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A walk at “Tuleyries”

Earlier today, circumstances were such that I had an opportunity to enjoy the morning sunrise. Granted, it was overcast, but watching the dawning of a new day can be pleasant enough. My destination… the Virginia Arboretum (aka, Blandy Experimental Farm). Why? For one, it’s free… and open, literally, from dawn to dusk. I visited for […]

Just Desserts in a New Children’s Book?

A picture book to be published next month takes readers through three centuries of history following a simple recipe for blackberry fool, but it has depths that some people have found troubling. The book is A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Show More Summary

Artifacts from Scotland Yard’s Black Museum to go on pubic display

In 1869 the passage of the Prisoners Property Act had made it legal for the police to use the property of prisoners for instructional purposes, so when the Central Prisoners Property Store was created at London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters in April of 1874, one Inspector Neame began to put together a small collection of objects [...]

“Marion Harland’s” Civil War

Though not a Shenandoah Valley author, Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune (aka… “Marion Harland”) is still someone who caught my attention. Yes… Virginia-born, but… she comes with a particular twist when dealing with the Civil War. Here’s what the entry in Encyclopedia Virginia has to say about her and the war… Harland’s novels were written over […]

I Only Read This Book for the Relatable Past

You might think that Thomas A. Foster’s Sex and the Founding Fathers is about the sexual behavior of the men who led the American Revolution and the creation of the federal government. But take a look at the subtitle: The American Quest for a Relatable Past. Show More Summary

Sailor’s coat from USS Monitor ready for display

After more than a dozen years, a sailor’s coat that was recovered from the gun turret of the Civil War ironclad warship USS Monitor is about to go on public display. Conserving this compelling artifact was an incredibly hard task, starting with the act of removing it from the ship. The 150-ton revolving gun turret, [...]

“Papers and books were scattered everywhere…”: A Day at The Briars

In speaking with someone just the other day, I mentioned how I’ve had an incredibly enjoyable time working through the nineteenth century literature of the Shenandoah Valley… meaning, the literature generated by those who lived here, and by those from without who wrote about the Valley and its people. In fact, I’m still working through […]

Editing the “Compulsively Circumspect” Thomas Hutchinson

This year the Colonial Society of Massachusetts published the first volume of its Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson series, a project decades in the making. That makes a valuable and widely discussed source available at last.This month the series’s chief editor, John W. Show More Summary

16th c. Faith stolen by priest found after 70 years

The Tutela Patrimonio Culturale unit of the Carabinieri, a division of Italy’s national police squad dedicated to investigating stolen art and antiquities, has found a 16th century painting by Alessandro Bonvicino, better known as Moretto da Brescia, that disappeared from a church 60 years ago. It was discovered in Brescia, in the home of a [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/24/14

Agenda? What? Retraction? How? | conflict antiquities — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 24, 2014 Dorothy King's PhDiva: Second Temple Jerusalem — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist)...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/23/14

Laudator Temporis Acti: A Particular Dialogue — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 23, 2014 Greek Anthology, 5.12 (Rufinus): Gather Ye Bath Bubbles While Ye May | Sententiae Antiquae More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/22/14

Events | School of Classics | University of St Andrews — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 22, 2014 Amphipolis Tomb Tops NBC 2014 Scientific Mysteries List | More Summary

New Year’s Resolution: No more running over battlefield monuments, sitting on cannons or leavings coins for good luck

The battlefield monuments at Gettysburg have seen it all: cars plowing into them, kids climbing all over them, lightning and tree limbs knocking them off base and wind blowing them over. However, the battlefield’s crack repair team put them all back together and, in honor of its work, was given a National Park Service award this month.Read full article >>

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Back in September, my ears perked up at this History News Network article, “Why Historians Can’t Afford to Ignore Gossip.” As a supporter of unabashed gossip, I found the history of that term interesting:The very definition of gossip has changed over time. Show More Summary

“History Walks On All Of Us”

But history walks on all of us, lashed by time, and sometimes we feel its boot on our backs, and sometimes we are oblivious to its passing, the swing of sorrow and triumph through humanity, sorrow, and then, finally, crippling grief fading to obscurity, which is perhaps why Americans want little to do with history, […]

Earliest known piece of polyphonic music found

The earliest known piece of polyphonic music — choral music written for more than one part — has been discovered in a manuscript at the British Library. It was found by Cambridge doctoral student Giovanni Varelli who was looking through the British Library’s manuscript collections for medieval musical notations. On the last page of Harley [...]

Complete Medical Histories from the Founders

Jeanne E. Abrams’s Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health came out from New York University Press in 2013. Here are an H-Net review, a C-SPAN video, and a podcast discussion of the book on Liz Covart’s “Ben Franklin’s World” podcast. Show More Summary

US Swedish-language newspapers digitized

When 1.3 million Swedes emigrated to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they were supported by the communities their predecessors had established. Sweden had a 90% literacy rate in 1850, one of the highest in the world, so a larger than usual proportion of the farmers and labourers who sought [...]

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