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Dinner with the Old Colony Club in 1769

The Old Colony Club started as a group of seven young gentlemen from Plymouth. They formed their club in January 1769, and on 22 December of that year had a dinner to commemorate the landing of the first British settlers in what was then the Plymouth Colony but was subsumed into Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Lost songs of Holocaust survivors found

Lost recordings made just after World War II of Holocaust survivors singing songs have been rediscovered at the University of Akron. These recordings were part of a project by Dr. David Boder, a Latvian Jewish psychologist who had settled in the United States in the 1920s and quickly made a name for himself in academia [...]

The Byzantine Empire 518-610

The title of my last post included dates representing the time interval for the setup of the eastern empire and its separation from the west. Telling the story of the Byzantine Empire is such a large project, it demands that we divide it up into time intervals and focus on the highlights within each of them. Show More Summary

“Building Old Cambridge” in Harvard Square, 7 Feb.

On Tuesday, 7 February, the Cambridge Historical Society will present the authors of Building Old Cambridge: Architecture and Development, Susan E. Maycock and Charles M. Sullivan, speaking at the Harvard Coop. This book is published by the Cambridge Historical Commission and the M.I.T. Show More Summary

New Hotel on Steinwehr Avenue Opening this Spring

From left to right: In the background, the Taneytown Road entrance to the Soldiers National[...] The post New Hotel on Steinwehr Avenue Opening this Spring appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Large Roman mosaic floor found in Leicester

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have discovered a large Roman mosaic pavement at a construction site in Leicester. The property on the corner of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way has been excavated since November and already archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Roman street, two other buildings and an elegant [...]

“Instructions for my Son George”

Among the documents made public in the Georgian Papers Programme is a little booklet, bound with red string, titled “Instructions for my Son George, drawn by my-Self, for His good, that of my Familys, and for that of His People, according...Show More Summary

Alternative History in Donald Trump’s America

This past week I published two essays at The Daily Beast. The first focused on President Trump’s confusing and self-serving address marking the beginning of Black History Month. “Donald Trump […]

18th c. pagoda clock automaton enchants at auction

An exquisite 18th century English-made automaton musical clock in the shape of a multi-tiered pagoda sold for just shy of a million dollars ($998,250) at Fontaine’s in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last month. Magnificent English made bronze pagoda form automaton table clock, sits on a large black wood base with an engraved chessboard pattern brass top. 5 [...]

What’s Next for Steve Bannon and the Crisis in American Life

A historian follows up whether a theory favored by Steve Bannon can provide a hint at what may come next for Donald Trump and the U.S.

Not Who We Are

The Statue of Liberty’s long career as a beacon to the oppressed began in 1882 with refugees whose religion some Americans feared. The czar was cracking down on Jews, and tens of thousands of people fled across Europe, many reaching the East Coast of the United States. Show More Summary

What History Can Tell Us About the Fallout From Restricting Immigration

"U.S. immigration policies are inextricably linked to American foreign relations"

The Surprising Things You Can Learn From Super Bowl Ads

By now, Budweiser ads have become Super Bowl mainstays, but the company’s 2017 big game commercial has still made news: The minute-long spot “Born the Hard Way,” made for Sunday’s match-up between the Patriots and the Falcons, tells the story of how the German-born co-founder of Anheuser-Busch immigrated to St. Louis in 1857 to start…

This Is What Happened Last Time a Cabinet Nomination Was Rejected

Only nine nominees in presidential-cabinet history have been denied confirmation, and only one in recent history

Ten Fun Facts About the Original Patriots

The football team may only have a 57-year history, but its mascot stretches back to the country's foundation

“World Turned Upside Down” in Warwick, 5 Feb.

On Sunday, 5 February, the CaptainCon gathering in Warwick, Rhode Island, will host a playing of “The World Turned Upside Down: An American Revolution Megagame.” Okay, I just learned about this, so I’m relying on the game website for this information: The World Turned Upside Down is a new megagame about the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Five for Friday: The Last Day of Leda Grey

The post Five for Friday: The Last Day of Leda Grey appeared first on Wonders & Marvels.

Ashmolean secures Alfred the Great hoard

The Ashmolean Museum has raised the £1.35 million ($1.7 million) needed to acquire the Watlington Hoard. Discovered on October 7th, 2015, by retired advertising executive and metal detector hobbyist James Mather in Watlington, Oxfordshire, the mixed hoard of Saxon coins and Viking jewelry and ingots is modest in size but grand in historical significance. James [...]

During World War II, the U.S. Saw Italian-Americans as a Threat to Homeland Security

The executive order that forced Japanese-Americans from their homes also put immigrants from Italy under the watchful eye of the government

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