Lincoln’s Inaugural Photograph – May 4, 1861 “The avenue in front of the portico was thronged with people, the crowd extending to a great distance on either side and reaching far into the Capitol grounds, and every available spot was black with human beings, boys and men clinging to the rails, mounting on fences, and […]

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UFO Documents released After decades of Freedom of Information requests, approximately 2,780 pages of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents detailing the government entity’s findings on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) are now available for anyone to read and download. For UFO devotees this is an opportunity to see all of the reports catalogued since the 1940s. […]

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Robert Caro Archives Early last year the New-York Historical Society arranged to acquire Robert Caro’s substantial archives. It includes the files for his Lyndon B. Johnson masterwork and for “The Power Broker.” “The Power Broker” illuminates the life and times of the Robert Moses. Moses used his political wiles to reshape the New York metropolitan […]

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Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade, launched at the end of 2020. Joining with seven smaller, searchable databases, Enslaved.org allows anyone from academic historians to amateur family genealogists to search for individual enslaved people around the globe. All in one location.   Enslaved.org, “will revolutionize our access to the past lives and experiences of our […]

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Presidential Papers: All On Line The project began twenty years ago. The plan: Digitize all of the presidential papers in the Library of Congress’ collections. Staff members uploaded more than 3.3 million images to the online portal.  The images include items from George Washington through Calvin Coolidge. The last presidents digitized were: Grover Cleveland, Benjamin […]

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Charles Darwin Notebooks Missing Cambridge, England 2000 – Charles Darwin’s Notebooks are removed from the stacks to be photographed.  Two notebooks, including Darwin’s seminal 1837 Tree of Life sketch. The work is completed in November 2000.  In January 2001 during a routine check, the small blue box containing the notebooks is not found in its […]

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Fridtjof Nansen: Arctic Explorer, Scientist, Author, Diplomat, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize  By   James D. West                        Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was an Arctic explorer. Also a skiing enthusiast who was a 12-time cross country champion in his native Norway. A scientist who made early discoveries in the field we now call neurobiology. An oceanographer, […]

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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop https://www.facebook.com/AbrahamLincolnBookShop/ In-person browsing is in a state of suspended animation. No worries, Dan Weinberg brings his bookshop to the browser each Friday at 1 p.m. Central time. Take a Break With History interviews are streamed from Abraham Lincoln Book Shop’s Facebook page. Missed an episode? Come back later and watch the […]

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The Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement are donating The Book of Lismore to University College Cork. Created in the late 15th century, this major medieval manuscript is from the golden age of Irish literature.  It is one of the Great Books of Ireland. Consisting of 198 large vellum folios, The Book of Lismore contains important […]

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