DIG Into History Magazine

Ages: 9 - 14Publisher: Cricket Media Subscription Price: $ 33.95 for 9 Issues per year


DIG is a history magazine in an archeologist’s or archivist’s guise. This fine publication is designed to tag-team material clues from the past with relevant contextual history.

Take the recent issue with Ludwig von Beethoven on the cover. Inside are 13 features about the master musician, including young Beethoven’s passion for music; his loss of hearing; the story behind his famous Ninth Symphony; even how to listen to classical music. But DIG Magazine presents Beethoven with an archival invitation, as well. The issue looks closely at scribbles and changes on original “autograph manuscripts” of his masterpiece Fifth Symphony to insight into the man and his creativity. And it inspects some Beethoven forensics, such as a photo of his skull and his “life mask.”

Each ad-free 56-page issue is theme driven and loaded with historical photographs, illustrations and features whose more in-depth telling are better suited for the upper end of the recommended age range. The magazine’s departments include Arti-facts (a one-page investigation of an archeological find or historical document); a Fun & Games challenge; a Then & Now page connecting past with present; a books section and readers’ questions.

Recent cover themes include The Atlantic Slave Trade; Liang Hongyu and China’s Song Dynasty; and Syria Through the Lens of History and Music. All break ground in providing overall and micro history about past civilizations and their influence and connection to our world today.

Subscriptions are auto-renewed, but the publisher guarantees subscribers can cancel subscriptions at any time.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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