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The Grant Memorial

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

It was a perfect spring day, 60 degrees and dry. The gentle breeze snapped the colors to attention as strains of martial music carried over the city. Federal employees had the day off and swelled the enthusiastic crowd, which jostled for position benea…

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Race to Save Nome

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

Eighty-one years ago, some of Alaska’s toughest mushers raced against time and the frozen wilderness along the Iditarod trails in a frantic attempt to save more than 1,400 men, women and children of Nome from the ravages of a diphtheria epidemic. Thoug…

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Global Cooling

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

In the 19th century, winter ice, cut from the frozen ponds, lakes and rivers of the American North, was transported around the world, initiating a new age of cool. On September 10, 1833, the brig Tuscany docked in Calcutta and began unloading a wholly …

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Sworn Enemies to be Good Friends

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

For nearly four years, Baroness Riedesel, wife of a German general, was shuttled around the colonies as part of the convention army—British and German soldiers captured at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777. The tale of her odyssey reveals a code o…

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New York City’s Forgotten Past

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

For more than 100 years, New Yorkers lavishly celebrated November 25 in commemoration of the end of British occupation and George Washington’s triumphal return in 1783. Today, however, those events and the celebrations they spawned have faded from memo…

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American History Letter from the Editor- August 2006

December 9, 2019 Amy Chan 0

Keeping Cool For most of the country, August is the long, hot month when the extreme heat of summer has a firm grip and most of us are searching for some cool relief. In today’s world, that relief is readily available in our homes, offices and vehicles…