an idea of what one magazine is like, Iíll review the November / December 2005 issue.  This issue is chock-full of interesting articles.  Maps to the Past by John Toren is an informative look at how maps have changed over history, not only in accuracy, but in detail and method.  What Would Smohalla Do? by Clifford E. Trafzer enlightens us on the life of Wanapum Indian medicine man Smohalla and his fight to keep his people entrenched in their traditions, resisting acculturation and resettlement.  Birdman of America by Kathy Monahan discusses the historical origin of the Audubon Society, beginning with John James Audubon and his fascination with nature.  His work on The Birds of America inspired the Association for the protection of wild birds and their eggs.  A fascinating tale of mystery and intrigue surround the pirate known as Blackbeard, and in Blackbeardís End by Tom and Gena Metcalf seek to shed some light on the life of the mysterious pirate and his disputed end.  Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: A Holiday Sampler by Bob Frost is an extremely informative article that discusses the origin of holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and New Years. 

            The History Channel Magazine also seeks to keep historical locations alive by informing its readers about these sites and how they can help restore them.  Antietamís Blood by Renee Valois introduces readers to the historical site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.  Readers of the magazine are encouraged to send in their stories about historical events.  This issue features a collection of letters by many readers regarding the cars of their past.  There is also a section in which The History Channel Magazine answers questions from its readers.  In addition, there are fun contests to join with fantastic prizes and a crossword puzzle to complete.  

            Anyone who loves history and has a yearning to learn will enjoy The History Channel Magazine.  At just $24 - $40 a year (depending on where you get your subscription from) and full of informative articles, The History Channel Magazine is well worth the money.  Iíve been a subscriber for over 3 years and will continue to renew my subscription for as long as the magazine exists!    



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