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Ireland's Ancient East: The Music Begins

by Kerry Dexter /
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May 17, 2015 / 0 comments

Ireland's Ancient East: that phrase suggests all sorts of intriguing ideas -- which is why it has been chosen as a way to encourage visitors to spend time at places in the eastern parts of the island, much as the Wild Atlantic Way is helping to connect and bring attention to communities and locations along the island's western sea coast.

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Institute of Texan Cultures Showcases Tejanos

Texas history does not begin with its declaration of independence from Mexico 1836. Long before this revolt, indigenous people and Hispanic settlers lived in the vast region called New Spain. Spain’s conquest of Mexico in 1519 continued until Mexico declared independence from Spain in 1810. Then, what was known as Tejas to the inhabitants, became part of Mexico.

Spain’s European blood was not only spilled in the bloody conquest of Mexico but mixed with Mexico’s indigenous tribes, resulting in a people called mestizos. Mexicans are inheritors of this extraordinary human fusion.

An Easy Recipe for a Southern Classic: Hummingbird Cake

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Apr 27, 2015 / 2 comments

 

Pecan pie. Bananas foster. Red velvet cake. Lemon meringue pie. Doctor bird cake?!

Desserts in the South are well known for their sumptuous ingredients, bright flavors, and a dash of flare. And yet one dessert seems to stand apart—Doctor birds cake, more commonly called Hummingbird Cake.

I first heard of--and sampled--this sweet concoction a couple years ago in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. The combination of ripened bananas lapping up the sweetness of crushed pineapple gives the cake its signature sweetness, and dense yet airy texture.

 

Robert Burns: Inventing Tradition and Securing Memory Worldwide

by Dr. Pauline Mackay / Jan 23, 2015 / 0 comments

Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) is Scotland’s National Bard, but he is also one of the world’s most widely commemorated poets.

Empress of the Night Author Eva Stachniak on Writing, Travel, and Inspiration

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Jul 08, 2014 / 0 comments

In the maelstrom of facts and myths that is history, dates, personages, and events both cataclysmic and small swirl throughout time, gradually losing force as new events take place, new rulers ascend, new wars obliterate memories of past battles.

Traveling the Cambodian Genocide

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Mar 20, 2014 / 0 comments

Sometimes, even though history is unbearable to revisit, we must. We must to change the future, to honor those that have lost their lives, to make sure that this never happens again. One such history is the tragegy that is still unfolding in Cambodia.

Up Close and Personal with the Terracotta Army

by Adrian Landsberg /
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Mar 13, 2014 / 0 comments

A HALF DAY SEEING THE TERRACOTTA WARRIOR MUSEUM IN XIAN, CHINA

“Hi there.”

Oh no, not another guide trying to sell me his services, I turned around to give another resounding no but was greeted by…

“Don't worry, I'm not a guide.”

Travel Europe by Car: the Falkirk Wheel and Stirling, Scotland

by KVoigts / Jun 26, 2013 / 0 comments

Scotland is an incredibly gorgeous country, with so much history to soak in.  Let's take a day trip to Stirling, and see what happens along the way.
 

Kids Love Ancient Egypt and Archaeology

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Apr 22, 2013 / 3 comments

If you've got a kid like mine, they are POSSESSED by an intense desire to learn anything - ANYTHING! - about Ancient Egypt.

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Which Four Presidents Call Cincinnati Home?

Ohio is nicknamed “The Mother of Presidents” because eight of 44 presidents were from Ohio. They are William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren B. Harding. Of those eight, four of them were from Greater Cincinnati. 

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