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When Donald Trump Tried to Meet With a Russian Leader in the 1980s

In 1988, Trump invited Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to dinner at the Trump Tower

The FBI’s Fake Russian Agent Reveals His Secrets

In an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operations

A Pearl Harbor Disappearance May Finally Have Been Solved

Flight instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to history

Making the Case for the Next American Saint

Sister Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New Mexico

Looking at Brooklyn Then and Now

While speaking in Morristown last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Jason R. Wickersty, a National Park Service ranger.He just wrote an article about the Battle of Brooklyn for the latest issue of Hallowed Ground, the magazine of the...Show More Summary

Unique London museum restored to its former chaotic splendour

After a comprehensive restoration lasting seven years and costing £7million ($8,536,000), Sir John Soane’s Museum in London has returned to its founder’s original design. The Soane is a uniquely idiosyncratic museum founded by preeminent neoclassical architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837) in his home and office at No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. A self-made man, he [...]

There Was a Refugee Crisis on U.S. Soil. We Know It as the Civil War

The refugees were slaves who fled their masters’ estates to find refuge behind Union lines

Dedication of Dr. Joseph Warren Graveside Statue, 22 Oct.

On Saturday, 22 October, a local group of Freemasons will host a ceremony to dedicate a new statue of Dr. Joseph Warren at his latest gravesite in Forest Hills Cemetery.Those Freemasons, working with Warren descendants and the cemetery, commissioned the statue from Robert Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn. Show More Summary

700 7th c. drug bottles found in Turkey

Archaeologists have discovered a unique trove of ancient medicine bottles in the ancient Greek town of Bathonea, 10 miles west of Istanbul. Usually made of ceramic or glass, although there are a few high-end examples made of alabaster and silver, the small bottles known as unguentaria were used in antiquity to hold everything from perfume [...]

Sons of Confederate Veterans to Build a Museum to the Lost Cause

Over the weekend the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced that it will build a 17,000 square-foot museum to honor Confederate soldiers and the Confederate cause in Elm Springs, Tennessee, which…

The Richmond Dispatch’s first mention of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry

… didn’t appear until October 18, 1859… two days after the raid was initiated. For those who know the story, it’s also interesting to read the exaggerated numbers involved in the raid, and the reference to a “Captain Anderson” instead of John Brown. Filed under: Shenandoah Valley history, slavery, Uncategorized Tagged: Abolitionists, Harper's Ferry Raid, […]

“How the Cambridge Alarm Led to the Concord Fight,” in Cambridge, 20 Oct.

Last March I spoke at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site about “The End of Tory Row.” That talk was about that Cambridge neighborhood in the early 1770s, defined by one extended family of wealthy Anglican sugar-plantation owners. Show More Summary

Has the victim of 322-year-old royal intrigue been found?

A scandalous and deadly mystery may soon be solved thanks to the sciency magic of DNA. The setting: Leine Castle in Niedersachsen, Germany, the residence of the Hanoverian kings. The players: Sophia Dorothea, the wife of the future King George I of England, her lover, Count Philip Christoph von Königsmarck, her father-in-law, the Elector of [...]

A Wife at Risk - An Excerpt from "A Peerless Peer"

The wives of Spartiates had the responsibility for running their husband’s households and some estates were comparatively far from Sparta. As a result, women might be away from Sparta on their own for weeks or even months at a time.Show More Summary

Michelle Obama Was Right About the History of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Allegations against Donald Trump "[remind] us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers," the First Lady said on Thursday

John Adams Views Trumbull”s Painting of the Congress

In 1818 the Revolutionary War veteran and painter John Trumbull came to Boston to exhibit his depiction of the Continental Congress considering the Declaration of Independence.Josiah Quincy, son of the Patriot lawyer of the same name, was then between his terms in the U.S. Show More Summary

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