Category Archives: civil rights

The power in a view

I checked into the hotel and walked into my room. It was a room with a view alright — a view south to Canada. Where was I? Detroit. Other than thinking it cool that I was maybe the only place the … Continue reading

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Patricia Brooks – My favorite history site

Patricia Brooks is a historian working in Washington, D.C. If you had to choose one or two favorite historic sites, which ones are they and what about them interested you? The Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Indiana hands down was … Continue reading

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Japanese American history in Washington

Bainbridge Island sits in Puget Sound, a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. The lush island has been named among the best places to live in the United States. I visited to attend a three-day symposium for museum folks … Continue reading

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An unexpected house museum in Breckenridge

I’ll admit it, I didn’t expect to find a fascinating story of African American history in Breckenridge, Colorado, one of the state’s ski towns. A museum colleague suggested I visit the Barney Ford house. I’d never heard of Ford. Since … Continue reading

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Ferguson – the power of place

Ferguson. One loaded word that now represents raw emotion and pain, a community ripped apart and thrust into the glare of the national media spotlight. I recently visited friends in St. Louis and felt drawn to see a place where … Continue reading

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On the run in Indiana

On a recent sunny Wednesday morning I found myself in Indiana with a group of eighth graders (none of whom I knew), wearing very uncomfortable nineteenth-century period shoes, and running from a slave catcher. What? Let me explain. I was … Continue reading

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16th Street Baptist Church

I felt history in a powerful way last week. Surrounded by my history colleagues from around the nation, I had the great fortune to visit 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the historic African American church where 50 years … Continue reading

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A new memorial in Washington

National memorials, like the events and people they commemorate, require the distance of time to allow proper consideration of their place in the landscape and to earn a spot on the “must see” stops on the D.C. tourist list. Washington … Continue reading

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