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Washington's Lesser Known Memorials

Find out why there memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot, and women who died on the Titanic...

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'Vintage Black Glamour' Exposes Little-Known Cultural History

Tired of seeing the same old photos of Josephine Baker in a banana skirt, writer Nichelle Gainer started a blog showcasing rarely seen photos of African-American actors, educators, writers, students, musicians and more.
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100 Years Ago, Maillard Taught Us Why Our Food Tastes Better Cooked

The French know how to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of how cooking changes the taste, texture and color of food. Hundreds of scientists gathered recently near the village where Louis-Camille Maillard was born to honor him.
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Residents, Archaeologists Dig Into History Of 'The Hill'

Archaeologists from the University of Maryland are helping to peel back the layers of time in an Easton, Md. neighborhood called The Hill. The neighborhood was once a thriving community of free African Americans during an era of widespread slavery on the Eastern Shore.

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Ohio 'On The Front Line' In The War Of 1812

To mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Ohio Historical Society's new exhibit features important artifacts and information on the war and Ohio's role in it. The exhibit, "War of 1812: Ohio on the Front Line," features memorabilia that tells the stories of the people behind the war.
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National Guard Memorial Museum Closes For New 9/11 Era Gallery

The National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is preparing to close for a few weeks for renovations.

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The Man Behind "A People's History:" Howard Zinn

We talk with historian Martin Duberman about his new biography of Howard Zinn, which paints an intimate portrait of a complex and private man.

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Oxford Taps Crowds To Learn Words' Histories

The Oxford English Dictionary has put out a call for help. Editors hope the public will be able to fill in the blanks about many English words and phrases. For example, "Can you provide evidence of 'bellini' before 1965?" and "Did John le Carre coin the phrase: 'Come in from the cold'"?

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