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'One man every year': Old-timers reunion recalls Svalbard's deadly, roguish daysnew

To an ordinary tourist it’s a rusting mine cart with an odd driver’s “seat” at the rear. But for Terje Nūbdal, 59, it marks the spot where a colleague was killed in an accident 34 years ago.
Icepeople  |  Mark Sabbatini  |  02-26-2016  |  History

'Hawaii's Wounded Knee': Remembering the Olowalu Massacrenew

In late January 1790, an American sea captain slaughtered more than a hundred Hawaiians there in a massacre that though largely forgotten today, was every bit as horrific as Wounded Knee.
Maui Time  |  Anthony Pignataro  |  01-22-2016  |  History

People of the Moundsnew

If your description of Native Americans includes "primitive" or "savages," listening to retired archeologist and Jackson resident Sam Brookes will blow your mind.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  10-03-2014  |  History

Celebrating a piece of American historynew

This year, the Worcester Organ celebrates its 150 anniversary since its first installation at Mechanics Hall. In celebration of this event, 2014 has been dubbed the Year of the Organ, with several organ concerts being held throughout the year in conjunction with the organ’s $85,000 refurbishment in 2013. The Worcester Organ, also known as the Hook Organ, was first installed in 1864 by brothers Elias and George Hook, who arrived in Boston shortly before being hired. It is a 52-stop, 3,504-pipe tracker organ, meaning that the keys and valves are connected mechanically, rather than electrically, similar to how a manual typewriter’s keys are linked. The organ is notable for being the largest and oldest four-keyboard tracker organ in the Western Hemisphere that still remains at its installation site.
Worcester Magazine  |  Chelsey Pan  |  05-15-2014  |  History

A century ago this week, Southern Colorado was at warnew

The Ludlow Massacre is an event sacred in labor history... and our own.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Robert Meyerowitz  |  04-16-2014  |  History

Stories of the Great Migration to Oaklandnew

A storytelling event at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park uncovers the history of African-American migration to Oakland.
East Bay Express  |  Zaineb Mohammed  |  03-24-2014  |  History

Cabinet of Wondersnew

The Tsars—to say nothing of many of their successors—often got away with murder. The tables decidedly turned, however, when the last of them, Nicholas II, was executed, along with his family, though their legacy and the aura surrounding it live on. “The Tsars’ Cabinet,” an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, and Nicholas Nicholson’s opening night talk, “Jewels of the Romanovs,” provide rare opportunities to glimpse this era and learn more about the lives and lifestyle of this ultimately ill-fated clan.
Worcester Magazine  |  Laurence Levey  |  03-20-2014  |  History

Worcester's best kept secret: The American Antiquarian Societynew

The American Antiquarian Society, situated on the corner of Park Ave. and Salisbury Street in Worcester, Mass., houses much of the documented early history of the United States — in fact, six out of 10 paper items printed in the country’s first 100 years can be found in its enormous collection that includes letters, booklets and pamphlets by our founding fathers.
Worcester Magazine  |  Brian Goslow  |  01-31-2014  |  History

The Long Division of Jonestown Survivorsnew

Thirty-five years after the horrific mass suicide in Guyana, former Peoples Temple members and relatives of the deceased are conflicted on the best way to honor the dead at the East Oakland gravesite.
East Bay Express  |  Sam Levin  |  11-15-2013  |  History

Imagine: John Lennon on Long Islandnew

A little-known tale about the Beatle's adventures along the North Shore and its influence on Double Fantasy.
Long Island Press  |  Christopher Twarowski  |  10-05-2013  |  History

Who owns MLK's legacy?new

The King family 'cannot litigate how people choose to be inspired by him'
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andra Gillespie  |  09-11-2013  |  History

Why Charleston's Streets Floodnew

History teaches important lessons, not the least of which is the lesson of where not to drive downtown on a rainy day. The high ground of the peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper rivers that was first settled in the 17th century has been expanded by the filling of creeks and marshes.
Charleston City Paper  |  Evan R. Thompson  |  08-22-2013  |  History

The comic book that changed the worldnew

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story's vital role in the Civil Rights Movement.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andrew Aydin  |  08-01-2013  |  History

Tom Paine, American Radicalnew

Alaine Lowell lived through the revolutionary ’60s — a young woman born of the counterculture and intent on experiencing the time-honored odyssey of finding one’s self.
Random Lengths News  |  Lionel Rolfe  |  07-09-2013  |  History

Honest Abe's family tree, reconsiderednew

Indiana State Museum's 'The Lincolns' uses a variety of artifacts to nuance our understanding of figures like Mary Todd (raised, it would seem, by an evil stepmother).
NUVO  |  Rita Kohn  |  02-15-2013  |  History

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