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“My Dearest Friend” Opera in Quincy, 2 July

On Saturday, 2 July, Adams National Historical Park will host a free performance of Patricia Leonard’s opera My Dearest Friend.These songs will feature soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer as Abigail Adams and baritone Charles Taylor as John Adams. Show More Summary

Review of Free State of Jones

I went to see Free State of Jones on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not a perfect movie by a long shot, but it is an important movie when placed in the context of the ongoing backlash against Confederate iconography and the gradual erosion of the Lost Cause narrative of the war that we’ve […]

Teapot is Smithsonian’s millionth digitized object

A teapot made by 19th century silversmith Peter Bentzon is the one millionth object digitized by the Smithsonian’s Mass Digitization Program. There are 154 million objects in the many collections of the Smithsonian Institute, so just 153 million more to go. Peter Bentzon was born on the island of St Thomas in the Danish West [...]

Following the Money after the Phillips-Woodbridge Duel

As I prepared yesterday’s posting about the duel between Henry Phillips and Benjamin Woodbridge, I noticed there’s a considerable literature about it. Samuel G. Drake wrote about the event in 1856. The Massachusetts Historical Society heard a paper on the topic in 1861 and another in 1904. Show More Summary

Another Samnite tomb, skeletons, gold coins found in Pompeii

Last year, the international and interdisciplinary archaeological team from the Jean Bérard Center of Naples excavating the Porta Ercolano are outside Pompeii’s northwest gate made headlines when they discovered a rare intact 4th century B.C. Samnite tomb. Now the same team has found another Samnite tomb from the same period, plus the skeletal remains of [...]

The First Fatal Duel on Boston Common

In 1719 Massachusetts enacted a law against dueling, establishing the punishment as a fine of up to £100, imprisonment for up to six months, and/or corporal punishment “not extending to member or pillory.” (I think “member” refers to...Show More Summary

12th c. fortified town found under Illinois cornfield

Under a cornfield in Cass County, Illinois, near where the Sangamon River flows into the Illinois, are the remains of a bustling Native American town that thrived from the 12th century through the 15th. The town had a central plaza, surrounded by three platform mounds, houses and defensive walls 10 feet tall and more than [...]

“Revolutionary Saturdays” This Summer

Five National Park Service sites around Boston are inviting families to participate in “Revolutionary Saturdays” this summer. In particular, the parks invite fourth-graders to download a voucher from the “Every Kid in a Park” website to prepare for their visits, which are aimed to prepare them to study the American Revolution in school next year. Show More Summary

Exhibition marks 150th anniversary of Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London broke out in the wee hours of September 2nd, 1666, and raged for three days, leveling the old city within the Roman walls, a quarter of London, and destroying more than 13,000 homes, St Paul’s Cathedral, 87 parish churches, the Royal Exchange, Newgate prison and London Bridge. The Museum of [...]

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

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An Online Research Guide to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School

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Hannigan on Crispus Attucks, 23 June

Tonight the Framingham Historical Society will hold its annual meeting, approving officers and a budget for the coming months.Then they’ll hear from John Hannigan, doctoral candidate in history at Brandeis University, about one of the...Show More Summary

Virginia and Kentucky awarded Civil War battlefield grants

The National Park Service has just announced this year’s recipients  of the annual grants made under the American Battlefield Protection Program. Only three of the 12 grants went to Civil War battlefields. Nine others went to battlefields of other wars fought on U.S. soil. Those eligible for grants include federal, tribal, state and local governments, […]

Long head of Silla woman reconstructed from skull fragments

In late 2013, archaeologists excavating in advance of a driveway construction project near Gyeongju, a town in southeastern Korea that was the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, unearthed human skeletal remains. Found in a mokgwakmyo, a traditional wooden coffin, in a marshy area, the skeleton was complete and relatively well-preserved, albeit fragmented in places. [...]

Funds to save land at five Virginia battlefields sought

The Civil War Trust, which has funded and purchased 42,500 acres of battlefield land for preservation since its founding in 1999, has announced a new goal to raise $91,000 in matching funds to complete the purchase of 313 acres of Virginia land where five battles were fought. Those battles are Williamsburg  (three acres); Gaines’ Mill  […]

News from the Wright Tavern in Concord

Earlier this month the Concord Museum and the town’s First Parish announced an agreement for the museum to lease the historic Wright Tavern for three years. The tavern, located near the center of town, was the site of committee meetings...Show More Summary

La Belle restoration complete

After 17 years, restoration of the hull of La Belle, one of four ships that carried French explorer René-Robert de La Salle and 300 would-be colonists on his mission to the Gulf of Mexico, is finally complete. La Belle was a 54-foot frigate that could navigate open ocean but was had a shallow enough draft [...]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 06/21

William A. Link and James J. Broomall eds., Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). David Rieff, In Praise of Forgetting: […]

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Harms Everyone—Even Whites

Excerpted from The Color of Wealth by Rebecca Adamson, Rose Brewer, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Meizhu Lui, and Bárbara Robles. Published by the New Press. This article supplements Episode 2 of United States of Debt, our third Slate Academy. Show More Summary

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