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These WWI Ambulance Trains Could Care for 500 Men at Once

During World War I, the British converted a large number of commuter train cars into ambulance cars

History Communication in Action

Last week I responded to an op-ed written by Jason Steinhauer, who in recent years has been a passionate advocate for encouraging academic historians and others to embrace the role […]

Pietà by pioneer Netherlandish painter loaned to Rijskmuseum

Johan Maelwael, also known by the French version of his name Jean Malouel, was born in Nijmegen in around 1365. Nijmegen was part of the Duchy of Guelders then (now the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands) and had just joined the Hanseatic League in 1364. The prosperity that came with the increase in trade […]

The Surprisingly Peaceful History of Bastille Day Celebrations

The storming of the Bastille was violent but its first anniversary was just the opposite, as revolutionaries and royals celebrated together

Donald Trump Jr. and the History of Opposition Research From Foreign Sources

President Trump's son tweeted about how he wasn't the first to seek info on a campaign opponent. The history of such research is complicated

The Shame of Rikers

Last month, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio put forward a $30 million, 10-year plan to close down the city’s infamous prison facility at Rikers Island, a decision motivated in part by the tragic story of young Kalief Browder. Browder was 16 years old when he was pulled off the street and arrested on a charge of stealing a backpack. Show More Summary

The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial

In a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tone

U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawa

As U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-Take

John Pigeon’s Petulance and Property

I was tracing the political career of John Pigeon, a Boston merchant who retired to Newton a few years before the Revolution. In the early months of 1775 he went from clerk of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress’s committee of safety...Show More Summary

The American Health Care System Has Lots of Problems. Here’s When They Started

A historian of American health care argues that the problem of how to pay for American health care can be traced back to one moment in 1938

Who is Colonel Robert Gould Shaw?

The news coming out of the Massachusetts Historical Society here in Boston could not be more exciting. Yesterday the MHS announced that they are in possession of the sword that […]

Greek theaters had moveable stages on wheels

A paper about a new survey of the 4th century B.C. theater in Messene, Greece, reports that three lines carved in stone next to the stage were track lines used to wheel massive wooden set pieces into place. Researchers from Japan’s Kumamoto University studied the Greek Classical period theater’s stone lines and compared them to […]

Summer fly-by visit

On the return leg of an excursion north to visit family and friends, we made a stop at the Battlefield. It was a glorious day, as is so often the case there, and perfect for catching up on some of the changes at the Park.

The Senate’s August Recess Is Delayed. That Break Exists for a Reason

Mitch McConnell has delayed the Senate's August recess to focus on health care reform, but here's why Senators are used to a summer break

The Washington Football Team Can Legally Keep Its Racist Name. But It Shouldn’t

The director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and a citizen of the Pawnee Nation, speaks out against the D.C. sports franchise

Amelia Earhart Theory Challenged by Japanese History Enthusiast

There's evidence that a photo crucial to the theory was published two years before Earhart even went missing

‘I Felt Elated.’ Holocaust Survivors Make Gains in Latest Negotiations With German Government

After negotiations in early July, the German government and organizations representing survivors reached a new agreement on compensation

Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Map

A look at the houses and towns that shaped the life and writing of the famed author on the 200th anniversary of her death

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