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Celebrate Black History Month at the Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian invites the public to celebrate Black History Month in February through a series of vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at various museums around the Institution. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated.

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The Davis Museum at Wellesley College Announces Seven Exhibitions Opening in February

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The Davis Museum at Wellesley College presents seven exhibitions this spring. The first U.S. museum retrospective of Iranian master Parviz Tanavoli, along with Rembrandt and the Landscape Tradition, and Michael Craig-Martin: Reconstructing Seurat will be on view February 10 – June 7.

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13th Amendment Is the Most Important, Says Historian

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University, Museum Collaborate to Put One Woman’s Holocaust Story Into Digital Exhibit

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Dressmaker Hedy Strnad vanished during the Holocaust. Now, people worldwide will be able to learn her story, thanks to a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. The digital exhibit, the first developed by UWM’s Digital Humanities Lab, is at http://liblamp.uwm.edu/omeka/A/.

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Missouri S&T Historian Examines Gangster Bugsy Siegel in New Book

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Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was a successful, charismatic and tough gangster, but he was neither a visionary who founded the Las Vegas Strip nor a pathological killer, says Missouri University of Science and Technology historian Larry Gragg in his biography of the mobster.

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Award-Winning Poet Gives Voice to Traumatic Memories

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Beth Bachmann, whose first poetry collection explored how her world changed through a violent personal loss, has expanded her focus to the psychological effect of traumatic memories on soldiers and others affected by war.

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Experts with the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies Available to Comment on the Death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the Political Crisis in Yemen

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82-Year-Old Reveals Childhood Memories at College Orphanage

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Lola (Swedlund) Stampe sat on a secret for 82 years. Though she’s not exactly sure why, Lola never told anyone she was an orphan in South Dakota State College’s practice cottage in the 1930s. “I guess I just kind of washed it out of my memory,” said Lola. Not unusual for colleges in the early 1900s, South Dakota State College operated a Home Management House beginning in 1921, where home economic students lived and cared for an orphan as part of an internship.

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Expert: Martin Luther King’s Vision Makes Progress, Still Not Fulfilled

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New Book Examines Effects of Napoleon's Conquests Beyond the Battlefields

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A West Virginia University history professor has led an international team of historians on a study of economic warfare during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The result— a collection of essays offering new perspectives on the consequences of Napoleon Bonaparte’s European conquest.