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Lifeguard offers a swimming lesson, 1951, photograph by Teenie Harris

Teenie Harris Image Collection

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.

Painted Comanche hide, from the mid nineteenth century

Comanche Robe

This painted Comanche hide, which dates from the mid nineteenth century, served as a robe for a child.

William Orton Williams

Curiously Reckless Rebels

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.

François Faber

Velo News

Histories of bicycle racing often give in to hagiography, but historian Christopher S.

Father Secchi's Dim View

From Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science, Renée Bergland’s NEH-supported biography of one of America’s first professional astronomers.

John Wanamaker Monorail

John Wanamaker Monorail

Shouldn’t these tiny travelers be beaming?

The White Pelican

The White Pelican

Laurent Verdin Sr. of Crooked Bayou Blue spent a lifetime carving the birds of his native Louisiana. Most of the thousands he made were functional duck decoys for hunters.

Letters Home

From Charles Darwin: The Beagle Letters, a volume by the editors of the Charles Darwin Correspondence Project, which has been supported by NEH.

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).