The zither, commonly found in southern Germany and other parts of alpine Europe, produces the “oompahs” so typical of German folk music.
A segmented miner’s lunch pail from the nineteenth century was, above all, practical, with stacking compartments for stews, pie, cobbler, as well as a cup on top for coffee, which was heated over a ca
From The Most Disreputable Trade: Publishing the Classics of English Poetry 1765–1810 by Thomas F. Bonnell, published by Oxford University Press, 2008.
From The North American Journals of Prince Maximilian of Wied, Volume I, May 1832–April 1833, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 2008, in which the aristocratic naturalist and
In Ancient Rome and Modern America, NEH-funded scholar Margaret Malamud looks at the ways visions of the imperial city have been incorporated into everything from the Constitution to Caes
African-American news photographer “Teenie” Harris’s career at the Pittsburgh Courier spanned forty years, during which time he recorded daily life in Iron City’s many diverse neighborhoods.
This painted Comanche hide, which dates from the mid nineteenth century, served as a robe for a child.
An exquisitely fine pencil drawing hanging in a bedroom at Tudor Place in Georgetown in the nation’s capital has a tragic tale to tell that is lacking in some basic details.
Histories of bicycle racing often give in to hagiography, but historian Christopher S.
From Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science, Renée Bergland’s NEH-supported biography of one of America’s first professional astronomers.
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