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Who Will Stand Up For Confederate Heritage in Union Springs?

Last week in Union Springs, Alabama former State Senator and County Commissioner Myron Penn brought his family to a local Confederate cemetery and removed small…

Picasso curtain unfurled at NY Historical Society

On Sunday, May 17th, Le Tricorne, the 19-by-20-foot theatrical curtain painted by Pablo Picasso in 1919 was unfurled at its new permanent home, the New-York Historical Society. It’s the culmination of a long battle between the New York Landmarks Conservancy which has owned of the curtain since 2005 but does not own the landmark Mies [...]

George Takei helps save internment camp artifacts

Thanks to the efforts of George Takei, his legion of fans and thousands of people around the round, a collection of 450 artifacts from Japanese American internment camps have been saved from the auction block and acquired by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles. The collection had been consigned to the Rago [...]

Sunday – More Computer Work

So today was another day of computer work. I have to admit that I did more non-Polis computer work than notebook transcribing. I did do some, but in short periods. I tended to wander off to CNN and my email. … Continue reading ?

How Hutchinson Learned Latin and French

This is Thomas Hutchinson writing in the third person about himself as a young man:When he left College [1727] he went into his father's counting house, and became a Merchant Apprentice, from 17 years to 21. He saw how much he had neglected...Show More Summary

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 05/17

Update: As of today I have 8 copies of my Crater book available at the heavily discounted price of $25 (includes shipping). Click here for…

Saturday at Work

Today was a quiet, but busy Saturday. The morning was spent transcribing field notebooks from past years’ excavations. The goal of the transcribing is to put the notebooks into a form that is more linearly organized, and that is easily … Continue reading ?

“Ellis’s strategy of building his narrative around four exemplary men”

Back in July 2013 I discussed historian Joseph J. Ellis’s focus on, in his words, “the most prominent members of the political leadership during this formative phase” of the nation, as opposed to the larger mass of less wealthy, privileged,...Show More Summary

Early Canadian canal lock unearthed in Dartmouth

Archaeologists in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, have unearthed a section of the town’s old canal system under the corner of Prince Albert Road and Pleasant Street. Lock 3 is a microcosm of the canal’s construction history, with parts dating to the 1820s and the late 1850s, early 1860s. The Dartmouth locks were part of the Shubenacadie [...]

Luminous Lantern Slides of Blackfeet Tipis on the Prairies of Montana in the Early 20th Century

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This group of lantern slides by photographer Walter McClintock depicts Blackfeet tipis in Montana, between 1896 and 1914. Show More Summary

When a Reader Contacts My School

This morning I was informed that a reader of this blog had written a letter addressed to the headmaster of of my school. The reader…

Studying American Slavery at Brown and Columbia

On Thursday, 21 May, the the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University will open a new exhibit titled “A Peculiar Aesthetic: Representation and Images of Slavery.”The event announcement says:Racial slavery remains one of the most vexed issues in American and New World history. Show More Summary

Museum acquires Empress Sisi’s silk ankle boots

A pair of white silk ankle boots worn by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi, was acquired at auction by the Sisi Museum in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. Bidding at the auction, held by the Dorotheum auction house in Vienna on May 7th, 2015, was so fierce that the shoes, estimated to sell [...]

The Mysteries of the Masons

To this day, nobody knows the true fate of Capt. William Morgan. A failed businessman and citizen of generally low repute, Morgan was abducted from his home, in the town of Batavia, New York, in the early morning of Sept. 11, 1826. He soon found himself in a Canandaigua jail cell, about 50 miles away, imprisoned for a debt of $2.65. Show More Summary

Plagiarism Discovered in Two Disunion Articles by the Same Author

My students are in the middle of their research projects and tomorrow I am going to talk with them about plagiarism and have them look…

Pottery and More Pottery

So, since thousands of you have been emailing me to learn more about the high profile career of a ceramicist on Cyprus, allow me to give you a backstage tour of my day. First, we visit the Polis Museum to … Continue reading ?

Battle of Philippeville, 20 August 1955

The Battle of Philippeville was the first major engagement of the Algerian War of Independence.

Ptolemy's Catalog of the Stars

Observations of stars, planets and constellations were made by scholars of Ancient Egypt -- and they were so precise that they remained state of the art for two millennia.

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