| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Remember how history class at the start of every school year began with the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence? Some of it has long since blurred; some of it is fable. (See Question 11.) If you wanted to see the Declaration of...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 3:55 PM
For the first time, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will provide accompaniment to the city's traditional "Fireworks at the Fountain" in downtown's Lake Eola Park this July 4.
"When the Downtown Development Board approached us, we were deeply...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 12:09 PM
The Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) just completed our first year of operation as the primary property owner at Fort Monroe and we are pleased to report our successes as well as share our challenges. The success of keeping the property open to the public as...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:39 PM
As about 50 eighth-graders from New Jersey gathered around, Elizabeth White unzipped a large duffel bag.
"It's coiled like a big snake in there," said White, a park ranger.
The students helped remove the object. It was indeed moving but not in a scary...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Decades of careful restoration and study have revealed a lot about the flag that flew over Fort McHenry after its defenders fought off a naval attack during the War of 1812: the swatches taken as mementos of the pivotal battle, the areas worn by time,...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two years ago, during bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812, I was struck by how important the waterfront is to Baltimore. That might seem like an odd thing for a Baltimorean to say, but unless you own waterfront property, work near it or...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Two years ago, Baltimore rolled out the red carpet, and then some, for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to commemorate what some have called the second war for American independence.
This year, they'll be...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A famous American, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with coining the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” And though no one famous is taking credit for it, in Canada, they’ve turned that around: “A penny destroyed is money in...
| May 8, 2014
| 11:01 AM
Renée Fleming is donating the Vera Wang gown she wore to perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl game to the Smithsonian in Washington. The National Museum of American History will display the gown starting June 14.
The gown -- which is...
| May 11, 2014
| 4:05 AM
The USS Constitution never looked better than on the morning it sailed from Alexandria, Va., fully provisioned, with an inexperienced but enthusiastic crew of 450 men eager for action and adventure.
Then word came later that day, June 18, 1812: A...
| May 17, 2014
The artist Sheila Pree Bright has spent her adult life trying to sort through her mixed feelings about the American flag.
It's just a red, white and blue bolt of cloth. But all the Atlanta resident has to do is glance up casually and see one at the...