History Filter
  1. Faces of Auschwitz

    A collaboration between the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, digital colorist Marina Amaral, and a team of academics, journalists and volunteers, “Faces of Auschwitz” honors the lives of Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners by colorizing their registration photos and sharing their individual stories.

    History
  2. Would the Real Queen Elizabeth Please Stand Up

    Cultural historian Benjamin Wild writes on a newly discovered portrait of Tudor monarch Elizabeth I — one that, unlike previously known depictions, doesn’t show her as a perfectly poised queen.

    Art
  3. “The ability to disconnect from your identity to engage with an oppressor is a privilege. The ability to disconnect from your emotions and values to engage with someone else’s hate is a privilege.”

    Academia
  4. A Funeral and a Turf War

    The yellowed newspaper clipping Rita Byrne Tull found in a box of papers was her great-grandfather’s obituary. But when she turned the paper over, she discovered a story of life in rural Ireland.

    Family
  5. Rewriting the Story of the Starving Armenian

    Liana Aghajanian on the food traditions of Armenian-Americans: “Having lost property, cultural heritage, and identity in addition to the millions who were killed, food became the most transportable cultural marker that could be made tangible with the right ingredients, as Armenians were forced to migrate across the world.” 

    Cooking
  6. Londnr

    Live in London, or just love it? Read Londnr for insightful essays, intriguing histories, and art and culture deep dives, all centered on England’s capital city.

    Art
  7. Primitive Technology

    John Plant, the Australia-based blogger and YouTube producer behind Primitive Technology, is documenting his journey into the distant technological past, “making stuff from scratch in the wild.”

    Architecture
  8. Pieces of History

    One of several U.S. National Archives blogs, Pieces of History is where the Archives’ staff share rare and noteworthy documents, photos, and stories that show the richness and complexity of American history.

    Culture
  9. For My Brothers and Sisters

    “My sister and I were once in the Child Welfare System so the death of Tina Fontaine struck me personally.” At Tea&Bannock, guest blogger Kailey Arthurson’s poem calls us to defend the sacred, to defend the children.

    Abuse
    Photo by Tennille K. Campbell
  10. 99% Invisible

    The website of popular podcast 99% Invisible invites visitors to explore off-the-beaten-path topics in design, architecture, and technology.

    Architecture
  11. Architectural Afterlife

    “People were here once, living and working and now they are gone while the collapsing ruins remain a place that is looked past by so many.” Preserving history through imagery, Cleveland, Ohio-based photojournalist Johnny Joo documents the history of decaying, forgotten places across the US.

    Architecture
  12. Groundhog Day

    Happy Groundhog Day! The University of Manchester Museum explores the origin of this annual winter tradition, which has its roots in European folklore.

    Education
    PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 25,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  13. History: the Ghost at the Feast

    “Real life very rarely supplies us with strong, convincing narratives so we create our own in order to give ourselves a sense of purpose and meaning.” Ben Newmark contemplates the teaching of history and creating our own narratives on a personal and larger scale.

    Education
  14. Cuisine Helvetica

    Heddi, an American blogger living in Switzerland, takes us beyond cheese and chocolate to discover the rich culture and traditions of Swiss food.

    Cooking
  15. The 99 Best Things that Happened in 2017

    Many might want to forget 2017 ever happened; at Quartz, Angus Harvey compiled a list of 99 things that might help salvage the image of the year that just ended.

    Culture