History

February 1, 2023

15 Important Civil Rights Activists To Know From the Past and Present

The fight for Black equality has a long, complicated history in the United States. And across that history, there are many men and women who have put themselves on the line to fight discrimination and racism. While the civil rights movement of the 1960s produced many great leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King and John Lewis—there are many Black activists who have taken a stand both before and after to push racial equality forward.

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January 8, 2023

19th Century Valentines Are Surprising and Romantic Works of Art

A peek inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Drawing and Prints reveals a sweet surprise for Valentine's Day—3 nearly 200 years ago. Among the vast collection are historic valentines from the United States and Europe that speak to a time when sending cards reached its apex. In the 19th century, with commercially printed cards now available, sending and receiving gifts and notes for Valentine's Day became a hallmark of Victorian life.

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December 17, 2022

Explore and Learn About Christmas Traditions Around the World

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…but not if you live in the UK. British children traditionally hang their stockings at the foot of their bed, unlike most Americans who observe the holiday. In America, fun family Christmas traditions such as picking the perfect tree at a tree farm, stringing popcorn and candy canes as decoration, hanging bountiful Christmas lights all around, and placing a wreath on your front door are typical.

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