History

February 19, 2019

How African American Art and Culture Blossomed During the Harlem Renaissance

In the early 20th century, New York City’s Harlem neighborhood underwent a historic transformation. During what is now described as the Harlem Renaissance, the area thrived as a cultural hub for African Americans, culminating in unprecedented advancements in art, literature, and music. Though this “golden age” lasted less than 20 years, its legacy has lived on for decades.

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February 11, 2019

Valentine’s Day: The Unromantic Origins of This Romantic Holiday

Valentine’s Day conjures up thoughts of chocolates, roses, and romantic dinners, but have you ever wondered where Valentine’s Day comes from? You might be surprised to learn that this holiday’s history isn’t as romantic as you might expect. Though Valentine’s Day, also known as St. Valentine’s Day, is now synonymous with love, its history is quite different.

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January 29, 2019

Fascinating Animations Show How the Palace of Versailles Evolved Over 400 Years

Did you know that France is currently the most visited country in the world? Though impressive, this accolade is hardly surprising. Boasting countless cultural institutions and hoards of historic landmarks, France is full of top tourist destinations, including the Palace of Versailles. While you’re likely familiar with the site as it stands today, the château has changed a lot over the years—an evolution you can now explore in three dimensions.

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