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Uncovering Powhatan’s Empire

Excavations reveal the site where John Smith and Chief Powhatan first meet.

Firsthand Accounts

A Web site offers manuscripts, maps, and sketches from early Virginia.

Essay winner Elise Liu

Building the Bill of Rights

Federalists and and anti-federalists put aside their differences and agree on the First Amendment in this first-place entry in the 2006 Idea of America Essay Contest.

Percy Julian in a laboratory

Percy Julian

A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.

In Ellington’s Shadow: The Life of Billy Strayhorn

A new film examines the work of the composer of "Take the 'A' Train" and "Lush Life."

Dave Brubeck

DAVE BRUBECK: Ambassador of Cool

The master of West Coast jazz blends his music with his advocacy for human rights.

Denver Art Museum

A new building opens its doors at the Denver Art Museum.

A Patchwork of History

Eleven thousand quilts go online and offer clues about their creators.

Portrait of the Past

Newly discovered Maya murals reveal the civilization's sophistication.

Living Traditions

The stories of Appalachian artists, singers, and coal miners are recorded in nearly four decades of filmmaking.