Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub

Ed Darrell, who writes "Millard," says he's "striving for accuracy in history, economics, geography, education, and a little science." The blog is about many things, but Darrell has a deep respect for truth, and for the environment--an excellent read for those who believe in place-based education.

Author: Ed Darrell


Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub started as my way of learning about making blogs work, for my hope to integrate blog usage into the classroom.

This blog focuses on history education, with meanders into all of the social studies: Economics, history, geography, law, political science, and government (have I left something unmentioned? It’s in there). Debunking false, bad, bogus and voodoo history occupied me from at least junior high school; the story of Millard Fillmore’s bathtub, the hoax perpetrated by H. L. Mencken and the inability of historians to straighten out the issue in 90 years, seemed a good jumping off point.

My hope is to help students, their learning partners (especially parents), teachers and administrators make history sing for the students — and other social studies, too.


Tags for this entry:
youth engagement, accurate history, place-based education

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