History

Going On A Mammoth Hunt

Going On A Mammoth Hunt

Scientists are stitching together a DNA sequence to produce a living mammoth as well as learning more about the chubby long-haired giant.

Comeback of the Courtyard House

Comeback of the Courtyard House

The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.

Central Coast Chillin’

Central Coast Chillin’

When you need a break and relaxing activities that are relatively safe in the pandemic, try California's Central Coast.

Rebuilding after 9/11

Rebuilding after 9/11

Remembering September 11th has been a national opportunity to evaluate the past and move on with the long messy process of rebuilding.

Reinventing Civil War Reenactment

Reinventing Civil War Reenactment

Civil War reenacting has taken a hit from the pandemic and controversy over the Confederate flag's association with racism.

Versailles’ Checkered Legacy

Versailles’ Checkered Legacy

Versailles has an image of lavish opulence under the Sun King, Louis XIV, but the palace also has a history of revolution and American ties.

Tradition in a Teapot

Tradition in a Teapot

Unglazed clay Yixing teapots hold within them hundreds of years of tradition and craftsmanship.

Confucius Conundrum

Confucius Conundrum

Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institutes have taken an international hit because of broader controversial China policies.

The Booming and Broiling Southwest

The Booming and Broiling Southwest

The American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.

For the Love of Arches

For the Love of Arches

Arches National Park in southeastern Utah is being loved to death, and the park service is scrambling to manage the attention.

Japan’s Golden Pavilion

Japan’s Golden Pavilion

The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan, is evidence of Japan's aesthetic balance of restrained simplicity and bursts of opulent grandeur.

Why is Washington, D.C. so Roman?

Why is Washington, D.C. so Roman?

The U.S. capital has more Roman-style architecture than almost any major city. We explore why.

Seagrove’s Marvelous Pottery

Seagrove’s Marvelous Pottery

For beautiful handmade pottery, there is no better place in the United States than Seagrove, North Carolina.

Yellowstone Roars Back To Life

Yellowstone Roars Back To Life

As the pandemic wanes in the United States, the crowds have returned to Yellowstone National Park.

Seeing the Big Picture

Seeing the Big Picture

We are living in the Great Age of Panoramas, with super wide angle photography permeating our everyday lives.

Mining Towns of the Old West

Mining Towns of the Old West

Colorful Western mining towns where the ancestors of many Americans once flocked to seek their fortunes have become upscale tourist meccas for outdoor adventure.

Duke’s Beautiful Campus, Academic Excellence and Mixed Legacy

Duke’s Beautiful Campus, Academic Excellence and Mixed Legacy

Duke University's Gothic architecture and academic excellence alongside its mixed historical legacy makes it a microcosm of the American South's historical dilemmas.

Making Your Own Family Museum

Making Your Own Family Museum

Making a family museum is a perfect way to teach your family about your heritage in a fun way.

Qing Ming Painting Resonates Over Centuries

Qing Ming Painting Resonates Over Centuries

China's most famous painting captured traditional life, the traces of which have survived into modern times.

Making a Box for a Chinese Painting

Making a Box for a Chinese Painting

We built a wooden box for a treasured hand-painted copy of China's most famous painting - Along the River During the Qingming Festival.

La Purisima Mission

La Purisima Mission

The history of La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California, is a cautionary tale about the consequences of environmental damage, epidemics and racial inequality.

Peace Village

Peace Village

We take a look back at a remote Chinese village that is now a crowded tourist destination.

Whither the GOP?

Whither the GOP?

The U.S. Capitol attack has opened up a debate on the future direction of the Republican Party and what it means for democracy.

Translating the Bible

Translating the Bible

Millions of Christians will turn to the Bible this week to read the Christmas story in hundreds of languages.

The Real Cost of COVID

The Real Cost of COVID

Exit polls showed that many voters saw boosting the economy and controlling the pandemic as competing goals, but experts say they need to happen in tandem.

Election Perspective

Election Perspective

On a day that included both voting and getting tested for COVID-19, we look to the past for perspective on elections.

China’s Stone Scriptures

China’s Stone Scriptures

Thousands of Buddhist scriptures carved in stone and buried for centuries are among China's greatest cultural treasures.

Renovating a Western Landmark

Renovating a Western Landmark

The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, among America's most popular tourist destinations, are undergoing a major renovation.

Inside a Chinese Painting

Inside a Chinese Painting

Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.

The History of Race in America

The History of Race in America

The racial history of the United States belongs to us all, with the responsibility to resolve the accompanying outstanding problems.

The Racism of Confederate Statues

The Racism of Confederate Statues

The racist past associated with the Confederacy and Confederate monuments has a complex history.

Getting A Vaccine against Racism

Getting A Vaccine against Racism

A mother of non-white children compares her fears for her children because of COVID-19 and her fears for them because of racism.

Signs of the Times in Stores

Signs of the Times in Stores

During the pandemic, here are signs of the times at stores with shortages that also are trying to maintain social distancing.

Marie Antoinette and Barbie

Marie Antoinette and Barbie

Since she was guillotined in the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette has become one of the most popular icons worldwide.

Ancient Silk Road Meets High Tech

Ancient Silk Road Meets High Tech

The International Dunhuang Project digitizes old documents, caves and artifacts to enable global study of Central Asian history.

A Tale of Two Roman Cities

A Tale of Two Roman Cities

The amphitheaters, military garrisons, forums, trade and craft shops of two Roman colonial cities have emerged from the dust.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London, enduring symbol of the British monarchy, combines royal pageantry with warfare, court intrigue and executions.

Paris’s Oldest Food Market

Paris’s Oldest Food Market

Rue Montorgueil in Paris began as a village street with a medieval church and food market. It has retained that character.

Lighthouse, Tide Pools and Seals

Lighthouse, Tide Pools and Seals

Yaquina Head, Ore., has one of the Pacific Coast’s premier tide pool observation sites, a lighthouse and seal and seabird colonies.

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Calendars - The Way We Keep Time

Our calendar system evolved over thousands of years and is continuing to do so with electronic calendars and globalization.

New Orleans - Exuberant Hybrid

New Orleans - Exuberant Hybrid

New Orleans's hybrid culture is the result of its 300 years as the gateway to trading networks of the Mississippi River.

Utah’s Rock Stars

Utah’s Rock Stars

Utah's spectacular scenery harbors one of the world's most complete and diverse dinosaur fossil records.

Wolf in Ship’s Clothing

Wolf in Ship’s Clothing

The picturesque town of Bristol, Rhode Island, once was a slave port and home of the nation's leading slave traders, the DeWolfs.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

China's Oct. 1 celebration of 70 years of Communist rule centers on Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s most controversial places.

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

The colorful annual mountain men rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, commemorates the 19th century global fur trade.

What is the Louvre?

What is the Louvre?

The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.

Britain and Greece’s Parthenon Dispute

Britain and Greece’s Parthenon Dispute

What are the chances that two men from one family set off international disputes by carting off treasures from Greece and China?

Patriotic New York City

Patriotic New York City

New York City, America's great atypical metropolis, taught me what America means. Here are my favorite patriotic sites in the city.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, the most famous and heartbreaking of China's glorious imperial gardens, highlights dilemmas in the nation’s past.

Giant Buddha, Giant Hall

Giant Buddha, Giant Hall

An emperor built a giant Buddha to unify his struggling country, as the center of a network of Buddhist temples throughout Japan.

The River That Keeps on Giving

The River That Keeps on Giving

The mammoth Colorado River is the lifeblood of the southwest United States, supplying water and power for cities and agriculture.

Battle of the Samurai

Battle of the Samurai

Osaka Castle marks the site of an epic samurai battle and one of the most important turning points in Japanese history.

 Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

Memorial to Once-Forgotten People

A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.

Scaffolding the World

Scaffolding the World

Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.

Enchanted Land, Part 2

Enchanted Land, Part 2

Old stone houses, leather books with swirly handwriting and a village church mark the second part of our journey to the Rhone-Alps.

Enchanted Land, Part 1

Enchanted Land, Part 1

A search for ancestral roots in southern France leads to a legendary land with a walled medieval town and tales of a magic sword.

Illuminated Manuscripts

Illuminated Manuscripts

Illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved culture and religious beliefs and set a foundation for book design and art styles.

A Palace to Remember

A Palace to Remember

Visible traces of the Heijō Palace, Japan's palace from which the emperor ruled in splendor, were gone, until the site was restored.

What does it mean to be Hispanic?

What does it mean to be Hispanic?

What does it mean to be Latino or Hispanic in the United States? This blog explores the ambiguous origins of these two terms.

China’s Walled Cities

China’s Walled Cities

Only scattered remnants survive of the many walled cities that once defined the Chinese empire.

Barbecue Santa Maria Style

Barbecue Santa Maria Style

Santa Maria's scrumptious grilling is California's premier barbecue style.

The Land of Junipero Serra

The Land of Junipero Serra

Junipero Serra's "sainthood" is controversial, but the extent of his cultural impact on California is indisputable.

Charleston

Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's most beautiful and heartbreaking cities.