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Will Richmond Follow New Orleans & Charlottesville?

A number of things happened today that has me thinking about Richmond, Virginia and the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments. First, I had a conversation with a reporter from The […]

Edward Hopper in Motion

It’s the 50th anniversary of Edward Hopper’s death today. To celebrate the realist painter’s oeuvre, Orbitz (yes, the discount travel site) has created animated versions of nine of his most recognizable and iconic works. I generally enjoy attempts to add dimension to stills or artworks, for instance the recent trend in documentaries to give a [...]

JFK's Presidency Was Custom Made for the Golden Age of Photojournalism

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum concentrates on the White House's most photogenic couple

The Real TIME Cover Behind That Fake ‘Ice Age’ Report

It's a doctored version of a cover from 2007. Here's the real story

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement

Soldiers came home from the Great War with a demand—full equality under the law

The Rittenhouse Orreries

On 5 May 1768, the Pennsylvania Gazette ran an article headlined, “A Description of a new ORRERY, planned, and now nearly finished, by Mr. DAVID RITTENHOUSE, of Norriton, in the County of Philadelphia.” An orrery was a machine that simulated the movements of the solar system through axles and gears. Show More Summary

A Persian Slave - An Excerpt from "A Heroic King"

The Persian civilization in the 6 th and 5 th century BC was extremely sophisticated and produced wonderful works of art and literature. Persia was also an aggressive power and crushed the Ionian revolt brutally. In the following excerpt, the impact of that defeat is illustrated through the eyes of a youth. Show More Summary

National Museums Scotland gets Galloway Hoard for £1.98 million

The Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR) has allocated the Galloway Viking Hoard to the National Museums Scotland (NMS) on the condition that they make an ex gratia payment of £1.98 million ($2,550,000) to the finder Derek McLennan who discovered the hoard in 2014. NMS has until November of this year to raise the sum. [...]

Views from the Longstreet Tower: May 2017

The Longstreet Observation Tower in 2008.This view was taken facing north at approximately 6:40 PM[...] The post Views from the Longstreet Tower: May 2017 appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“We were to go to Nova Scotia”

Atlantic Loyalist Connections just shared some anecdotes from the memories of Hannah Ingraham (1772-1869), who with her family moved from New York to New Brunswick, Canada. Ingraham’s reminiscence was first published by the Women’s Canadian Historical Society in 1912. Show More Summary

The Alt-Right Embraces Charlottesville’s Lee Monument

Yesterday a group of protesters gathered in my old home of Charlottesvile, Virginia to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument. The group was led by Richard Spencer, […]

Tomb with 17 mummies found in Minya, Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb containing at least 17 mummies near Minya, Upper Egypt. The tomb was found more than 25 feet under the village of Tuna al-Gabal where a number of necropolises have been unearthed containing the mummified remains of animals. This one contained some animal coffins (baboons) too, but the stand-out finds are [...]

17th CT Flagpole: But Wait, There’s More

The construction of Howard Avenue at Barlow’s Knoll. The man in the photograph is standing[...] The post 17th CT Flagpole: But Wait, There’s More appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

15 Historic Forts From India

Most of the forts in India are actually castles, fortified palaces or fortresses, but when the British Government in India were cataloguing the defences in the 17th–19th century, they used the word forts which became the common description across India.

Necropolis Containing 17 Mummies Discovered in Egypt

(MINYA, Egypt) — An Egyptian archaeological mission has found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, in the first such find in the area, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday. The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of…

Uniforms Less Than Uniform

Last year Prof. Ashli White of the University of Miami wrote on the Omohundro Institute’s blog about her research at the institute and nearby Colonial Williamsburg. As armies and navies were deployed throughout the Atlantic, they took...Show More Summary

Stone Wall Progress: West Confederate Avenue

The National Park Service has been constructing stone walls in Gettysburg National Military Park. Last[...] The post Stone Wall Progress: West Confederate Avenue appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Unknown Caxton leaf found in university archive

A two-sided page from a 15th century priest handbook printed by William Caxton has been discovered in archives of the University of Reading. Written in Medieval Latin, the leaf was part of a book called the Sarum Ordinal or Sarum Pye, a manual for priests on managing feast days for English saints during the ecclesiastical [...]

Guide to the classics: the Epic of Gilgamesh

“Forget death and seek life!” With these encouraging words, Gilgamesh, the star of the eponymous 4000-year-old epic poem, coins the world’s first heroic catchphrase.

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