Rebuilt slave sites being unveiled at Jefferson's Monticello

May 3, 2015

Rebuilt slave sites being unveiled at Jefferson's Monticello

The first log slave quarters with dirt floors to be rebuilt at Thomas Jefferson’s home were formally unveiled Saturday at Monticello, and descendants of more than 100 slaves from the third president’s plantation marked the occasion in Virginia. Re-creating structures to represent slave life ...

May 1, 2015

Obama chooses Chicago to host his presidential library

President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama’s ...

Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

Apr 30, 2015

Portrait of Bach heading back to Leipzig

A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach that was one of only two known to have been painted in Leipzig during his lifetime will return after more than 265 years to the German city where he worked and is buried. E.G. Haussmann’s 1748 portrait of ...

China's first museum on filial piety opens

Apr 3, 2015

China's first museum on filial piety opens

What makes a good son or daughter? At China’s first museum dedicated to the topic of filial piety, the answer seems to be: almost superhuman levels of devotion and sacrifice. Respect for family elders has been a cornerstone of Chinese culture for millenniums, but ...

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Mar 1, 2015

Baghdad museum reopens 12 years after looting

Iraq’s national museum officially reopened Saturday after 12 years of painstaking efforts during which close to a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the U.S.-led invasion were recovered. The reopening was brought forward in what officials said was a response to the destruction of ...

U.S. news museum remembers slain journalist Goto

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. news museum remembers slain journalist Goto

Slain freelancer Kenji Goto is being remembered at a U.S. museum devoted to reporters and their trade. The exhibition at the Newseum news and journalism museum in Washington describes Goto, seen in a photo smiling and holding a TV camera, as a veteran war ...

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

| Feb 13, 2015

Display of ancient tablets fuels looting debate

by Daniel Estrin

At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay. But the 2,500-year-old treasures from present-day Iraq have become part of a thorny archaeological debate over how to ...