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How to Lose Weight and Gain Power

From The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of a Castilian Culture, © 2008 by Jerrilynn D. Dodds, María Rosa Menocal, and Abigail Krasner Balbale.

Recluse At Court

From a chapter on art in the Yuan Dynasty, written by James Cahill in the NEH-supported 1997 reference work Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting (Yale University Press).

Mr. Manners

At George Washington’s request, Alexander Hamilton offers the newly elected president advice on proper etiquette in a letter dated May 5, 1789.

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman's illustration of 1912 presidential candidates

1912 Presidential Candidates

Cartoonist Clifford Berryman mocks the confidence level of the 1912 presidential candidates—Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and William Howard Taft—before the election.

Presidential Service

Benjamin Latrobe and his wife, Mary, helped newly inaugurated President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison furnish the White House.

No Failure of Substance

Roosevelt began inaugural day by attending a brief service at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

A Seat on the Isle, Please

From Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete, pages 4-5. Copyright © The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Plus Ça Change . . .

“Promises,” from The Exchange Artist by Jane Kamensky.

Yarrow Mamout

Third Time's the Charm

When Charles Willson Peale painted former enslaved African American and Georgetown resident Yarrow Mamout in 1819, he was interested in his storied longevity.

Sarah Bernhardt in <em>Le Baiser</em>

Le Baiser

Felix Nadar’s gelatin silver print on paper of Sarah Bernhardt in Le Baiser is among the holdings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.