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Steam retort

Canny Retort

In Baltimore, the museum of industry charms.

Book: <em>Wilsonian Moment</em>

They'll Always Have Paris

Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Raising expectations of emerging national leaders.

Franklin School

Capital Gains

Adolf Cluss lived through revolutionary times, first in his native Heilbronn in southwest Germany, where as a young man he got swept up in the popular uprisings of 1848, and then in Washington, D.C.,

Blast issue no. 1

Paging Modernism . . .

Dante Alighieri

Of Circles, Terraces, and Spheres

A little rusty on the Dante you read as an undergraduate? Like to brush up a bit on some points in the Inferno, like that “mal” something?

Image of cover of Cita Excelentissima

City Desk

Renaissance diarist Marin Sanudo’s political ambitions nearly truncated his accomplishment as a daily recorder of events in what was arguably the world’s most powerful and dynamic city of the day, Ven

Mogollon Rim

Them Is Fightin’ Words

Disputes in Mogollon Rim in late nineteenth century inspired stories by Zane Grey.

Image of Astrolabe, M-26, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL

History of Science at the Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium’s history of science collection is one of the world’s most important, and includes the astrolabe pictured here.

Image of Josef Albers

Intellectual Retreat

Educational experiment attracted artists, musicians, free spirits

Image of  stained glass window

Stained-Glass Heaven

The Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center in Portland has preserved hundreds of stained-glass windows from the mid to late nineteenth century, including work from the celebrated Po