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Weather Report for 4 December 1775

Last month Timothy Abbott shared on Facebook a glimpse of life in the British camp on Bunker’s Hill in late 1775. After the battle of 17 June, the British army had fortified those heights, securing the whole Charlestown peninsula from...Show More Summary

Stolen Dachau “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate found in Norway

The wrought iron gate with the slogan “Arbeit macht frei” stolen from the entrance to the Dachau Concentration Camp on the night of November 1-2, 2014, has been found in Norway. After receiving an anonymous tip, police found the gate in a parking lot near a shooting range in Ytre Arna outside Bergen. It was [...]

Hancock Avenue Gate Update

The Hancock Avenue Gate, which is being constructed by the National Park Service, is an[...] The post Hancock Avenue Gate Update appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Decline of Civil War Round Tables

My good friend John Hennessy posted some thoughts earlier today about his recent experiences presenting in front of Civil War Round Tables. While John references the decline in membership and […]

New Education Center at the Paul Revere House

Years back, I gave a teachers’ workshop at the Paul Revere House in the North End. It took place upstairs in the neighboring Pierce-Hichborn house.As I recall, we had about two dozen people crowded into a small, irregularly shaped room with sloping ceilings. Show More Summary

David Blight, Frederick Douglass, and the 2016 Election

Some of you may know that David Blight is close to completing a biography of Frederick Douglass that is slated for publication late next year. This talk on Douglass at […]

When to Rename a Building, and Why

On Friday, a Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming, convened earlier this semester at Yale University, issued its final report. This group was not charged with deciding whether or not to rename Calhoun College, the residential unit christened in 1933 in honor of the influential pro-slavery politician John C. Show More Summary

Trash-bound 17th century map restored at National Library of Scotland

Conservators at the National Library of Scotland have rescued a rare 17th century wall map from the verge of destruction. Ages ago, the map was balled up and stuck in the chimney of a house in Aberdeenshire to block drafts. It was discovered when the home was renovated and someone had the foresight to save [...]

Behind the 1947 Law That Could Block Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense Pick

James "Mad Dog" Mattis has been out of the military for three years, but the law requires seven. The reason dates back to World War II

Virginia conservation group agrees to buy site of Malvern Hill battle

The Capital Region Land Conservancy of Virginia has agreed to pay $6.5 million for the 875-acre Malvern Hill Farm, site of some of the fiercest fighting during the final battle of the Seven Days Battles of 1862. Plans are to preserve the bucolic parcel that still closely resembles its Civil War appearance. The Battle of Malvern […]

Putting Down Rebels

The first ten issues of the Rebels comic book have been collected in a single volume from Dark Horse. The series was conceived and scripted by Brian Wood on the model of his Northlanders series about Vikings: a variety of stories—different characters, different points of view, different lengths—all drawn one from extended historical conflict. Show More Summary

Queen Nefertari’s legs likely identified

A pair of dismembered mummy legs found in Queen Nefertari’s tomb (QV66) in the Valley of the Queens likely belonged to the queen herself, new research indicates. Nefertari was the second and favorite Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (r. 1279-1213 B.C.). Ramesses the Great so loved Nefertari that he built a temple to [...]

AASLH Reconsiders Confederate Memorials and Monuments

The next issue of the AASLH‘s quarterly magazine, History News, will focus on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments and memorials. The organization has focused a good deal of attention […]

The Best Books About Food of 2016

Looking for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spot

The Electricity Lobby Was Behind the First National Christmas Tree Lighting

Here's who persuaded Calvin Coolidge to start what would become an annual tradition

Sparta and the Divine Twins

The ancient Greeks had many gods, demigods, and heroes. The sheer numbers are confusing and the fact that the same god could go by different names or be assigned different attributes in different cities makes the study of ancient Greek religion particularly complex. Show More Summary

The History Behind the Remembering Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Experience

"We’re still living under the shadow of Pearl Harbor," historian Craig Nelson says

Meet the 103-Year-Old Veteran Behind Remembering Pearl Harbor

Lt. Jim Downing's recollections of Dec. 7, 1941, are brought to life in a new virtual-reality experience from LIFE VR

John McMurtry: “He did not know it was loaded”

On 1 Dec 1775, Pvt. Aaron Wright, stationed in Cambridge, wrote in his diary about a fellow rifleman:John M’Murtry, in Capt. [James] Chambers’ company, killed John Penn, by his rifle going off, when, he says, he did not know it was loaded. Show More Summary

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