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  • A Stitch in Time: Replicating the Star-Spangled Banner
    By Diana Geis
    Last Edited on 8/30/2013
    In early July of 1813, Mary Pickersgill signed the contract and began creating the flag that would be raised over Fort McHenry and inspire Francis Scott Key to compose the words to our national anthem, ...more
  • 20th Century Dinner Table Talk: The Big Three Newsweeklies
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/21/2013
    How do we decide what to talk about around the dinner table, when we are not discussing the details of our personal lives? Although the number of newspapers with original national and international news ...more
  • Muckrakers in the Stacks
    By Lisa Greenhouse
    Last Edited on 6/7/2013
    When we think of famous investigative journalists, writers such as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who investigated the Watergate Scandal, might come to mind. Or we might remember that Seymour Hersh uncovered ...more
  • The Art of War: Sketching the Conflict between the States, 1861-1865
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/31/2013
    It’s difficult to think about Civil War imagery without referencing Matthew Brady, the oft-cited photographer who, with the help of numerous paid assistants and portable darkrooms, produced some of the ...more
  • What My Grandmother Couldn't Tell Me: Missing Pieces of the Past
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 5/17/2013
    As a child, I spent many afternoons poring over my grandmother’s photos, the majority of which were stored in albums. However, the oldest images—black-and-white or sepia-toned pictures in various stages ...more
  • Hobo Signs & Traveling the Meandering Path
    By Brian Manning
    Last Edited on 3/11/2013
    I am not too sure of when I had my first taste of wanderlust, but I can recall reading Jack London and Jack Kerouac during my formative years, and feeling the itch for the open road. Either way, here I ...more
  • Creative Solutions: Superman's Reader's Advisory
    By Super Tom Warner
    Posted on 3/5/2013
    Skimming Larry Tye’s new biography Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (Random House, 2012), I came across a quote that lauded the Pratt Library for its foresight in championing ...more
  • History: Jane Austen in Bath
    By Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 2/14/2013
    Family lore holds that Jane Austen learned of her parents’ decision to leave their home and move to Bath with this abrupt announcement. Since Jane Austen set two of her novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) ...more
  • Here We Come A-What-Ing? Unveiling Wassailing for the Holidays
    By: Claire Wang
    Last Edited on 12/21/2012
    Confession: When I first heard the traditional holiday song "Here We Come A-Wassailing," the first stanza sounded a lot to me like "here we come a-waffling among the leaves so green." In my defense, I ...more

 

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