History

September 11, 2018

This Golden ‘Peacock Room’ Is a Masterpiece Transported Across the Ocean

Imagine a room so special that it was dismantled, packed into 27 crates, and floated across the ocean. In 1904, that's just what happened to The Peacock Room—a decorative masterpiece by heralded American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. You might be wondering What makes this room so intriguing that it was floated across the Atlantic from England to America?

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August 16, 2018

Learn How the Cozy Craft of Quilting Endured the Civil War and Thrives Today

There are some objects that are so commonplace in our everyday lives that we hardly give them a second thought. A quilt is likely one of those items. Many of us have probably snuggled up with a handmade quilt at some point in our lives; maybe you have one that was passed down from a relative. But how much thought have you given to how they are made and their history?

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August 8, 2018

Exquisitely Designed 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Discovered in a Well

We all know the ancient Romans were skilled engineers, constructing vast highways to cover the enormous lands they conquered. But did you know they were also fashionable? In the Empire, footwear was used as a status symbol in addition to providing warmth and protection. And with Italy's reputation for shoes, it should come as no surprise that their Roman ancestors were also good cobblers.

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July 24, 2018

Look Inside Stanley Kubrick’s Copy of ‘The Shining’ Filled With His Personal Notes

Stanley Kubrick once said that his adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining, would be the “scariest horror movie of all time.” And although it was met with mixed reviews when it was first released in 1980, today many people believe The Shining to be a true horror masterpiece. Recently, the Overlook Hotel blog (run by director Lee Unkrich)

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