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Cathy Polovina

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How did an ancient Celtic ritual to ward off the spirits of the dead become a favorite holiday for children in America by the 20th century?

October 1, 2020

There’s nothing weird about the out-sized entrepreneurial spirit of showman P.T. Barnum although he certainly was a master promoter of some of the weirdest oddities to be found in 19th century America.

September 3, 2020

In honor of the centenary of votes for women, we celebrate the life of the weirdest suffrage pioneer of them all.

August 6, 2020

 Thursday, March 12, 6:00 pm Northside Library

March 4, 2020

Come see and hear the story of a beautiful but naïve young woman, a talented and prominent New York citizen with a secret life, and the mentally disturbed son of a millionaire who married one and murdered the other in turn

September 5, 2019

Please join me in OLD WEIRD AMERICA this month for a look at the life of model, photographer, and children’s book author Dare Wright--who leaves us with the impression that she lived entirely in her own vi

August 1, 2019

In August 1835, The New York Sun reported the discovery of life on the moon, as seen through the mega-telescope of respected astronomer Sir John Herschel.

July 9, 2019

For the 1st anniversary of Old Weird America –I hope you will enjoy this look into the stormy lives of two American musical icons.

June 6, 2019

Come see and hear the wild story of LaPorte, Indiana’s Lady BluebeardBelle Gunness, who could be the first woman serial killer in America.  Belle lured a succession of lonely Norwegian bachelors

May 2, 2019