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May 25, 2019

"The most comprehensive evaluation of park access and quality in the 100 largest U.S. cities." Trust for Public Lands ParkScore Index

When the District of Columbia was first conceptualized by the new U.S. government, it was seen as a vehicle for protecting the federal i...

October 23, 2018

 "The Dead Sea forgeries could be part of the most significant sham in Biblical archaeology..."

UPDATE: The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC announced that five of its "most valuable artifacts...are fake and will not be displayed anymore." Those artifacts were thou...

May 5, 2018

In 2010, the Green family - owners of Hobby Lobby and the force behind the new Museum of the Bible (above) in Washington, DC - ignored warnings of the provenance of several thousand artifacts and purchased them anyway for $1.6 million. Since then, federal investigators...

October 29, 2017

On June 2, 1966, an American Gothic soap opera premiered on television and quickly became a fan favorite. The goings-on in the Collins family—full of vampires and werewolves—made for dramatic, if not campy, entertainment. Dark Shadows ran for 5 successful seasons, spaw...

September 28, 2017

“Middle Eastern-themed Manna [restaurant] is already booked weeks in advance”

Hobby Lobby is a national chain of stores dedicated to arts and crafts supplies. David Green opened the first store in 1972 in Oklahoma and eventually expanded the chain nationwide; by 2015, H...

September 26, 2017

“Ms. Miner, a white woman from New York, moved to the District of Columbia to open the school in the early 1850s. It burned down in 1860, the result of an arson attack. “

Brewery to Concert Hall

President Eisenhower signed National Cultural Center Act in 1958 to fund a c...

August 23, 2017

In this day of social media—with instant selfies, check-ins, and Instagram posts—it is easy to forget that not too long ago people shared their vacation experiences via postcards. In the United States, John P. Charlton of Philadelphia patented the first commercial post...

August 12, 2017

 Stench times three back in Washington DC at the US Botanic Garden

The species of flower known as Amorphophallus titanium was first discovered, or described, by Western scientists in 1878 in Sumatra, Indonesia. Known in particular for its infrequent but intensely pungen...

August 2, 2017

In contrast to many countries, the United States does not have a Ministry of Culture dedicated to the research, documentation, preservation, and presentation and interpretation of the nation’s cultural heritage. Instead, the US has a network of federal, state, local an...

August 1, 2017

The demolition of Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station in the early 1960s stands as one of the greatest architectural losses in the history of the United States. In fact, to this day historic photos of Penn Station’s grand hall are often used by preservation advocates in c...

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