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A Shopping Extravaganza
Discover who built what some folks consider the most elaborately decorated, soaring indoor shopping space of the nineteenth century.
"A Serious Joke:"
Britain and Iceland Go to War
British fish and chips are delicious but are they a reason to go to war? Discover the origins of this little-known conflict with high stakes.
Charles of Anjou and the Nazis
Laura Morreale explores the connection between a 13th century Italian monarch and the Nazi war machine.
“Exponents of a Higher Civilization:”
The Chinese Educational Mission
Find out why the Chinese government was prepared to send young boys to the United States for training.
Security and Peace: Brookeville in 1814
Join Catherine LaVoie as she explores the planning behind this "romantic" refuge that provided safety for a nation's leader in 1814.
Capturing the Perfect Image
Thomas French pulls back the curtains of the darkroom to explore the emergence of photography.
Join Thomas French here to discover more about the varied careers of early photographers!
Slave Rebellions: The Role of the Supernatural
From Rome to Haiti to New York, all slave owners feared rebellion. Discover how rebel leaders used magic to persuade slaves to rebel.
In the Defense of Honor: The Rise and Fall of Dueling in America
Join Carrie Stemke to discover the history of the long-held tradition of dueling and what ultimately caused it to fall out of favor.
Out for a Drive: Motoring Clothes
For a brief period, drivers and passengers wore special clothing for "motoring." Discover the history behind the dusters, veils, and goggles from the early days of cars and car culture.
Sheena Morrison takes to the streets to discover how and why early twentieth-century American children were seen as criminals in the making because of the games they played.
And you thought Bill Nye the Science Guy was unique? Mike Lynn introduces you to some of the most creative scientists of the eighteenth century.
Come Hunt the Wren!
Discover what you need to do on the day after Christmas.
The Ancient Art of Skiing
Who invented the art of skiing? The Norwegians assert that they were first to ski, but the Chinese have a surprisingly strong claim to the sport.
Short on Curiosity: The Story of Bjorn Herjolfsson
Was this "promising young man" the first European to see North America?
Find out what the Norse sagas tell us about Viking voyages to North America hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus set sail.
A Thousand Words
While the technology behind Instagram may be new, the idea of sharing images among many people is not.
Discover how societies have used images to influence social behavior.
Executions, the Guillotine and the French Revolution
Michael L. Lynne reflects on how the guillotine emerged as one of the defining and most enduring symbols of the Revolution.
The Uline Arena
The Uline Arena in Washington, DC was not only ground zero for the British invasion, it was also the scene of early civil rights struggles in America.
Valentine's Day Postcards and the New Woman
In the early 1900s Valentine's Day messages took on a very different tone. Join Daniel Gifford to learn why giving a valentine may have been an act of war.
A Peaceful Quaker Refuge During War
A small town embodied many of the aspects of a rapidly industrializing nation.
Explore the history and architecture of Brookeville, Md with Catherine LaVoie.
3-D: A Decidedly Victorian Innovation
Discover the origins of three dimensional imaging with Thomas French.
The City of Salonica:
A True Crossroad
Join Victoria Lord as she explores the polyglot past of this "second" city.
The Mae West Incident: Radio Censorship in the 1930s
Mae West's scandalous radio appearance in 1937 led to calls for increased censorship, but what did Americans really think about the incident?
History on the Go
Discover how a historian's search for coffee led to a new way to provide Americans with information about historic sites.
The Cost of Freedom
Alex Lovett explores the high cost of freedom for American slaves who were forced to choose between slavery in America and freedom in Liberia in one of our most popular articles from 2013.
Light in Darkness: Medieval Christmas
Join us as we travel back to the Middle Ages to discover the birth of some of the traditions we celebrate today on December 25th.
London's Frost Fairs: Carnival on Ice
When the Thames froze over, Londoners turned out in droves. Discover how a winter hardship became a carnival.
Built for Speed
Find out how New Yorkers met their need for speed with the construction of the Harlem River Speedway.
Reporting on Health Care: American Popular Magazines
The 1950s were a time of change and progress in medicine. How were these advances presented to the general public by consumer magazines?
Stephanie Stegman takes you into the 1950s world of LIFE and Time.
World AIDS Day
Why on earth would people create a special day for a disease that has killed millions?
Join Victoria Harden as she discusses the story behind World AIDS day.
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