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The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang 

27 Apr

It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived there from 1895 to 1942.

Read the rest of this concise account by Robert Kim here at Atlas Obscura: The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang – Atlas Obscura

130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas 

27 Apr

Shattered mastodon bones from a Southern California site bear the scars of human activity from 130,700 years ago, a team of scientists says — pushing back the generally accepted date that humans are thought to have settled North America by a whopping 115,000 or so years.

If verified and corroborated by other scientists, the discovery described in the journal Nature could radically rewrite the timeline of when humans first arrived in the Americas.

Read the rest of the story by Amina Khan of the Los Angeles Times here: 130,000-year-old mastodon bones could rewrite story of how humans first appeared in the Americas – LA Times

The writing life of Harvard historian Jill Lepore

26 Apr

If only I could think and write as well as Jill Lepore … sigh. Read this fascinating interview with Lepore at the Harvard Gazette: The writing life of Harvard historian Jill Lepore | Harvard Gazette

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

26 Apr

The Osage tribe in Oklahoma became spectacularly wealthy in the early 1900s — and then members started turning up dead. David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon describes the dark plot against them: In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money : NPR

London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder

26 Apr

The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations’ files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog of the documents for the first time beginning Friday.

People will still have to visit the library in London or the US Holocaust Museum to read the actual files.The move is expected to increase interest in the archives of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, including the names of some 37,000 people identified as war criminals and security suspects. The commission operated in 1943-1949, but access to its records was restricted for political reasons in the early days of the Cold War.

Read the rest of Danica Kirka’s story on this at the Christian Science Monitor: London library makes denying the Holocaust a little harder – CSMonitor.com

The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island

24 Apr

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

A stranded American Indian woman lived alone on this remote California island for 18 years, inspiring the great children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. Her story, briefly told at Atlas Obscura, reminds us of the lamentable experience of Natives struggling to survive in a market-driven world of European-Americans: San Nicolas Island – Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California – Atlas Obscura

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Today in History – April 24 | Library of Congress

24 Apr

Happy 217th birthday, Library of Congress!: Today in History – April 24 | Library of Congress

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