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

Theodore Roosevelt mug in bookcase
This is our Theodore Roosevelt history mug, shown in a bookcase.

What are History Mugs?

History Mugs are biographical mugs.  Each mug focuses on an individual who played a significant role in world history. Our focus is on American History.  Our collections include all of the US Presidents and the many people who were active participants in the story of the US Civil War.

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We have relatives who 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 not hard to notice that photography played a major role in the coverage of the Civil War.  While the photographs taken in the 1860’s were black & white or sepia tone, we have turned them into color pictures.  We feel that coloring the photos brings these interesting individuals back to life.

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 got 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, showcase your Business or create a Whimsical mug.


  • Gettysburg Museum Store, Gettysburg, PA.
  • The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Museum Store, 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.
  • The University of Vermont Book Store, Burlington, VT.
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Winston Churchill

Historical Topics

We continue to add new topics and seek out images and stories of noteworthy historical figures.  We would love to hear from other history buffs about individuals they would like to see added to this collection.

Our “Custom History Mugs” enable you to celebrate your family history by using a favorite photo, story, historical facts and other information.








Sip a bit of history with your morning coffee.

An editor checks the content of History Mugs for accuracy.

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 pottery website:

Robert Compton Pottery

Robert, Christine & Nuka
Robert, Christine & Nuka