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This N.C. Wyeth illustration was the endpaper for a volume of Last of the Mohicans.
N.C. Wyeth is, next to Norman Rockwell, probably one of the best-known illustrators of the twentieth century. By name alone, people associate him with quintessentially American art—paintings depicting the wide-open Western frontier, peaceful small-town life, and memorable depictions of literary classics like Treasure Island . But there was a dark side to the man behind the art. Born Newell...
Damaged buildings along Tradd Street in Charleston, S.C., show the destructive power of an earthquake.
If you live near the mid-Atlantic coast, you may have noticed it. On Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 4:47 p.m., doors and windows rattled, tree branches shuddered, and floors vibrated as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the region. The tremor’s pulse, which only lasted a few seconds, registered as far north as New York City and as far south as Northern Virginia. Seismologists have identified the...
A crew member aboard the International Space Station photographed this night image of Paris, France, in 2013.
Every summer, armchair astronomers look forward to the spectacle known as the Perseid meteor shower. But with each passing year, the celestial display is getting harder to see. Meteor showers like the Perseids are best seen in a dark sky, and truly dark skies are increasingly hard to come by. At issue is light pollution brought on by the use and overuse of artificial light at night. The sprawl of...
Women protest the ERA in the Florida legislature, where it failed to pass, in 1979.
On Aug. 26, 1920, women gained the right to vote when the 19th amendment became the law of the land. For the suffragists who had been fighting for a woman’s right to vote, it was a sweet victory but hardly the end of their 72-year battle for equality. They set their sights on a new goal—passing what they called the Lucretia Mott Amendment in honor of a nineteenth-century women’s rights activist...
Ancient Roman aqueduct in Segovia.
The realm of invention encompasses a range of topics. To date, the Tribune ’s inventor series has covered the stories of men and women who have contributed to a vast array of important fields, including mechanics, chemistry, communications, and electronics. These inventors and engineers, however, have often been tied individually to specific designs and creations, which is why we’ve decided to...
Movie theater.
Looking for a great last-minute gift for a movie lover? Consider a subscription to a relatively new service that seems almost too good to be true. For just $9.95 a month, a MoviePass subscriber can see one movie a day. That’s right! An annual subscription comes to $119.40 and entitles the subscriber to see 365 films in a movie theater. By comparison, a Netflix subscription costs between $7.99 and...
The Statue of Liberty being built in France.
An intense debate about public statues has erupted across the nation. Does a town square statue of a Confederate general belong in the twenty-first century? If we are to learn from history, is it wrong to remove icons of a past age? Is it fair to judge our forefathers through the prism of modern-day values? As the debate wages on, the most American of statues stands far above the fray. At 305’ 1...
The Vince Guaraldi Trio.
When you hear the music of Vince Guaraldi, any number of thoughts, emotions, and reactions follow. You may experience a flood of memories from Christmases past; you’ll probably feel happy and playful; and you’ll almost certainly smile and snap your fingers. As far as Jazz musicians go, Guaraldi was one of the most talented piano players of the twentieth century. His unforgettable melodic runs—now...
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Nicole Williams’ townhome flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Williams, left, pictured with Eagle’s Trace resident Jane Weaver, works as a home support aide and is among the community’s 220-plus employees impacted by the storm.
The floodwaters were steadily rising in Nicole Williams’ townhome when she called the Texas National Guard for help. “The water was up to my waist,” says Williams, a home support aide who works at Eagle’s Trace , the Erickson Living community in West Houston. “I knew we needed to evacuate.” As Hurricane Harvey swept across the Texas Gulf Coast, unleashing a torrent of water, Williams, her nine-...