|Hampton Court Palace Views will be Destroyed Under Development Plans, Court Hears|
October 29, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Andy Bloxham
The campaigners oppose plans passed by Elmbridge council to develop the site in west London, which is directly across the Thames from the 16th Century palace, which was built for Cardinal Wolsey and once belonged to Henry VIII.
Permission was granted to build a multi-storey hotel up to 76ft (23m) high, a large underground car park, 61-bed care home and further housing but the council was accused of misleading its members over objections from heritage organisations.
|Pocahontas' Wedding Site Found|
October 27, 2010, Discovery News by Liz Day
A team of archaeologists believe they may have finally discovered Pocahontas' wedding site, a mystery that has long vexed scholars.
Her matrimonial location may sound more modern than one would expect for a 1614 marriage between a 19-year-old daughter of an American Indian chief and her tobacco farmer husband.
|Founding Fathers on Facebook Hijacked by the Radical Right|
October 26, 2010, Southern Poverty Law Center by Robert Steinback
The Founding Fathers as white racist poster boys?
Do a Facebook page search of the name Thomas Jefferson, and the very first listing that will appear is Thomas Jefferson – American. You can click to join 11,753 people who “like” the page.
Well, congratulations. You just signed onto fan pages sponsored by the racist National Policy Institute (NPI), a think tank dedicated to the preservation of America as a nation of, for and dominated by white people. NPI has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group since publishing heir William H. Regnery founded it in 2005.
|National Museum of American History Acquires Rare 18th-century Silver Milk Pot Symbolic of Boston Tea Party|
October 26, 2010, Smithsonian National Museum of American History by Press Release
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently acquired at auction a rare 18th-century silver milk pot or creamer with engraved with symbols and an inscription that support the American colonists’ ongoing boycott of imported goods, especially tea, during the months following a 1773 Tea Act aimed at expanding the British East India Company’s monopoly. Domestic objects from this era that reflect political or economic sentiments are rare.
|RI to Vote on Dropping 'Plantations' From its Name|
October 26, 2010, The Associated Press by Eric Tucker
This state's official name — The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — is more than just a mouthful. To many, it evokes stinging reminders of Rhode Island's prime role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Voters next Tuesday will decide whether to change the name by dropping the words "and Providence Plantations." The issue has been debated for years, but lawmakers last year authorized a ballot question for the first time following an impassioned debate over race relations, ancestry and history.
|Pub Named After Pope John Paul II Opens in 17th Century Roman Crypt|
October 25, 2010, Punjab Star News (India) by Staff
A 17th century crypt in Rome has been converted into a pub by the Roman Catholic Church in an attempt to draw young Italians away from British-style binge-drinking. The bar, named GP II after the Italian initials for John Paul II, offers beer and wine at much cheaper prices than neighboring pubs and bars, but frowns on drunkenness.
|Columbus Cleared of Importing Syphilis From America after Skeletons from Two Centuries Earlier Show Signs of Disease|
October 25, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Niall Firth
Christopher Columbus and his crew have long been blamed for syphilis back from the Americas to Europe after their historic first voyage.
In 1493 they returned to Spain bringing news of lands across the Atlantic and the first cases of the potentially deadly disease thanks to their exploits abroad, it was believed.
|Berthing of Mayflower Replica in Plymouth 'Not a Problem'|
October 25, 2010, The Plymouth Herald (UK) by Staff
BERTHING a replica of the historic Mayflower ship in Plymouth would "not be a problem" – according to the man spearheading the idea.
Adrian Bishop, a former professional sailor and keen historian, hosted a meeting of interested parties earlier this week at the National Marine Aquarium.
During the meeting, Mr Bishop announced detailed plans of his ambition to create a Mayflower III before the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the Pilgrim Fathers' journey to America.
|Acid Gargles, Amputations Aboard 19th-Century Navy Sailing Ship|
October 25, 2010, CNN by George Webster
A young girl sick with a seven-foot intestinal worm, men struck dead by bolts of lightning and a child so transfigured by illness that nurses said she'd been "substituted by the fairies."
These are just a few of the bizarre and exotic episodes revealed by more than 1,000 British Royal Navy Medical Officer journals -- compiled between 1793 and 1880 -- that have been made accessible to the public following a two-year cataloguing project by Britain's National Archives.
|Archeologist Present as Oil Spill Boom Brings up 19th Century Anchor|
October 25, 2010, Alabama Live by Renee Busby
...An archaeologist at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Preserve, Wilson was working a two-week stint at the BP Joint Command Center during the oil spill crisis helping protect historical sites in the Gulf of Mexico and on beaches. As an archaeologist with some expertise in Civil War relics, he wanted to see the anchor.
Maritime archaeologists, he said, determined it was a 19th century folding stock anchor that probably predated the Civil War.
|Edinburgh's Oldest Statue Removed for Conservation Work|
October 24, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
Cracks have appeared on the 325-year-old Charles II, thought to be the work of the Dutch sculptor Grinling Gibbons.
The monument, which is made of lead, depicts the King of England, Scotland and Ireland as a Roman general.
|Revolutionary War Hero's Descendant Gives Him Final Send-off|
October 24, 2010, The Florida Times-Union by Terry Dickson
Lt. Col. John McIntosh was laid in his final resting place Saturday as hundreds looked on.
At least they hope it was his final resting place.
By some reckonings, he has had two others. The first when the Revolutionary War hero died in 1826 and then another, perhaps when hurricane flooding washed his coffin out of the ground. The latter is historians' best guess. It is known that a cast iron Fisk Coffin fell into the marsh in December 2006. The Fisk Coffin wasn't invented until 1848, a few years before the six known hurricanes of the 1850s passed by, said Missy Brandt, who chairs the McIntosh County Historic Preservation Commission and coordinator of Saturday's reburial ceremony.
|Bloody History of the 1641 Rebellion is Published Online|
October 23, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
Testimonies from thousands of eye-witnesses to one of the most significant events in Irish history have been transcribed and made available for free online.
The three-year project, led by researchers at the Universities of University of Cambridge and The University of Aberdeen and Trinity College Dublin, involved transcribing all 19,000 pages of the original depositions, many of which are almost illegible.
|Academic: Jane Austen had Helping Hand from Editor|
October 23, 2010, The Associated Press by Jill Lawless
She's renowned for her precise, exquisite prose, but new research shows Jane Austen was a poor speller and erratic grammarian who got a big helping hand from her editor.
Oxford University English professor Kathryn Sutherland studied 1,100 handwritten pages of unpublished work from the author of incisive social comedies such as "Pride and Prejudice." She said Saturday that they contradicted the claim by Austen's brother Henry that "everything came finished from her pen."
|Where Pocahontas Said, 'I Do'|
October 23, 2010, The Wall Street Journal by Kelly Crow
Her life has been celebrated in song, story and a Disney cartoon, but no one knew where Pocahontas tied the knot with a tobacco farmer—until now.
Archaeologist Bill Kelso and his team were digging this summer in a previously unexplored section of the fort at Jamestown, Va., the country's oldest permanent English colony, when they uncovered a series of deep holes. They believe the holes once anchored heavy, timber columns supporting the fort's first church, known to have been built in 1608 and the place where Pocahontas got married in 1614.
|Lyttelton Restores Historic Cottage|
October 23, 2010, ONE News (NZ) by Staff
...The cottage was undergoing renovations when the 7.1 earthquake struck on September 4 and came through it unscathed.
Made of rimu wood 160 years ago, its one of the few original homes still standing, built by one of Canterbury's founding fathers.
|In 1776, Why Didn't Soldiers Use Bows and Arrows Instead of Muskets?|
October 22, 2010, The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams
I watched a rerun of The Patriot over the weekend and was once again reminded of how absurd the "volley trading" European style of warfare was (at least to me). From what I understand, even the best-trained troops of the era could squeeze off only three or four inaccurate shots a minute. Given that the opposing armies were standing within 100 yards of each other and wore no protective armor, why didn't they use archers? I'd think even a novice archer could fire off 10 to 15 arrows for every one gunshot from the enemy. Am I oversimplifying this?
|A Murder in Salem|
October 22, 2010, Smithsonian Magazine by E.J. Wagner
On the evening of April 6, 1830, the light of a full moon stole through the windows of 128 Essex Street, one of the grandest houses in Salem, Massachusetts. Graced with a beautifully balanced red brick facade, a portico with white Corinthian columns and a roof balustrade carved of wood, the three-story edifice, built in 1804, was a symbol of prosperous and proper New England domesticity. It was owned by Capt. Joseph White, who had made his fortune as a shipmaster and trader.
A childless widower, White, then 82, lived with his niece, Mary Beckford (“a fine looking woman of forty or forty-five,” according to a contemporary account), who served as his housekeeper; Lydia Kimball, a domestic servant; and Benjamin White, a distant relative who worked as the house handyman. Beckford’s daughter, also named Mary, had once been part of the household, but three years earlier she had married young Joseph Jenkins Knapp Jr., known as Joe, and now lived with him on a farm seven miles away in Wenham. Knapp was previously the master of a sailing vessel White owned.
|Coca-Cola Pulls Plug on Malvern, the Queen's Favourite Mineral Water|
October 22, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Andy Dolan
...Queen Elizabeth I first sampled Malvern’s waters in the 16th century and, 300 years later, Queen Victoria refused to travel anywhere without it.
The current Queen is said to take it with her when she travels abroad.
The town grew in the Victorian era as visitors came to benefit from the supposed healing properties of the water. The first water cure establishment in Great Malvern opened in 1842.
|CW Acquires 18th Century British Flag|
October 22, 2010, The Virginia Gazette by Staff
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has acquired a British military flag that served as the King’s Color for the 96th Regiment of Foot during the era of the French & Indian War.
Measuring 5 1/2 feet by 6 1/2 feet, the silk standard is constructed of 12 white, 8 blue and 3 red pieces, forming a Union flag of the type in use 1707-1800. The center of the flag is embroidered with a Union wreath of roses and thistles, signifying the union of England and Scotland, and enclosing the title REGT over the Roman numerals XCVI.
|National Archives to Put the Founders Papers Online|
October 22, 2010, The National Coalition for History by Staff
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, has announced a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia (UVA) Press to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.
|River Raisin National Battlefield in Monroe, Michigan, Established as 393rd National Park|
October 22, 2010, National Park Service Press Release by Staff
River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Michigan, was officially announced as the 393rd park in the National Park System. The War of 1812 battlefield was set aside by Congress with legislation (P.L. 111-11) signed by President Obama on March 30, 2009.
|Historians Think They've Found Peter Britt's Cabin|
October 21, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
If this were a murder mystery, it would be the smoking gun that solved the case.
The bowl from a smoker's clay pipe, believed to be from the early 1850s and found during an archaeological dig at the Britt Gardens, has helped reveal the exact location of the cabin pioneer photographer Peter Britt built late in 1852.
|Did Your Ancestor Fight at Saratoga? You can Check|
October 21, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in one of history's most important battles can now find their American ancestors in a computer database, and some day they might be guided by GPS to the exact spots where their relatives faced musket fire, cannon barrages and bayonet charges.
History buffs spent 12 years gleaning information from 200-year-old military documents to assemble the list of thousands who participated in the Battles of Saratoga. The database, recently unveiled at Saratoga National Historical Park, contains the names of about 15,000 of the more than 17,000 soldiers of the Continental Army and various state militias who defeated the British here in 1777.
|Windows Shut, Hawa Mahal Loses its Beauty|
October 21, 2010, The Times of India by Anindo Dey
The breeze that soughed across the Palace of Wind doesn't 'sing' anymore.
Call it a callous step taken as part of the ongoing renovation work at this 18th century monument or a deliberate move to ensure safety of tourists and the monument, but the nearly 365 windows of the Hawa Mahal have been shut by the department of tourism.