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Swiss Village + West Virginia + Mardi Gras Feast = Fasnacht

Isolated in the West Virginia wilderness, the tiny town of Helvetia clings to its distinctly Swiss character and foodways. It all culminates with a pre-Lenten festival where food takes center stage.
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An Ancestor Of YouTube, Selfies And Vines

During the Depression, Herbert Lee Waters filmed everyday life in the South and created "Movies of Local People." The results, now in the Duke University archives, are historically remarkable.
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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

The British monarch ruled at a time of civil war — and was blamed for much of the bloodshed. In Killers of the King, Charles Spencer tells the story of the men who signed the king's death warrant.
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Quiz Time! Take A Guess At These Presidential Tech Firsts

On Presidents Day, we consider some presidential firsts when it comes to new technologies. Play along: Who was the first president to have a telephone? How about the first to ride on a steamboat?
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Presidents Day Deal: Pass Our Quiz, Win Nothing

They've all helped create our nation, but do you know who they are?
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Washington Monument Has Shrunk, Though Not By Much

Surveyors have released a new official architectural height for the Washington Monument, and they found that lightning strikes may have melted the obelisk by as much as half an inch.

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'Through A Lens Darkly': Black Photography Fades Up To Joy

A documentary shares the good and bad of black history through photography.
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'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

In his new book, author Brian Abrams chronicles the drinking habits and debauchery of former presidents.
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Fake Food George Washington Could've Sunk His Fake Teeth Into

Herring with mustard sauce, ham hocks, hog jowls —Sandy Levins painstakingly recreates our founding father's meals for America's historic houses. Just don't try to eat them: They're sculpted replicas.

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A Story Of U.S. Maritime Disaster Resurfaces

A graduate student recently uncovered video footage of one of the worst nautical disasters in U.S. History. Nate Dimeo shares a story about the S.S. Eastland from his podcast, The Memory Palace.

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