19th century Spiritualism: Seances, Mediums, Exhibits

the Fox sisters, Leah, Margaret, and Kate

The Fox sisters:

Seances (whereby a spirit is summoned to communicate with the living) became quite popular in the 1800s, due in large part to the Fox sisters.  In 1848, the first recorded spirit-rapping in America took place when Margaret and Kate Fox attempted to communicate with the spirits of the dead. More →

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19th Century Women’s Basketball

The game of basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Massachusetts.


In 1892, Senda Berenson Abbott started the first women’s basketball program at Smith College, making modifications to the rules for women’s play. More →

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