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Two Brand New Museums Dedicated to Mississippi History

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/28/2017, 6:30 AM

Side-by-side history museums in Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, will open to the public on December 9—one day before the state's bicentennial. The brand-new institutions share an entrance and a downtown address (222 North St.) in the mid-state city because the stories they tell are inextricably entwined, as you can see from their names: the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi C...

Upper Levels of Rome's Colosseum Reopening for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/04/2017, 9:45 PM

The upper tiers of the Colosseum in Rome are reopening to the public for the first time in four decades.  The renowned architectural marvel—which dates to the first century A.D. and is one of the ancient city's most visited sites—is coming off a 5-year, multimillion-dollar restoration paid for by Diego Della Valle, chairman of luxury leather brand Tod's. With public money for major preservation...

New Hostel in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/14/2017, 4:00 AM

You can now stay at a hostel in one of the most radioactive places on earth.  Backed by the Ukrainian government and housed in a former Soviet dormitory, the 50-bed accommodation is located in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, a 1,000-square-mile area contaminated in the 1986 nuclear power-plant disaster.  Access to the region remains restricted to this day—visitors have to be on organized...

Oldest Structure on National Mall in Washington Being Restored

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/13/2017, 4:00 AM

In 2018, the newest attraction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will also be the oldest.  The Lockkeeper's House, which was built in 1835—before any of its more famous neighbors—at what is now 17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, is being restored and moved back a bit from the street. If all goes as planned, it will soon be accessible to the public for the first time in decades.  ...

Hamilton Tours at Thomas Jefferson's House

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton has stolen the spotlight from his fellow Founding Fathers. Now the ten-dollar Federalist is even making inroads at the home of his archrival, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello, the third U.S. president's neoclassical mansion in Charlottesville, Virginia, has begun hosting an after-hours Hamilton Tour Takeover on select Frid...

Alabama Offering Free Statewide Walking Tours in April

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2017, 4:00 AM

For 14 years, Alabama has been offering a unique way to get to know that state and enjoy the spring weather at the same time: Saturday morning walking tours held throughout the month of April at numerous locations statewide. This year's batch of weekly hourlong tours begins at 10am on April 1 in 28 participating towns, and will continue each Saturday morning in the month, ending on April 2...

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Surely Merits a Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Opening soon in Philadelphia: a museum filled with art and artifacts chronicling America's battle for independence in the 18th century....

Historic Philadelphia Sites Close Due to Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2017, 4:00 AM

Seven historical attractions in Philadelphia have been closed as a result of President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal jobs.  The sites affected include two notable landmarks, both in the Old City, relating to U.S. Founders: the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the home and print shop of Benjamin Franklin. Presumably caused by understaffing...

In Final Days in Office, Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/17/2017, 5:00 AM

On Thursday, during Barack Obama's last full week in office, the president did for the (probably) last time something he's done more than anybody else who's occupied the White House: He designated some new national monuments. Five of them, to be exact.   Exercising his power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve sites of historic, cultural, and ecological importance, Obama added t...

New Alabama Memorial to Racist Lynchings

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2016, 8:00 AM

It's been a long road, but the state of Alabama will receive major acknowledgment of its role in some of America's most painful historical moments. Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based legal rights organization, unveiled formal plans for a six-acre complex overlooking the city that will include a national memorial, The Memorial to Peace and Justice. The design calls for a forest of 801...

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