| Oct 20, 2010
| 6:09 AM
"The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn"
By Nathaniel Philbrick
Viking, 451 pages, $29.95
It has not gone unremarked that Albert Bierstadt and other painters of the West turned to purveying panoramic treatments of pure...
| Nov 2, 2010
| 4:18 PM
While TV pundits are still tripping over their tongues to make sense of Tuesday's vote, the La Caņada Presbyterian Church is taking a longer look at the influence of religion on American political life from Revolutionary times to the present.
| Nov 10, 2010
The first great American autobiographies both appeared in the 19th century, were born of conflict and written by public men — "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" and "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant."
Since then, what we might...
| May 15, 2010
"The Summer Cottage:
Retreats of the 1000 Islands"
The relatively unknown Thousand Islands is an archipelago of nearly 1,900 islands in the St. Lawrence River on the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New York and southern Ontario. Ever...
| May 18, 2010
| 8:33 PM
The Museum of the Confederacy is considering a presence at Fort Monroe in Hampton where it could showcase its collection of naval artifacts.
The Richmond-based museum has an expansion plan underway which would see three satellite locations being set up....
| May 30, 2010
Massachusetts-based author sifts through history for a closer look at the massacre of U.S. Army troops with Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
The Last Stand
Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
| Jun 17, 2010
| 5:54 PM
Jonah Hex reminds us of how cool Josh Brolin looks on a horse, how at home he seems with a six-shooter, and how perfect his growl is for a laconic, cowboy bounty hunter one-liner.
"Five coffins," he counts, Eastwood-style, to some double-dealing...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 9:47 PM
Midway between Washington and Richmond, this town on the Rappahannock River was fought over and around repeatedly. There are four different battlefields and related historic sites at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial...
| May 18, 2011
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly.
This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading...
| Dec 5, 2010
"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole," British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." And, I might add, place to place. There's something special about bedding down where Albert Einstein, Marilyn...
| Dec 19, 2010
I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...