Art and the Civil War: Oils & Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to see the exhibits “The Civil War and American Art” and the accompanying “Photography and the Civil War.”

The first is a major exhibition of about 60 paintings that show the period between 1852 and [...]

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Finding their voice: soldiers and civilians of WW2 era open up about their experiences

The greatest generation went to war, came home, raised families and got on with their lives. At least that’s the narrative we were taught and the narrative reinforced in books, movies and plays too numerous to count. But the truth is the greatest generation suffered from the traumas of war just as did soldiers before [...]

History Tour 2012

During the winter holiday we took a family trip, a historical jaunt really, to some of the places that gave rise to the United States we know today.

Fun fact: We crossed through 10 states in 8 days. Of course in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic that’s not hard given that one of the states – [...]

Thank You Neil Armstrong

It was an awesome day on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reached the Moon. My parents watched with bated breath as Armstrong stepped out on the lunar surface. I don’t remember a moment of it. That’s because I was only 10 days old. However, I know it was an [...]

Sea Stories: Hello Historical Gloucester

This weekend my family and I are heading to Gloucester, Massachusetts for a long weekend. It’s one of the oldest, if not the oldest, active fishing ports in the United States.

Sea serpent visits Gloucester according to sea lore.

One way to get to know a region is of course through its food; in [...]

Under the Sea: World War Two Story Needs to Surface

This weekend, April 14 – 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. A slew of books have been released in the months and weeks leading up to the historic date. There is of course the Bonham’s auction in New York City and James Cameron’s 3-D release of the movie “Titanic.” Amid all the [...]

Women who Worked it: Historically Speaking.

A statue of Sybil Ludington outside the Danbury Public Library in Danbury, CT

In honor of Women’s History Month I thought it would be fun to take a look at some women who really had it going on. This list of women is in keeping with my interest in lesser known stories and people. [...]

American military dogs

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wants to help military dogs. The first term Senator recently proposed a bill to help speed along adoptions of military dogs. Currently the Pentagon considers these dogs as “equipment” that necessitates those who wish to adopt the battle tested dogs to bear the cost of transporting the canines back to the [...]

The common cause of CARE packages: from WW2 to Afghanistan

Receipt for a 1945 CARE package.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Irene East and Ellen Maybee, two sisters who were removed from their home in Riga, Latvia in 1939 and sent to live in Gotenhafen. They survived the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff , separation from family, the [...]

“For the final time: wheels stop”

This week saw the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery after 30 years of service. After it returned from orbit it became the nation’s most flown spaceship.

When I was 10 my parents took me and my brothers to Cape Canaveral. I vividly remember seeing a gleaming space shuttle sitting on the tarmac. The [...]