Recent Posts to our Blog: Writing History

  • A Grandmother’s Story

    By Lindsey Burgess Liberia was established in 1821 by the American Colonization Society as an alternative to staying in the United States for people who had been freed from slavery. Many slaveholders throughout the South believed the growing number of free African Americans threatened their slaveholding societies, and religious and political figures in the North believed […]

    Posted on April 19, 2018 0 comments
  • Freed African-Americans: The Diary of William Johnson

    By Lindsey Burgess The legacy of slavery in the United States is widely known by the atrocities that African Africans endured on plantation. It’s an assumption that every African-American living during the period of slavery was subjected to the same chattel-type treatment. However, that was not always the case. The story of freed African Americans is […]

    Posted on April 19, 2018 0 comments
  • Came for the Pool. Stayed Despite the Crime.

    By Lindsay Holcomb   Malikah Shabazz is president of the Tenants Association at LeFrak City, a privately-owned housing complex in New York City with 25,000 residents. Ms. Shabazz is 62 and has three children, one of whom now lives in LeFrak City with his three children. Though her kids grew up in LeFrak City during the […]

    Posted on April 14, 2018 0 comments
  • Abandoned, Acquired, Abandoned Again: A talk with Tighe Bullock, one of Thurmond, West Virginia’s five remaining residents.

    By Isaac Fornarola   Thurmond is a small mining town in southern West Virginia. In the late 19th-century, Thurmond exported more coal than Richmond, Charleston, or Cincinnati. Hundreds lived in worked in the town, with hundreds more passing through every day. In the late 1980s, as part of multi-million dollar plan to preserve Thurmond’s history […]

    Posted on April 11, 2018 0 comments
  • America’s Secret Weapon Against Japan: Nisei Linguists

    By Jonathan G. Lee   Kazuo Fred Yamaguchi is a Japanese-American veteran who served in the U.S. Army during World War II. However, he never served in the 442nd Infantry Regiment, the all Japanese-American fighting unit which famously became the most decorated military unit in U.S. history. Yamaguchi was among the 1,000 Nisei who were […]

    Posted on April 11, 2018 0 comments

Latest Artifacts

  • “There’s a Whole Lot of Authorship Going On.”

    By Cody Elliott Sean Fader is a multimedia artist living in New York who created a work titled Wishing Pelt.  The set-up: Strangers would approach him in a gallery space, rub his exposed chest hair, and whisper a wish into his ear, as a multi-platform piece – it happened live, but was also recorded and photographed […]

    Posted on April 19, 2018 0 comments
  • Preserving the Wild and Wonderful: The Monuments to Mining Towns On The Coal Heritage Highway

    By Isaac Fornarola   Fayette County in southern West Virginia was once known for the smokeless coal that came from its mines. Over spring break, I travelled the Coal Heritage scenic highway to understand the present-day conditions of a region that has been all but abandoned over the past 50 years. In Mt. Hope, I […]

    Posted on April 11, 2018 0 comments
  • Questionable Victims

    By David Mora   Two people whose families said they were killed on 9/11 are rejected as official victims of the terror attacks. In this document, Manhattan’s Surrogate’s Court Judge Renee Roth, acting as a state Supreme Court justice, explains that Sneha Anne Philip and Fernando Jiménez Molinar connections’ to the terror attacks “appear to […]

    Posted on April 11, 2018 0 comments
  • The Coaching Book

    By Clarence Leong For decades under the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943), Chinese immigrants could only come to the United States if they could show that they were children of American citizens or that they’d been born in the United States and returned to China as children. Many came as “paper sons” or “paper daughters”—using documents […]

    Posted on April 6, 2018 0 comments
  • The ‘Handsome Home’ That Became the ‘House of Death’

    By Megan Massana   The home where one of New York City’s most well known murders took place was designated as a landmark long before the notorious crime occurred, and before it acquired the nickname “House of Death.” Later the home of Joel Steinberg, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the death of his […]

    Posted on March 23, 2018 0 comments