Mugs with a Story

We developed History Mugs as a learning tool that presents facts and visual images that encourages learning about a person or event.  Each biographical mug focuses on an individual who played a significant role in history.  We have researched and written over 500 biographies.  

New biographies are added each month in response to requests from individuals and museums, as well as pursuing our personal interest in various topics. 

While the majority of our biographies have focused on politics and US history, we are developing biographies on scientists, authors, and leaders of social & civil rights causes. 

Our largest collection includes the many people of both the North and South 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.


Newest Biographies

We add new biographies to our website on a regular basis.  To help you to find the latest entries we have created, a New Biographies Page with links to the most recent additions in our biographical mug library.

We have new biographies that are not yet available through our shopping cart.  We decided to put them on a page called Biographical Works in Progress We welcome you to look through these history mug “tri-panels” before they are officially added to the collection.

Our History Mug Site Map gives you a quick way to sort through the over 60 historic topics we cover in our historical biographies.

New Styles for 2018

Our history mug of author Louisa May Alcott is an example of a new style of a white mug with a glossy black interior.  We feel he black interior adds a level of elegance by picking up the colors of the content and graphics and gives the mug its distinctive look.

The other new style is an all-black mug that draws your eye to the image and description in the three panels on the mug.

Our history mugs are available in small and large versions.  The small mugs hold 11 ounces and the large mugs hold 15 ounces, as well as two sizes there are three styles that can be purchased: a white mug with a white interior, a white mug with black interior, and an all-black mug.

The Theodore Roosevelt mug in the image foreground is 11 oz. the Theodore Roosevelt mug behind is a 15 oz. mug.

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.

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.

U.S. History

In the US Government category of our site, there are several hundred biographical mugs representing presidents, congressmen, and senators along with chief justices of the Supreme Court. 

It's a historically interesting fact that most presidents had served in Congress or as vice presidents before taking on the highest office in the US government.  Every vice president is represented with their own biographies as well as members of Congress. 

We are currently developing biographies on all of the First Ladies who have served admirably in the White House.  It is worth noting that not all First Ladies were wives of the US president as the death of a wife or a bachelor president did not have a wife who could fill the role.  These individuals could be a niece or daughter-in-law of a serving president. 

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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 over 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.

The Creators behind History Mugs

Robert and Christine are the designers of History Mugs. They live in rural Vermont, where Robert made his living as a studio potter for over 45 years.  Christine is an active spinner and weaver.  They share their homestead with several sheep and their Golden Retriever, “Nuka.”

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