History

The arrogance of the new

South America | At Brazil’s Museum of Tomorrow, the past is inferior and the future is trouble
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/16/20, 03:21 pm

What respect do we owe the aged—not just old people but old books, artifacts, buildings, and ideas that aren’t woke? 

My wife and I walked around Rio de Janeiro in December and saw beautiful old buildings including the Municipal Theater and the National Library—but not Brazil’s oldest scientific institution, the National Museum. A fire in 2018 destroyed it and its nearly 20 million natural history and anthropological artifacts, along with 470,000 volumes and 2,400 rare works. 

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Washington crosses the Delaware

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 12/26/19, 11:25 am

Gen. George Washington and his Continental Army troops faced freezing rain, snow, and high winds when they crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776, but reenactors found fair weather on Christmas Day this year. The event celebrating a turning point in the American Revolution drew an estimated 5,000 people to the river’s banks in Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J., after organizers canceled the crossing the previous two years because of bad weather.

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A Heart Mountain reunion

History | Formerly interned Japanese Americans gather 75 years after the Supreme Court decision that ended their exile 
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 11/21/19, 12:41 pm

The holiday season is a time for extended family reunions. A huge one came earlier this year for Japanese Americans smiling and embracing in the Holiday Inn lobby here. From the lobby’s leather couch, 90-year-old Bacon Sakatani gazed at the gathering from under bushy gray eyebrows and a Korean War veteran’s cap. His wrinkled skin, stretched over high cheekbones, crinkled with the smile of a thankful grandfather watching his loved ones gather.

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