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How Untrained Canadian Conscripts Fought and Died in the Defense of Hong Kong

The 1941 Battle of Hong Kong saw Canadian troops enter World War II for the first time. Despite their lack of training, they put up a valiant defense

Centuries-old Buddha ermerges from reservoir

The head of a monumental Buddha statue has emerged from a reservoir in eastern China’s Jiangxi Province. When a hydropower gate renovation project dropped the water levels in Hongmen Reservoir 10 meters (33 feet) last month, local villages spotted the head in an alcove carved into the cliff face. A team of underwater archaeologists were [...]

Reconstruction Era National Monument a Reality

By now most of you know that just a few days ago President Obama designated Beaufort, South Carolina as the Reconstruction Era National Monument. A community of historians and politicians […]

Pendant Found at Nazi Camp Site May Have Link to Anne Frank

Researchers believe keepsake may have belonged to a young Jewish girl named Karoline Cohn

Sylvanus Johnson in the Woods

As described yesterday, in 1754, at the age of six or seven Sylvanus Johnson was taken prisoner by Native Americans, probably Wabanaki, from Fort No. 4 in New Hampshire. (The image here, a detail from the photograph by Ann M. LittleShow More Summary

Looking for the Stranger

The post Looking for the Stranger appeared first on Wonders & Marvels.

Virginia Flaggers Outflanked and Annihilated

From all of the reports, photographs, and videos that I have seen it looks like the Virginia Flaggers and Sons of Confederate Veterans were upstaged by CARE this weekend in […]

Pendant of teen girl possibly linked to Anne Frank found at Sobibor

Archaeologists have discovered a rare and poignant pendant that belonged to a teen girl with a possible connection to Anne Frank in an excavation of the site of the Sobibor death camp. The camp, which was razed to the ground by the Nazis after a daring uprising in October 1943 which saw half the prisoners [...]

Is Trump a president with precedents? Would you rather Brexit, or Mr. Brexit?

Those of you fortunate enough to be able to pick up BBC Radio 4 on your wireless sets may wish to tune in after your lunches this week of the Trump inauguration, at 13:45 for fifteen minutes each weekday,1 to hear Trump: The Presidential Precedents, a programme hosted by UCL historian and 2015 Broadcaster of […]

Pleasures - An Excerpt from "A Peerless Peer"

An Athenian symposium was a very different place from a Spartan syssitia. Undoubtedly, many symposia were venues for philosophical discourse and political intrigue. Many more were simply orgies of excess in both sex and wine. A Spartan...Show More Summary

Sylvanus Johnson “returned from captivity”

A few years ago, Ann M. Little shared this analysis of a passage, and an event, from A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. [Susanna] Johnson, Containing an Account of her Four Years of Suffering with the Indians and French:First published...Show More Summary

Roman chariot model reveals trick of the racing trade

A study of a bronze model of a Roman racing chariot dating to the 1st-2nd c. A.D. has revealed new information on how the vehicles were built. The model, recovered from the Tiber in the 1890s, is now in the collection of the British Museum. It is a biga, a two-horse chariot, although one of [...]

Princeton in the Snow

I did some public history work last weekend: read in some books, participated in a meeting about this year’s Boston Massacre, drafted some Boston 1775 postings while sitting out the snow.But I sure didn’t do what a bunch of dedicated reenactors and living historians did in central New Jersey. Show More Summary

Virginia Flaggers Bring Heritage of Hate to Lexington

The annual parade in Lexington, Virginia celebrating Lee-Jackson Day is going to look very different today. That’s because the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp and the Virginia Flaggers were […]

A Dutch girl at breakfast joins Vermeer’s Milkmaid

Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789) was a Swiss-French artist of Huguenot extraction who is best known today for his very fine pastels. Trained as a miniaturist in Geneva and portrait painter in Paris, Liotard preferred medium was pastel on paper. They make up the overwhelming majority of his surviving work, 540 individual pieces, as opposed to only [...]

As Show’s Collections Go to Archive, Mad Men Head of Research Shares Her Process

"Born decades later, I felt like I was able to experience the event as it unfolded"

The fake news that sealed the fate of Antony and Cleopatra

The papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political divide in the US has been filling the world with lies in order to discredit the other. We used to call this propaganda; now it’s fake news.

Second season of ‘Mercy Street’ inspires new tours, events in Alexandria

Alexandria, Va., has long been a tourist destination because of its large historic district and lively restaurant and bar scene. Now, it also features a new assortment of Civil War tours, events and museum exhibits based on the second season of “Mercy Street” beginning Jan. 22. Although the PBS original series wasn’t filmed in Alexandria, […]

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