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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, […]

See Martin Luther King Jr.’s Roots With These King Family Photos

The publication of a new edition of Martin Luther King Sr.'s memoir offers a chance to look inside the King family album

The Little-Remembered Ally Who Helped America Win the Revolution

Bernardo de Galvez’s involvement may not have been altruistic, but his contributions made a difference nonetheless

A Distant View of Roxbury During the Siege

Here’s an image from the siege of Boston preserved in the collections of the Library of Congress.It’s a drawing labeled “View of Roxbury from the advanced guard house at the lines.” Probably created by a British army officer, it shows what the regulars looking down Boston Neck saw. Show More Summary

Blindfolding Babies in the Name of Social Good

The post Blindfolding Babies in the Name of Social Good appeared first on Wonders & Marvels.

Rialto Bridge fully restored after 425 years

The Rialto is by far the oldest and most famous of the four bridges that span the Grand Canal of Venice. Until the 19th century, it was the only bridge across the canal. The first iteration was built out of wood in 1255. The two sides of the bridge inclined upwards towards a central platform [...]

Document Claims Russia Has Donald Trump ‘Kompromat.’ What Is That?

Unsubstantiated claims that Russia has collected damaging material about Trump have made the term newsworthy once again

How the First American Woman to Be a Political Journalist Got Her Start

In the 19th century, embittered and politicized by her struggle for property of her own, she began to build up her writing career

"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?"

In January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy

How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public

A fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public

How John Howland Fetched Water “with two pails and a hoop”

In April 1770, at age thirteen, John Howland sailed from Newport to Providence to become an apprentice to barber Benjamin Gladding.Apprentices, especially those who had barely begun their training, were required to do household chores. Show More Summary

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