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St. Valentine’s: A Minor Day in a Medieval Calendar Packed With Festivals
The feast of St. Valentine has been associated with love since the Middle Ages. Back then, Valentine was one of many saints honored in the Christian calendar alongside major religious ...
Hidden Women of History: Caterina Cornaro, the Last Queen of Cyprus
The life of Caterina Cornaro could easily be the plot of a novel or TV drama. One of ...
January 21, 2019
Diogenes of Sinope, the Dogged Cynic
The great ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (470–399 B.C.) believed that self-sufficiency is the key to a good life. ...
January 21, 2019
Bulgaria’s Oldest City Honored as European Culture Capital
SOFIA, Bulgaria—Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for ...
January 14, 2019
The Associated Press
What Is Hygge and Why Does Everyone Love It?
During these last few holiday seasons in Britain and America, a strange new concept has become incredibly popular. ...
January 13, 2019
An Interview With Latvian Soprano Marina Rebeka
Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka has recently released a new recital disc of bel canto arias by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gaspare ...
January 7, 2019
The ‘Why’ of Christmas
The jolly season is with us. Those of a nonreligious disposition will probably go "bah humbug," note that ...
December 25, 2018
9 Globe-Altering Historical Events That Happened During Christmas
From Columbus' shipwreck to George Washington's crossing of the Delaware, there have been a lot of world-changing events ...
December 22, 2018
10 Brilliant Foreign Language Idioms and What They Really Mean
Every language has its own weird and funny little nuances that give it a unique charm. Here we ...
December 15, 2018
Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade: A Tradition Enjoyed by Many
CHICAGO—The sights and sounds of the Thanksgiving Day Parade are always a treat for all ages, whether watching ...
November 25, 2018
The Myth of St. Michael and What It Tells Us
Contained in the myths and stories of the distant past are nuggets of wisdom and ideas that we ...
November 19, 2018
On a Mission to Save Languages From Extinction
NEW YORK—There are 800 different languages spoken among New York's 8.5 million residents, and unfortunately, that number may ...
November 5, 2018
Italian Government Cracks Down on Trafficking of Precious Historical Artifacts
The Italian government aims to crack down on the theft and trafficking of historical artifacts as it seeks ...
November 5, 2018
The Humble and Noble Nature of Northern Renaissance Art
There’s a prevailing attitude among some art enthusiasts that art that isn’t contemporary isn’t relevant. The Metropolitan Museum ...
October 28, 2018
Myths: Mapping Our Way Home
In this series, Myths: Mapping Our Way Home, James Sale revisits why myths—all but discounted today—remain crucial to ...
October 28, 2018
How Gothic Architecture Lost Its Lofty Image
If you want foreboding old buildings that dark lords and werewolves are bound to frequent, look no further ...
October 23, 2018
Harpsichord Virtuoso Zuzana Ruzickova’s Legacy Captured on Film
NEW YORK—Looking straight at the viewer, Zuzana Ruzickova, then 87, detailed the horrors of three Nazi concentration camps, ...
October 15, 2018
Agents of Faith Exhibition Examines Humanity’s Hopes
A park ranger passing by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial called one morning and said, "Some fools have left a ...
September 18, 2018
“Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders” Oh My!
NEW YORK—A medieval illuminator painted a giant in a book so tiny that you could potentially grasp it ...
August 20, 2018
National World War I Memorial Design Team Gets the Green Light
WASHINGTON—The war that did not end all wars, World War I, marked a dramatic turning point in history. ...
July 31, 2018
Kamishibai: How the Magical Art of Japanese Storytelling Is Being Revived and Promoting Bilingualism
In a world where technological advancement seems to be at the forefront of almost everything, it can sometimes ...
July 30, 2018
Géraldine D. Enjelvin
Medieval Tips to Revive England’s Struggling Cathedrals
In many parts of England, cathedrals face a financial crisis: They are expensive to maintain, often need renovations, ...
July 15, 2018
London: ‘Japan in One Building’
Thirty flower messengers, reminiscent of the flower sellers in Japan’s traditional Edo period, walked the streets of Kensington ...
July 13, 2018
Witnessing ‘The Magic of Handwriting’
NEW YORK—We might form certain notions in our minds about famous people from the way they have been ...
July 4, 2018
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival: A Celebration of Living Culture Around the World
Living cultural heritage from around the world is showcased at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, performed by a diverse ...
July 3, 2018
Ancient Chinese Stories: An 8-Year-Old Girl Rolls Over a Bed of Nails
At the beginning of the Hong Wu period of the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century, there was ...
July 1, 2018
The Boghta and the Hennin
We appreciate Mongolian culture for its equestrian lifestyle and succulent barbecue, but the Mongolians were also known as ...
June 29, 2018
5 Killed as Gunman Opens Fire at Illinois Warehouse
Japanese Prime Minister Nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize
Colin Kaepernick Settles National Anthem Kneeling Collusion Case Against NFL:Reports
Networks Kept ‘No Collusion’ Senate Investigation Result Off Evening Newscasts, Report Says
Active Shooter at Industrial Park in Illinois: Police
Poll: Trump Voters Support National Emergency for Border Wall; Approval Rating at 50 Percent
Angel Moms Confront CNN Reporter in Rose Garden
McCabe’s Story, If True, Describes Coup Attempt on Trump, Harvard Constitutional Scholar Says
US-China Trade Talks to Resume in Washington Next Week, Trump Hints at Extension
Video: After CNN’s Acosta Claims Trump ‘Concocting’ a National Emergency, President Responds