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Judith Sargent Murray’s “Love Notes” in Salem, Feb. 6

Tonight the Bridge at 211 Bridge Street in Salem is presenting an evening of words and music recalling a love story from the early years of the U.S. of A.“Love Notes” features the letters from Judith Sargent Murray to the Rev. John Murray, her friend for fourteen years and then her husband for twenty-seven, set to music on the organ and harp. Show More Summary

Researchers to seek DNA in USS Houston trumpet

The USS Houston, a heavy cruiser that was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite ship, was the flagship of the U.S. Navy’s Asiatic Fleet not once but twice. FDR visited it no fewer than four times, logging thousands of miles of travel on board. It was even retrofitted with special elevators and handrails for the President’s [...]

CFP: «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World (Graduate conference)

PROLEPSIS First International Postgraduate Conference «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World University of Bari (Italy), 27th – 28th October 2016. Confirmed keynote speaker: Stephen J. Show More Summary

Joanna Cleveland’s “Leap in the Dark”

Over the past two days I quoted dueling advertisements from issues of the New-London Gazette in January 1766, documenting the failed marriage of Robert and Joanna Hebbard.I learned about those notices from the Twitter feed of Carl Robert Keyes and his Adverts 250 Project. Show More Summary

The Problems African Countries faced at...

When African states gained their independence from Europe's colonial empires, they faced numerous challenges starting with their lack of infrastructure

Confederate Heritage Groups Reveal True Meaning of Their Flag

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that Confederate heritage groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans are their own worst enemies when it comes to promoting their preferred interpretation of the battle flag. News that three such organizations intend to erect a 50-foot flagpole off of I-85 and […]

UK wants to keep Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and dagger

A magnificent presentation dagger and set of silk robes that belonged to T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, have been placed under a temporary export bar by UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The silver-gilt dagger was a gift from Sherif Nasir, cousin of Emir Faisal, given to T.E. Lawrence in 1917 after the [...]

Thursday marks birth of the Confederate States of America

Montgomery, Ala., was a crowded place on Feb. 4, 1861, as delegates to the Confederate Provisional Congress met for the first time. There were also military officers, local and out-of-state politicians, socially prominent plantation owners and anyone else with a stake in the organizing of a new nation. Every hotel and boarding room was taken, […]

“To make a just return to his injurious Advertisement”

Yesterday I quoted Robert Hebbard’s advertisement from the 17 Jan 1766 New-London Gazette. That same ad appeared last month at Prof. Carl Robert Keyes’s new Adverts 250 Project, which runs one advertisement from a 250-year-old American newspaper every day. Show More Summary

Van Gogh Museum’s exceptional French print collection online

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam first got into the French turn-of-the-century prints when it bought 800 exceptional examples from a German private collection in 2000. Since then the museum has made a point of acquiring more outstanding pieces. There are just under 1,800 French prints from 1890-1905 in the Van Gogh Museum now, but [...]

How Documents Buried by Jewish Guards at Auschwitz Tell the Story of Genocide

The Scrolls of Auschwitz comprise a variety of documents written by members of the Sonderkommando or Special Squad, a group of predominantly Jewish prisoners who were forced to work in the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Son of Saul,...Show More Summary

A Reconstruction Reading List

Ask for a book recommendation on Reconstruction and you are likely to get Eric Foner’s masterful synthesis, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. It’s still a great place to start, but there has been a good deal published about the period over the past few years and much of it takes […]

“Joanna Hebbard, hath for some time past Eloped from me”

As the new Adverts 250 blog featured last month, on 17 Jan 1766 the New-London Gazette published this advertisement:Amenia, in Dutches County, in the Province of New-York, December 4th, 1765.WHEREAS my Wife Joanna Hebbard, hath for some...Show More Summary

Current UN Peacekeeping Missions in Africa

Background and mandates of the current United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa.

Former UN Missions to Africa

Concluded United Nations missions in Africa, chronologically organized with brief descriptions of their context and outcomes.

The Extension of University Education Act in...

The Expansion of University Education Act segregated Apartheid universities by race and ethnicity, ensuring non-white students received limited educations.

Ancient First Nations’ clay may kill drug-resistant bacteria

History steps in again to help fight the terrifying scourge of a post-antibiotic world in which even the smallest infection can cause death and entire fields of medical technology — organ transplants, device transplants, cosmetic surgery — are left undefended against the onslaught of pathogens. Last year there was the very promising study of a [...]

Atlanta History Center Lends an Interpretive Hand

I am sure there are other examples, but the Atlanta History Center is the first organization that I am aware of that is addressing the ongoing discussion about Confederate iconography. It is doing so by providing communities with the tools to better understand the history of their Civil War monuments. […]

A Cheerier Vision of the Depression Years, In Hyper-Bright Postcards of Recreation Spots

Although we now associate the "look" of the Depression with the stark black-and-white photographs of Dorothea Lange or Walker Evans, for people who lived then, the super-bright linen postcard was a staple of the visual landscape. Between...Show More Summary

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