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Standing on the Shoulders of My Ancestors: My Journey through the National Museum of African American History and Culture

On opening day of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., I crossed the threshold of this …

African-American News

What Makes Today’s America Different From the Country That Incarcerated the Japanese?

A conversation with a historian about the slow creep of discrimination, from the U.S. government to church groups<p>When Donald Trump and other Republican legislators proposed a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States last November, many commentators turned to history. My colleague Matt Ford …

Politics

18th Century Books Stolen in the Late '50s Found in a Locked Wardrobe

The London Library is getting some long-overdue books back. Several of the library’s historic books dating back to the 18th century or older were …

18th century

Woman In Iconic 'Afghan Girl' Photo Deported Back To Afghanistan

The green-eyed Afghan woman who famously appeared on the cover of <i>National Geographic</i> is back in her native country after being deported from Pakistan, where she had resided for more than three decades.<p>Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani, welcomed the return of Sharbat Gula at a ceremony held at …

Afghanistan

Four of History’s Worst Political Predictions

How people got it wrong on Churchill, Roosevelt, and more.<p>It certainly has been a year of unpredictable elections.<p>This summer, the United Kingdom shocked the world with its vote to leave the European Union (aka “Brexit”). And on Tuesday, the United States elected Donald Trump as its president, …

Politics

Schindler’s Factory Will Be Restored Into a Holocaust Museum

A Czech foundation plans to restore the disused factory where German industrialist Oskar Schindler saved more than a thousand Jews, giving it new …

Holocaust

3,000-Year-Old Cooking Fail Found At A Danish Dig Site

Denmark currently holds the title of world's happiest country. But we could imagine at least one Norseman back in time who, after a failed cooking attempt, probably felt little of the famed Danish hygge.<p>In a hilly wetland north of Silkeborg, archaeologists have unearthed a wholly intact Bronze Age …

Cooking

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Hide caption<p>A yellowish brown photograph of Sgt. Hiram White. Sgt. White is wearing a buttoned-up jacket and a kepi in the portrait. He is leaning to his right and his kepi is on the left side of his head. His name is inscribed below the photograph on the same page.<p>PreviousNext<p>Collection of the …

World News

100 Years In The Making, Black History And Culture Museum Gets Ready For Reveal

When peals ring out from a 130-year-old church bell at the Sept. 24 dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, they will signal the end of a long journey.<p>The historic "Freedom Bell" usually hangs in Williamsburg, Va., in the tower of the First Baptist …

Culture

When Jewish Law Met Processed Food

The quest to keep kosher has shaped America’s grocery stores.<p>Roughly 2 percent of Americans are Jewish, and only a small fraction of them keep kosher. Yet between one-third and one-half of all packaged food in an American supermarket has a kosher label on it. How did kosher law become big business? …

Food

Rest in Peace, VCR

An elegy for the machine that let people travel through time—but only by a little<p>The video store, as it is nostalgically remembered, looks like a record shop, or a hookah parlor. Staffed by scruffy burners or neo-hippies who “really know their stuff,” splayed with shelves at all angles, plastered …

Dungeons and Dragons

The Lost 16th-Century Spanish Fort in South Carolina

Archaeologists used remote sensing technology to discover the structure within a Spanish colonial town, the remains of which sit beneath an old military golf course.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Using remote sensing technologies, U.S. archaeologists have unlocked a lost piece of early North American history—all …

American South

Slaves built the White House, say Obama and historians

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama declared at the Democratic National Convention that the White House she and President Barack Obama have lived in since 2009 was built by slaves.<p>Mrs. Obama is right, according to historians and authors who have studied the White House.<p>Slaves were used in …

The White House

Yale employee battling for job after smashing stained glass depicting slaves

School says Corey Menafee, a dishwasher in Calhoun College’s dining hall, resigned after incident but lawyer says there was agreement to give back his job<p>As an employee at Yale University’s Calhoun College, Corey Menafee was frustrated by a stained glass panel depicting slaves carrying bales of …

Napoleon Bonaparte's last horse restored to glory

Even in death, the magnificent Arabian stallion Napoleon Bonaparte rode into battle endured some narrow scrapes — and the ignominy of being smuggled into perfidious Albion to be put on display in Manchester.<p>Battered after two centuries of ups and downs, one of the emperor’s favourite horses is now …

History

Las Vegas collector stumbles on historic copy of Declaration of Independence

A Las Vegas collector is marking the Fourth of July with a rare find he stumbled upon--a copy of the Declaration of Independence produced in the 1830s.<p>An engraver made 201 facsimiles of the original Declaration of Independence in 1823 using a copper plate. Kevin Kostiner recently discovered that he …

'Look in your attics': global hunt for 100 missing Gottfried Lindauer paintings

New Zealand art gallery launches search to locate as many works as possible of portrait artist best known for painting Māori chiefs<p>People around the world have been urged to look under their beds and poke through their attics in the search for at least 100 missing paintings by the celebrated 19th …

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler …

Auschwitz SS trial: Will Hanning case be Germany’s last?

<b>To sit in the hushed makeshift courtroom where Reinhold Hanning is on trial is to watch Germany confront its past, face to face.</b><p>On Friday the court is expected to deliver its verdict on the former Auschwitz SS guard accused of complicity in the murder of at least 170,000 people.<p>It's hard to imagine …

Germany

The Quiet Majesty of America's Public Libraries

Photographs of nearly 700 libraries across 48 states show that we have more in common than not.<p>Public libraries in the U.S. are at a crossroads. On one hand, they remain beloved public resources. Seventy-six percent of Americans say their libraries serve the educational needs of their community …

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's beatification cause could soon be moving forward

Peoria, Ill., Jun 15, 2016 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The stalled beatification cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen could soon resume, thanks to a …

Petra, Jordan: Huge monument found 'hiding in plain sight'

<b>A huge monument has been discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan.</b><p>Archaeologists used satellite images, drone photography and ground surveys to locate the find, according to the study published in the American Schools of Oriental Research.<p>The large …

Indiana Jones

This Massive Disney Auction Has Pretty Much Everything

fullscreen<p>Depending on how you see it, it's either amazing or maddening to be a Disney collector. On one hand, you'll never run of out memorabilia to …

Jesus's tomb in Jerusalem undergoes restoration work

<b>A team of experts has begun restoring the ancient tomb in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was buried, in the first such works for 200 years.</b><p>The renovation in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre aims to reinforce and conserve the structure.<p>Rivalry between the three denominations that run the …

Restoration

Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig

Early writings found under office block being cleared for new Bloomberg HQ give glimpse of Roman London<p>Tertius the Brewer, Junius the Cooper and Julius Classicus – the up-and-coming military commander who would turn traitor against Rome a decade later – have sprung back to life from the first …

Dagger in Tutankhamun's tomb was made with iron from a meteorite

Researchers who analysed metal composition of dagger within wrapping of mummified teenage king say it ‘strongly suggests an extraterrestrial origin’<p>A dagger entombed with King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, a new analysis on the metal composition shows.<p>In 1925, archaeologist …

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Tom Licence has a Ph.D., and he's a garbage man.<p>When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of "garbology." While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff — ancient tombs, residences, bones — Licence looks at …

Victorian Era

The Opening of King Tut's Tomb, Shown in Stunning Colorized Photos (1923

Inquiring minds want to know, immediately and without any egghead qualifications: Does King Tut’s tomb have hidden rooms or does it not have hidden …

Culture

Polish push to remove Soviet monuments from public display

State-backed agency wants to take down memorials, tainted by Russian domineering after the second world war, and relocate them to ‘educational parks’<p>A Polish agency is campaigning to take monuments to the Soviet armed forces off the streets, dubbing them a bitter reminder of Moscow’s domination, …