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A Richmond editorial (1864) targets Lincoln’s Thanksgiving

As my previous Thanksgiving posts show, I’m always fascinated over how there is this back and forth between Virginia and Massachusetts when it comes to Thanksgiving. I’m sure this year will see the same old posts on Facebook, arguing that Berkeley Hundred was the actual “first” Thanksgiving. Of course, as I’ve pointed out before (2010), it’s […]

Donald Trump: Civil War Historian and Preservationist

I know some of you enjoyed a good laugh yesterday in response to a New York Times story about Donald Trump’s golf course in Virginia,…

An Adorable Apple Pie ABC for Hungry 19th-Century Children

Kate Greenaway, a British artist who specialized in extremely cute babies and young people, was a popular illustrator of children's books and magazine articles in the late nineteenth century. "By 1885," writes Richard Cavendish, "her...Show More Summary

Mapping Out a Map-Filled Visit to Boston

This weekend is your last chance to see the “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” exhibit at the Boston Public Library. And I heartily recommend doing so. Here’s my review of the show.The exhibit’s last day is Sunday, 29 November. Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/24/15

Use it in a sentence… — Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 24, 2015 @HellenicMuseum @DimitriNakassis @FieldMuseum but don't you dare take photos! — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 24, 2015...Show More Summary

Staedtler erasers help solve mystery of ultra-thin 13th c. parchment

For a short window of about 80 years in the 13th century, small, portable bibles were produced on a large scale to satisfy the needs of the growing mendicant friar community and university students. Both groups needed bibles that were lightweight and easy to transport, a far cry from the large, thick-paged, multi-volume bibles common [...]

Federalist No. 2

The Federalist was published in 1787–88 as part of the effort to secure ratification of the new Constitution drafted in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. The target audience was New York’s delegates, who were widely (and correctly) viewed as less than enthusiastic about the document. Show More Summary

St. Paul’s Episcopal Takes a Stand on Confederate History and Memory

St. Paul’s Episcopal in Richmond has announced that it will remove many of the objects that venerate the Confederacy, including specifically those items featuring the…

Masters of the Atlantic

This article is adapted from The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. It’s the time of year when Americans remember a gritty story of conquest and death by decking their houses in warm fall colors and loading their plates with fattening food. Show More Summary

What Sort of Gift Do You Get for a 250th Anniversary?

I’ve been promoting awareness of the Sestercentennial of the American Revolution, in part by describing what happened in the American colonies 250 years ago and in part by using the word “sestercentennial” a lot. On Monday, 30 November,...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem viii kalendas decembres

ante diem viii kalendas decembres 29/30 A.D. — partial solar eclipse in the eastern Mediterranean which is sometimes associated with the crucifixion 62 A.D. — death of the satirist Aulus Persius Flaccus (source?) 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Felicissimus and Firmina 1785 — birth of August Boeckh (one of those old time German philologists who live […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/23/15

Huge & exciting news for the History program a & the Arts Faculty — Louise A. Hitchcock (@ashlarblocks) November 23, 2015 Roman villa TWICE the size of Lullingstone's unearthed in Otford | Sevenoaks ChronicleShow More Summary

Pendant found in Bulgaria is among oldest known gold jewelry

Archaeologists excavating the Bronze Age site of Solnitsata near the northeastern Bulgarian town of Provadiya have discovered what may be some of the oldest known worked gold in Europe. It’s a small pendant made of two ounces of what archaeologists estimate is 24-carat gold although it hasn’t been assayed yet. It was found in a [...]

A DC Watercolorist's Beautiful Record of the Changing City in the '60s and '70s 

Lily Spandorf, an Austrian artist who emigrated to the United States in 1959, lived in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle and worked as a contributing artist for the Washington Star newspaper from 1960 to 1981. Some of Spandorf's art,Show More Summary

“We have now the Stamped Papers in our own Hands”

As related yesterday, on the evening of 5 Nov 1765, Lt. Gov. Cadwallader Colden handed New York’s supply of Stamp Act paper over to the city government.Colden reported:They were carried to the City Hall, and remained safe with a very triffling Guard indeed upon them. Show More Summary

Where in Africa? Maps

A gallery of maps showing where on the continent countries are.

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem ix kalendas decembres

ante diem ix kalendas decembres 534 B.C. — Thespis wins ‘best actor’ at the first City Dionysia (? I’m inferring from strange claims in Wikipedia here … it’s a slow TDIAH day) ca. 101 — martyrdom (?) of Clement I 1852 — birth of Charles Graux (French Classicist … see Melanges Graux for a biography) […]

Repititiationes ~ 11/22/15

A Don’s Life: A Museum of Socialist Art — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015 Laudator Temporis Acti: Beatus Vir — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 22, 2015Show More Summary

Historical archive found in Russian birds nests

Archaeologists have discovered an archive of 19th and early 20th century Russian history assembled by birds nesting in the attic of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Zvenigorod, a small medieval town 40 miles west of Moscow. Restorers have been working on the church, built in the early 15th century, since 2009, repairing the facade, [...]

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