Ely Parker Civil War history mug, and a Native American in the Union Army.

What are History Mugs?

History Mugs are biographical mugs.  Each mug focuses on an individual who played a significant role in history.

We currently focus on American History. Our largest collections include all of the US Presidents and the many people who were active participants in the story of the US Civil War.

History Mugs are the perfect gift for those who love learning about our country’s rich and storied past.

Civil War Mugs

Our relatives fought in many of the well-known Civil War battles over their four years as soldiers. It was their participation which stimulated our interest in studying the Civil War.

The Civil War Series covers all aspects of the conflict, from Abolitionists to Union and Confederate soldiers and Union and Confederate politicians and civilians.

If you look at history books on the Civil War, it is hard not to notice that photography played a major role in the coverage of the Civil War.

While the photographs taken in the 1860s were black & white or sepia tone, we have turned them into color pictures.

We feel coloring the photos brings these interesting individuals back to life.

Ericsson Civil War history mug.
Celebrate your family with a custom Family History Mug

Family History Mugs

Researching family genealogy is a fascinating and entertaining activity. Many people store their collected family stories in books or online in digital format, we encourage you to celebrate the unique members of your family and put their stories on our history mugs.

Give us a photo, a brief biography, and list the descendants in a separate panel or lineage panel, to show how they are related to you, your parents and siblings.

To see samples go to our Custom section under Genealogy, we have many different styles of mugs you can look through to see the varied approach of our clients.

We are happy to work with you to produce the best possible result.

We have created numerous family history mugs and have a wealth of experience to draw from in helping you create the perfect mug.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Customized Mugs

You can work with us to design a Commemorative history mug, a Special Event mug, or showcase your Business.

Our Custom History Mugs enable you to celebrate your family history by using a favorite photo, story, historical fact or other information.

Custom Mugs can be designed for a special event.
Family History Mug

Our mugs are available at the following locations.

Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA.

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.

The Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT.

The President Calvin Coolidge Museum, Plymouth, VT.

The Fairbanks House Museum, Dedham, MA.

The Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook, NY.

The Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.

Historical Topics

We continue to add new topics and seek out images and stories of noteworthy historical figures.  Each of these individuals led an amazing life and made major contributions to the United States.  With such interesting people, it is difficult to limit the story of their lives on the small biographical panel on these mugs. You may want to research these individuals to learn more about them.

We would love to hear from other history buffs about individuals they would like to see added to this collection.

We have almost 500 biographies on the website.  To find a person you are looking for you can type their name into the Search bar and if the individual is part of our series, a link to their "page" will show up.  Click on the image of the mug and you will be able to see the complete profile.  

You can see a Complete List of all of our biographical mugs.  Please note that all the biographies, in the "complete list" will be sorted by both numerical and alpha order.  

A faster method is to type their name into the Search bar or to go to the history category they should be included in.

Sip a bit of history with your morning coffee.
Robert, Christine & Nuka

History Mugs

Robert is the creator of History Mugs. He lives in rural Vermont with his wife, Christine, and their Golden Retriever, “Nuka.”

To see his handmade work & Christine’s weaving visit their Robert Compton Pottery website.