|GOPer Runyan Lists Dred Scott as Recent SCOTUS Decision He Disagrees With|
October 20, 2010, Talking Points Memo by Eric Kleefeld
Video - Jon Runyan, a former pro football player and now the Republican nominee against freshman Rep. John Adler (D-NJ), has added his voice to the recent constitutional jurisprudence of GOP candidates -- listing the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court decision as a recent case that he disagreed with.
|Opening Events forThe Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Held in Two States|
October 19, 2010, National Parks Traveler by Jim Burnett
In 1838, the United States government forcibly removed more than 16,000 Cherokee Indian people from their homelands in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia, and sent them to Indian Territory—a place we now call Oklahoma. Both the route they followed and the experience itself are known as the Trail of Tears, and they are commemorated by The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
The Trail covers thousands of miles of land and water routes in parts of nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee) and "was designated to preserve the story, the routes, and support the associated sites that commemorate the Cherokees' forced migration." Much of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail is on waterways. People were moved onto boats and traveled along the Mississippi River, and then disembarked and walked.
|Sir Christopher Wren: The Architect Who Rebuilt London|
October 19, 2010, About.com by Jackie Craven
After the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren designed new churches and supervised the reconstruction of some of London's most important buildings.
...Tombstone Epitaph (translated from Latin): "Underneath lies buried Christopher Wren, the builder of this church and city; who lived beyond the age of ninety years, not for himself, but for the public good. If you seek his memorial, look about you."
|Dig Offers Peep at Long-Gone Brothels|
October 18, 2010, The Boston Globe by Brian MacQuarrie
A North End privy sealed for more than a century has yielded thousands of artifacts that are giving archeologists an unprecedented look at how the world’s oldest profession was practiced by improper Bostonians of the 19th century.
...And in the South End, she said, the streets echoed with the sounds of hundreds of “nightbirds,’’ streetwalkers who called to passing men from doorways. In 1851, authorities reported that 227 houses of prostitution were operating in Boston.
|Seems Everybody's on the Hunt for the USS Bonhomme Richard|
October 18, 2010, The Washington Post by Annys Shin
Captain Ahab had Moby Dick. Bob Neyland's white whale is the Bonhomme Richard.
For decades, thrillseekers, archeologists and professional treasure hunters have searched for the wreckage of the USS Bonhomme Richard, a Continental Navy ship captained by John Paul Jones during the Revolutionary War that sank on Sept. 25, 1779, off the coast of Yorkshire, England, in the choppy waters of the North Sea.
|Erotic Secrets of Lord Byron's Tomb|
October 16, 2010, The Charles Fort Institute by Mike Dash
It was hot and dusty in the crypt, and it had been hard work breaking into it. Now the vicar had gone, along with his invited guests, to take high tea. The churchwarden and two workmen armed with spades were left to wait for their return, loitering by the grave they had come to examine – the tomb of Lord Byron the poet.
...George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824) was born in London, the grandson of a legendary admiral popularly known as 'Foulweather Jack', and the son of a Royal Navy captain (and chronic debtor) known even more evocatively as 'Mad Jack' Byron. His distant ancestors had been gifted possession of Newstead Abbey, in Nottinghamshire, for services rendered to Henry VIII at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries – which, at least in part, explains the poet's posthumous residence in Hucknall – and despite the disadvantage of being born with a club foot, and the death of his feckless father when he was aged just four, the future poet enjoyed a privileged upbringing. He was schooled at Harrow and at Trinity College, Cambridge (where, famously, he kept a tame bear as a pet). After going down he became renowned, in almost equal measure, for his extraordinary poetry – Childe Harold made his name, and Don Juan practically ruined it – his scandalous affairs with a succession of unsuitable women, and his ever-mounting debts. So notorious did these actions make him that it has been suggested that Byron was the world's first celebrity, in the modern meaning of the term – an 1820s bad boy with all the dangerous charisma and the smouldering sexuality of the louchest modern rock star.
|Sneak Peek at Shipwreck Artifacts for 2011 Display|
October 15, 2010, WITN (NC) by April Davis
More artifacts from the shipwreck of what's believed to be Blackbeard the pirate's flagship are now on land and WITN got a sneak peek Friday.
Underwater archaeologists from the Queen Anne's Revenge's shipwreck project team spoke Friday about their dive season which began in late September and the major artifact exhibit slated to open next year.
|Campaign Launched to Build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine|
October 14, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Murray Wardrop
The Analytical Engine – conceived in 1837 – remains one of the greatest inventions that never was as Babbage died before he could see out its construction.
However, John Graham-Cumming, a programmer and science blogger, now hopes to realise Babbage’s vision by raising £400,000 to build the giant brass and iron contraption.
|Barack Obama and Sarah Palin 'are Distant Cousins'|
October 13, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
Barack Obama and Sarah Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor, John Smith, a 17th century pastor, according to genealogists.
Ancestry.com found that the two politicians, who could face each other in the 2012 race for the White House, are both related to Mr Smith, a Protestant pastor who was an early settler in Massachusetts.
|Bloody Gourd May Contain Beheaded King’s DNA|
October 13, 2010, Wired Magazine by Dave Mosher
Sick of taxes, a lack of rights and living in poverty, French revolutionists condemned Louis XVI to the guillotine on the morning of January 21, 1793. After a short but defiant speech and a menacing drum roll, one of the last kings of France lost his head as a crowd rushed the scaffold to dip handkerchiefs into his blood as mementos.
Or so the story goes.
|Grant Allows U.Va. Press to Make Founders' Documents Available Free Online|
October 12, 2010, The News Leader (VA) by Staff
Letters, military strategies, meeting notes, journals and other historical documents from the Founding Fathers that illustrate the building of the United States of America more than 200 years ago will be made available to the general public for free, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the University of Virginia Press and the National Archives.
The agreement will create a new website to provide free access to the fully annotated published papers of key figures in the nation's Founding Era. The project is designed to include the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin.
|Time is Running Out for Historic House in Central Pa.|
October 12, 2010, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) by Len Barcousky
Options are shrinking and time is running out for a small citizens group seeking to keep the historic Justice William Smith House intact and in Mercersburg.
Bids to demolish -- or possibly relocate -- the building will be opened Oct. 28.
|Scotland’s Priciest Home Is Cheaper After Second Cut|
October 12, 2010, BusinessWeek by Peter Woodifield
Scotland’s most expensive house for sale, an 18th-century mansion with 85 rooms, had its price slashed for the second time this year as the global economic slump curbs the enthusiasm of millionaire buyers.
The owner of Yester House, 23 miles east of Edinburgh, cut the asking price to 8 million pounds ($12.7 million) after failing to attract offers at 12 million pounds. Italian-American opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s adopted son originally put it on the market for 15 million pounds in August 2008, the month before Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy.
|$300m 'Michelangelo Painting' Found Behind Sofa|
October 11, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Allen
A dusty old painting stored behind a family sofa could be a Michelangelo worth up to $300 million (£190 million) and potentially one of the art finds of the century, according to an expert.
According to Mr Forcellino's investigation, a letter in the Vatican library points to the painting having been done by Michelangelo for his friend Vittoria Colonna in around 1545, nearly half a century after the young artist sculpted the Pieta.
The painting later belonged to a German baroness who left it to a lady-in-waiting, who was the sister-in-law of Mr Kober's great-grandfather. It arrived in America in 1883.
|Mona Lisa's Remains 'Lie in Florence Rubbish Tip'|
October 11, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Squires
Lisa Gherardini died in Florence in 1542 and was buried in the grounds of Sant'Orsola convent.
Over the centuries the Franciscan convent was used as a tobacco factory and a university teaching facility but in the 1980s a redevelopment was launched to convert it into a barracks for Italy's tax police, the Guardia di Finanza.
The developers had no knowledge that it was the final resting place of da Vinci's famous model – that was only discovered in 2007 – and during work to build an underground car park, the convent's foundations were excavated, along with the crumbling remains of graves and tombs.
|Oklahoma Postpones Teach-Through-Rap Program That Refers to Founding Fathers as 'Old Dead White Men'|
October 08, 2010, FOXNews by Diane Macedo
The Oklahoma City public school district is taking a second look at a plan to teach at-risk students using rap and hip-hop after receiving complaints over one lesson referring to the Founding Fathers as "old dead white men."
The program, known as Flocabulary, is an educational tool that uses rap and hip-hop music to help students learn and memorize basic principles of vocabulary, reading, writing, social studies, math and science. The district was authorized to spend $97,000 in federal funds on the program and has already spent $10,000, NewsOK.com reported.
|Lives of Historic Highland Gentlewomen Explored|
October 08, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
The lives of women in Highlands high society in the 18th and 19th centuries are to be explored in a lecture by historian Dr Stana Nenadic.
Her talk, in Dornoch, draws on research of letters, memoirs and poetry written by the wives and daughters of lairds and noblemen.
|First Photograph of a Human Being|
October 08, 2010, The Hokumburg Goombah (blog) by Gig Thurmond
This is a Daguerreotype taken by the inventor of the process, Louis Daguerre, in 1838. It is a view of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. To achieve this image (one of his earliest attempts), he exposed a chemically treated metal plate for ten minutes. Others were walking or riding in carriages down that busy street that day, but because they moved, they didn't show up. Only this guy stood still long enough—maybe to have his boots shined—to leave an image.
|Shining New Light on Life Before Revolution|
October 07, 2010, The Boston Globe by Bob Clark
Stored and forgotten for decades, artifacts from the site of Lexington’s historic Hancock-Clarke House will soon offer a rare glimpse into family life in the early 18th century.
“It’s a really outstanding collection,’’ said Christa Beranek, a research archeologist who is helping to organize an exhibition of the items for three successive Sundays starting Oct. 17 at Lexington’s Buckman Tavern. “I have not seen another like it from rural Massachusetts in this period.’’
|Lost Vivaldi Flute Concerto Found in Edinburgh Archive|
October 07, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
A lost flute concerto by the composer Vivaldi has been discovered at the National Archives of Scotland.
Il Gran Mogol, which belonged to a quartet of lost concertos, has been authenticated as the work of the 18th Century Italian composer.
|Spanish Navy finds 100 Shipwrecks in Hunt for Treasure|
October 07, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
Two minesweepers and other vessels, on a mission to protect the country's historical heritage from private salvagers, located the sites in Atlantic waters off the southwestern city of Cadiz as part of a campaign that began Sept. 8 and is due to last two months, the Culture Ministry said.
Spain wants to avoid a repeat of a saga that began in 2007 when Tampa, a Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration, found a sunken Spanish galleon and salvaged from it an estimated $500 million in silver coins and other artifacts.
October 07, 2010, Archaeological Institute of America by Samir S. Patel
The sediment and water appear to swirl in different directions and my eyes struggle to focus. I’m not deep, just 12 feet below the surface of Pensacola Bay, but visibility is zero. A brief twinge of panic seizes me. A hand grabs mine and guides it to a hard patch in the soft sand. Floating words appear: “We are at the stern.” The hand then pulls me shoulder-deep into a hole. More words: “Sternpost.” A moment later, there’s no more hand. I scan the gray-green haze for bubbles but see nothing. Following procedure, I wait 30 seconds and surface. My guide, University of West Florida (UWF) archaeologist John Bratten, bobs just 10 feet away, an underwater writing slate in hand. We drift back to the dive platform, a custom-built barge where a group of UWF graduate and undergraduate students tend to gear, take notes in yellow field books, and help each other in and out of the water. They’re excavating the wreck of a ship from the 1559 colonization fleet led by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano, a Spanish nobleman possessed of more ambition than luck.
|You Asked, We Answer: Is the Star-Spangled Banner a Poem or a Song?|
October 07, 2010, National Museum of American History by Megan Smith
Many visitors have noticed that in our exhibition and on the website, we refer to the words of the Star-Spangled Banner as a song, not a poem. This is a change from what many people learned in school—that Francis Scott Key was moved to write a poem, and the words were eventually set to a tune. So why do we call Key’s words a song?
|Spanish Armada Sets Sail to Claim Deep-Sea Treasure|
October 06, 2010, The Guardian (UK) by Giles Tremlett
Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to seek out hundreds of shipwrecks in an attempt to head off a US marine exploration firm accused of plundering Spanish property from the seabed.
Over the past month, more than 100 suspected shipwrecks have been located by the Spanish navy in the Gulf of Cádiz, considered one of the world's richest hunting grounds for underwater treasure. br>
Dozens of Spanish galleons returning from the colonies in South America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are believed to have sunk in waters around Cádiz.
|Unearthed Presidio Tunnel Is a Monument to Failure|
October 06, 2010, NBC by Joe Rosato Jr.
Eric Blind sat up to his ankles in mud. With a brush, he scraped away at a structure of 157-year-old brick, taking in a sight he knew would soon disappear.
...Last week, crews excavating an old Army landfill in the Presidio came upon the entrance to the old tunnel, dug in 1853. For Blind, it was akin to discovering the Holy Grail.