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The U.S. Grant of Social Commentary

I got a kick out of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Twitter profile page.

American Civil War Museum Taking Shape

We now have an artist’s rendering of what the new American Civil War Museum will look like along the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The new building is the culmination of the recent merger between the Museum of the Confederacy and American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The new two-story building will have 39,818... Continue reading

Podcast ~ Drunk Archaeology: Trafficking Culture: Looting/Illicit Trade

The official description: YAY! Here’s the second episode of the Drunk Archaeology podcast! In this 65-min program, Donna Yates of anonymousswisscollector.com, Meg Lambert of traffickingculture.org, and Sarah Parcak of the Laboratory for Global Observation talk about looting and the illicit trade of antiquities. Show More Summary

Is this to-be-auctioned Inscription to Vitiris Known?

Before I get the blogosphere posts up, I need to ask about an eBay auction that distracted me last night. It concerns this stone: The text reads: DEO SAN CTO VITIRI LVNARIS VL VSLM As of today, it’s an ebay listing at: Ancient Roman Stone Votive Altar For The God Vitris – 3rd Century AD […]

Looking for Samuel Adams’s Family

I’ve been writing about Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams, a well-known character in Boston who died in 1855. He was honored as a suvivor of the Revolution, and he owned a red and white striped flag that he said had been flown from a pole on Essex...Show More Summary

First Roman wood toilet seat found at Vindolanda

There are many surviving examples of Roman latrines with their characteristic marble bench seating dotted with keyhole-shaped openings. The seats weren’t always stone, however. There were wooden toilet seats as well, but the organic material decays leaving behind only the stone or brick structure. Now archaeologists have unearthed the first Roman toilet seat made of [...]

Virginia Flaggers Interpret Image of Silas and Andrew Chandler

[This posting was no doubt prompted by the news that the famous image of Andrew and Silas has been donated to the Library of Congress.] And once again we are reminded that it’s about heritage, not history. You would think that “restoring the honor” would at least involve honoring what we now know about this... Continue reading

Samuel Adams on Samuel Adams

Yesterday I mentioned James Spear Loring’s Hundred Boston Orators, an oft-reprinted collection of profiles of prominent Bostonians from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As his biographical subjects Loring chose the...Show More Summary

The Leftist Take-Over of College Board

Conservatives such as Stanley Kurtz can’t seem to say enough about the recent revisions made to College Board’s AP US History Curriculum. These changes will go into effect for this school year. Kurtz and others believe that the new curriculum reflects a dangerous turn to the left, though in the entire article the author fails... Continue reading

Wooden Toilet Seat from Vindolanda

From a Vindolanda Trust press release: Finding something that you can relate to is always a special moment on an archaeological dig. At Vindolanda this is a common occurrence, a site where the special qualities lie not only in the discovery of gold and silver or artefacts which relate to the military might of the […]

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v kalendas septembres

ante diem v kalendas septembres rites in honour of Sol and Luna near the Circus Maximus 29 B.C. dedication of the ara Victoriae in the Curia 430 A.D. — death of St. Augustine 1797 — birth of Karl Otfried Muller (Classical scholar and archaeologist)

Vast archive of pre-war European Jewish life digitized

Photographer Roman Vishniac’s vast archive documenting Jewish life in Eastern Europe before and after World War II is being digitized and made available to the public. The joint project of the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has already scanned almost 9,000 negatives [...]

“Rat-trap Adams’s argumentation”

(I keep finding mid-nineteenth-century stuff about Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams, putting off my promised discussion of his youth in the Revolutionary period. But I’ll get to that topic eventually.) In changing their form of government from a town to a city in 1822, Bostonians deprived political orators without office like Samuel Adams of a forum. Show More Summary

Alonzo Cushing, Harry Reese and the Issue over Medals of Honor. . .

Lt. Alonzo Cushing News broke last night that Lt. Alonzo Cushing will receive a Medal of Honor and the reaction from those in the Civil War community has thus far been overwhelmingly positive. "At long last," "finally," "it's about time"...these are just some of the common statements I have seen from bloggers and facebookers. Show More Summary

Camp Security saved, excavations begin

The only Revolutionary War POW camp to survive in undeveloped condition has been saved for posterity thanks to donations from the public. When I first wrote about Camp Security last April, the 47-acre plot in Springettsbury Township, Pennsylvania, between the city of York and the Susquehanna River, was in danger of being sold. More than [...]

Alonzo Cushing and the Medal of Honor

The soldier in the image is Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who is set to receive a Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014, 151+ years after his death at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Of the following facts, there is no dispute or doubt: Alonzo Cushing was a brave and very capable young soldier who died as a hero. Show More Summary

5K run to be held at Lincoln’s summer home

President Abraham Lincoln spent three of his presidential summers at what is now known as President Lincoln’s Cottage  on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington. The picturesque 250-acre grounds, which are rarely open to the public, will be used by runners participating in a 5K cross-country run on Sept. Show More Summary

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Confederate Heritage Version

You had to know that at some point we would see an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video that included a Confederate flag. This is pretty much what I envisioned. Enjoy [Uploaded to YouTube on August 26, 2014]

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