Category Archives: History

A service for the end of World War I

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. The Veterans Day memorial service for WWI Armistice Day Centennial was held at the Washington National Cathedral started with the boom of drums that … Continue reading

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At the Freer Gallery, a seminar on looting of cultural heritage

If you think museums are just homes for great art, think again. The art, academic and museum worlds have combined forces into activism against theft. They have to since the illegal sale of cultural heritages has become endemic. It is … Continue reading

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A to-be-read book, ‘Darjeeling,’ turns out to be so worth it

Too often books languish in a pile named, “I’ll get to it soon.” That’s what happened to Jeff Koehler’s “Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea” which has been gathering dust for roughly three years. … Continue reading

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Ikats! Ubiquitous but unknown

The next time you hit Crate and Barrel, or Target, take note of the ikat designs everywhere. If you don’t know what ikats are, go down to Washington’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art for the new exhibit, “To Dye … Continue reading

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Intense and Powerful – ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

The Zookeeper’s Wife isn’t an easy movie to enjoy, but it’s so worthwhile to see. SPOILERS Continue reading

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April 1917 the U.S. enters WWI

2017  is a commerative year. A century ago the U.S. entered “The War To End All Wars” on April 6, 1917. A hundred years later it’s a mostly forgotten war. While the United States World War One Centennial Commission was established … Continue reading

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A century ago aviator Norman Prince died in WWI

Now he’s being remembered for his life, patriotic deeds and the manner of his passing. Prince is credited with creating the famed Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American volunteer flyers who were part of of the French Air Service during … Continue reading

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