history

Exploring History and Politics in Washington, D.C.

by Jenni Ingersoll on April 26, 2017

Washington D.C. offers an array of memorials, museums, and attractions to explore for those wanting to learn more about the history and workings of the United States. Many government offices are open to the public and available for tours, free of charge. Prior to visiting, I strongly recommended that you contact your local congressman or senator to secure tour tickets […]

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The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

by Jenni Ingersoll on April 12, 2017

The Smithsonian Institution is the collective name for the world’s largest research and museum complex. Of the 19 museums, galleries and zoological park that comprise the Institution, most are found in Washington, D.C. with the majority located on the National Mall. The National Mall is the area of D.C. between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building with the Washington Monument right in between the two. […]

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Gilded Age of Newport Mansions

by Jenni Ingersoll on December 26, 2016

  Newport, Rhode Island was established in 1639 as a haven for those seeking religious freedom. By the mid-19th century Newport became a haven of a very different kind. The City-by-the-Sea became a summer playground for the very wealthy who built enormous mansions and claimed them as “summer cottages”.  Anything but cottages, these homes were built by families […]

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Plymouth, Massachusetts: America’s Hometown

by Jenni Ingersoll on September 21, 2016

Just about every history book tells of the Pilgrims sailing aboard the Mayflower in 1620 across the Atlantic Ocean. The Pilgrims arrived in the New World and established Plymouth Colony in the area now identified as the city of Plymouth and America’s Hometown. It is known that the Mayflower made landfall in Plymouth Harbor, but it is at this point that history takes a […]

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A Day at The Museum, Not Exactly Like The Night

by Jenni Ingersoll on April 11, 2016

In 2006, a movie entitled Night At The Museum made all of us fall in love with history. For some it was love at first sight, while for others it rekindled a love we had not explored since World History classes in high school. We fell in love with the historical characters depicted in the movie as they came to life each […]

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Visit South Dakota’s Great 8

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 10, 2015

Named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, much of South Dakota’s culture reflects that ethnic heritage. It also boasts a tourism focus that includes prehistoric beasts, world-famous pioneers, Native and wild west legends., all of whom called South Dakota home at one time. If you’re planning a visit to the state, a good […]

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Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in the United States

by Guest Contributor on May 7, 2014

Guide To The Best Jewish Museums in the United States (via Wicked Good Travel Tips) Although barely 3% of America’s total residents are Jewish, the Jewish community has contributed significantly to the American landscape and way of life since the 17th century. Throughout the country, museums both small and large have been established…  

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Photo Friday: The Blue Mansion, Penang, Malaysia

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 14, 2014

Blue Mansion, Penang

Always on the list of must-visit spots in Penang, Malaysia, the Blue Mansion is officially known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, named after a 19th century merchant. Built at the end of the century, the mansion is a vivid indigo blue, making it hard to miss, and boasts 38 rooms, 7 staircases, and 220 leaded […]

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Walking in Siracusa Sicily Italy

Siracusa, on the island of Sicily, is well known for its rich Greek history, which includes ancient amphitheaters, architecture, and culture. The entire city of Siracusa is a UNESCO World Heritage site, citing  the numerous “monuments and archaeological sites situated in Syracuse are the finest example of outstanding architectural creation spanning several cultural aspects; Greek, Roman and Baroque.” Additionally, it […]

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Photo Friday: Pitigliano, Italy

by El-El on December 20, 2013

Pitigliano Italy

During the middle ages, Pitigliano, Italy, situated between Florence and Siena, was a refuge to Jewish settlers.  As Jews were being expelled in other areas of Italy (and the rest of Europe), many settled peacefully among the hills of Pitgliano. For awhile, it was considered the little Jerusalem, and while the population has dwindled, many […]

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