Category Archives: art and culture

The President is shot!

April 14, 1865. After four bloody years the Civil War is all but over. President and Mrs. Lincoln ride to Ford’s Theatre, arriving about twenty minutes after the show has started. While they try to sneak in, it is impossible. The … Continue reading

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The Castle in Washington

I know Spring is just around the corner in Washington when the magnolias behind the Smithsonian Castle bloom. The red turreted Castle, the administrative center of the largest museum complex in the world, is an architectural oddity on the National … Continue reading

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Annie Leibovitz and history places

I recently visited a fascinating exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The museum itself is a history place in that the building it shares with the National Portrait Gallery is one of the most historic and beautiful … Continue reading

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A historic train station

I like to travel by train and have memories of a few fun train trips, but sadly my main modes of tranport are not trains. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate historic train stations, with or without trains. Though the … Continue reading

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Thinking of Jefferson on President’s Day

Monday is President’s Day in the U.S. While we normally think about Washington and Lincoln, since their birthdays were in February, the third President Thomas Jefferson seems to be the President whose name is popping up everywhere in recent days. His restored … Continue reading

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A rhapsodic bike ride in Philly

The Wissahickon Creek valley runs through Philadelphia and has been a refuge for weary urban folks for centuries. It has inspired artists and writers from Thomas Moran and Thomas Sully to Edgar Allan Poe who wrote: “Now the Wissahickon is of so … Continue reading

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Colorado Chautauqua

Just returned from my second trip to Colorado this summer, this time for work. Had two free days to explore and decided to forego history for once and focus on nature.  Day one was a spectacular hike near Vail. On day two,  a friend … Continue reading

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Up close to ancient history

It was one of the most unusual history places I’d ever visited. Perched high on a ladder over a deep canyon, all because of a National Geographic Traveler magazine article, I surveyed the scene:  brilliant blue sky, bright sunlight, canyon … Continue reading

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An artist’s home

On a trip through New Hampshire I visited a distinctive National Park Service site that offers a fascinating look at a topic I knew nothing about. Tucked away in Cornish sits the restored residence of one of America’s greatest sculptors, Augustus … Continue reading

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