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Three Civil War items listed in Virginia’s 20 top endangered artifacts

The public is invited to vote for the artifacts most deserving of conservation.

Human skeleton found at Antikythera shipwreck

Archaeologists diving the site of the Antikythera shipwreck in the Aegean Sea have discovered human skeletal remains. The Return to Antikythera team, which has been exploring the site since 2012, found the bones under a foot and a half of pottery fragments and sand on August 31st. They recovered the cranium, a partial jawbone with [...]

Roy Rowan, Foreign Correspondent, Editor and Author, Dies at 96

The life of one of the last American journalists to evacuate Saigon in April 1975, as remembered by two of his sons

“Spirit Rappings” in Port Republic

Not an OTD piece, today, but rather one which just caught my eye when looking for an OTD piece. While some might think it’s just a little early for ghost stories, this piece from the Jan. 21, 1854 issue of the Richmond Dispatch is still entertaining. Clearly, the author had a little fun, tying what was […]

The Sordid History of Mount Rushmore

The sculptor behind the American landmark had some unseemly ties to white supremacy groups

Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men?

The Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honor

Why We Still Don’t Know the Whole Pearl Harbor Story

Author Craig Nelson talks to TIME about his new book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness—and how that famous day remains a mystery

Clark-Pujara on the Slave Trade in Salem, 26 Sept.

On Monday, 26 February, the Salem State University History Department and Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host Christy Clark-Pujara speaking on “The Business of Slavery in Colonial and Revolutionary New England.” Clark-Pujara,...Show More Summary

The Founder of the Smithsonian Institution Figured Out How to Brew a Better Cup of Coffee

Almost two hundred years ago, James Smithson devised a method for better brewing. We recreated it.

Holocaust Survivor Experiences Her Own Rescue in Virtual Reality

Amélie Diamant-Holmstrom fled Europe in 1940 on a ship of young refugees. That journey is the subject of the Defying the Nazis VR experience

Ken Burns: Individuals Can Change History

His new film is also the inspiration for a project from LIFE VR

Ukraine returns five paintings stolen from Dutch museum

Five of the 24 paintings stolen from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, northwestern Netherlands, on January 10th, 2005, have been returned to the Netherlands by the Ukrainian authorities. How they ended up in Ukraine is unclear. Museum officials searched constantly for their purloined works — 17th and 18th century oil paintings by Dutch masters and [...]

Pipeline Protest Recalls Decades of Native American Environmental Concerns

A story that goes back to World War II provides one example of why indigenous populations may resist the exploitation of reservation land

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