Bill Cunningham to Be Focus of Upcoming Exhibition at the New York Historical Society

BILL’S NEW YORK: Street photographer Bill Cunningham was unquestionably a man of the city. The sidewalks of New York were his round-the-clock runway. Now the New York Historical Society has announced a special exhibition, “Celebrating Bill Cunningham,” that will be view on June 8 through Sept. 9.
Friends and friends’ family members of The New York Times lensman, who died in 2016 at the age of 87, provided the wide-ranging items for the show. Some New Yorkers will recognize the bicycle he used to pedal to and from assignments regardless of the weather or the hour. There’s also the “Bill Cunningham Corner” street sign that was temporarily installed at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the photographer’s preferred perch. Visitors to the Upper West Side museum will also find his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D 35mm, and his signature sparrow blue jacket. Other mementos include photographs of Cunningham with friends and correspondence, including handmade Valentines he liked to send to friends.
After moving to New York from his home state of Massachusetts, Cunningham worked for a period as a milliner under the label William J. The hats that will be displayed will include a beach one, as well as

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Adds Historical Figure Nicolas Flamel

A few familiar characters from Harry Potter will be featured in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel.

As detailed by Pottermore, the famous alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and discovered the Elixir of Life, will appear in Fantastic Beasts 2. The character will be portrayed by Brontis Jodorowsky.

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Taylor Swift’s Beverly Hills Home Is Almost a Historical Landmark

Taylor Swift can add “conservator” to her long list of titles.

The singer, actress, composer, philanthropist and serial surpriser has been hard at work recently, restoring her $ 25 million Beverly Hills home — which she bought in September 2015 — to its original 1934 condition.

She did such a good job that the property, previously the family estate of iconic Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn, got the seal of approval by the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission — whose five members voted on Wednesday to make Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” come true and turn her new digs into a local landmark, Mansion Global reported.

(The Beverly Hills City Council will have to finalize the historic designation in an future, still-unscheduled ruling — but Swift’s win with the Heritage Commission is considered a major first step).

So just what has Swift’s architects been doing to the property over the past year? Well, plenty.

The 11,000-square-foot stucco and brick house features two stories, four bedrooms and a guest suite above the garage, according to Mansion Global. The grounds also include a swimming pool, tennis court, cabana, and tool shed.

The main house’s 100-year-old double-hung oversized windows have gotten a major rehab — as have the columns in the pool cabana and plaster moulding on the curved interior staircase, which were in serious need of some reconstruction, according to the outlet.

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The wooding fencing on the property from nearly a century ago was also reconstructed. And the wisteria foliage on part of the exterior of the house? That’s been placed onto temporary scaffolding until while workers finish the facade.

“Really when this project’s done, hopefully this year sometime soon, it’s going to be really spectacular,” Swift’s architect Monique Schenk said at the commission meeting on Wednesday, Mansion Global reported. “We’ve preserved and maintained a lot of the elements and those that were deteriorating, we’ve replicated.”

A historic designation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, of course. If approved, the city will have to sign-off an any future construction to ensure the historic integrity of the property is not being altered.

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Dominique Dawes On The Historical Significance Of ‘Hidden Figures’

Dominique Dawes wants to help push the stories of three visionary black women to the forefront of America’s history after taking a special interest in a new film.

The three-time Olympic gymnast has shared her celebrity influence in her studio promotion of Fox 20th Century’s upcoming film, “Hidden Figures.” Starring Taraji P. Henson (as Katherine Johnson), Octavia Spencer (as Dorothy Vaughn) and Janelle Monáe (as Mary Jackson), the film highlights the untold true story of three African-American women mathematicians who provided NASA with integral data during astronaut John Glenn’s historical orbit in 1962.

Following her discovery of the trio’s inspiring story in June, Dawes told HuffPost that it was the perfect opportunity for her to promote “such an inspiring” movie. During the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Dawes helped to introduce the film’s trailer on the NBC network. 

“I know I’ve been blessed to inspire thousands of young girls with the desire to step inside the gymnastics gym, just as I know Simone Manuel being the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming is going to inspire so many more young African-American girls to jump into the pool,” she said.

“I know this story is going to inspire thousands and thousands of young African-American girls to get involved in science and technology and engineering, and math. I’m excited to promote it, but I’m excited to see it, because I know it’s gonna touch thousands.”

Similar to the trio breaking barriers in their respective field, Dawes has helped paved the way for athletes of color including Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Maryland-native became the first African-American to win an individual Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics.

She is also the first African-American to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics.

Though there was a lack of black representation in the sport during her milestone journey, Dawes says she is proud to be associated with a film ―by introducing the first trailer ― that will inspire people to pursue their dreams.

“As a young person I didn’t need to see someone that looked like me, or come from the same environment as me to achieve or break a barrier,” she said. “And I think some people don’t need to see people that look like them, but some people do. They need to see someone in the gymnastics gym or someone in the pool, or someone working in NASA for them to say ‘oh, if they can do it, I can do it, too.’

“I love the fact that ‘Hidden Figures’ is going to inspire those group of girls that maybe need that little boost to say, ‘Hey, take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. You might be able to break down a barrier, as well.’”

In terms of advice for other people vying to break barriers in their respective fields, the 39-year-old says people should embrace and celebrate their “uniqueness” and pursue their talent with passion.

“I think a lot of people do not feel as if they’re special or do not feel as if they’re gifted,” she said. “And I think if you put things into perspective and recognize how unique each and every one of our stories are, hopefully it’ll encourage someone to celebrate that uniqueness about them.”

“Hidden Figures” is set to hit theaters on Jan. 13. Check out the film’s trailer below.

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Old Folks Talking: Historical Sketches of Boxley Valley on Buffalo River

Old Folks Talking: Historical Sketches of Boxley Valley on Buffalo River

This work endeavors to present some of the history of the people who settled Boxley Valley, a cultural landscape some seven miles long, located on the upper Buffalo River, Newton County, Arkansas. The historical sketches of this book are taken mostly from oral histories of the valley’s residents. Product DetailsAuthor: Jim Liles, Buffalo River NPSSoftcover; 434 pages ISBN: 1-59091-052-4
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Berlin’s German Historical Museum Looks Back On 150 Years Of Gay Milestones

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s main national history museum on Wednesday launched an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term “homosexual,” the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which is staging it together with the capital’s privately run Gay Museum, has been four years in the planning but is opening amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for same-sex couples. They have been able to enter civil partnerships since 2001 but much of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party is reluctant to go further. Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said at the show’s presentation that it “puts the current debate about legal equality into a historical context.” She said it shows “how hard-fought the progress we can speak of today was, not just legally but also in society’s perceptions.”

The show, “Homosexuality_ies,” opens to the public Friday and runs through Dec. 1, featuring photo and film material, artifacts including an electric shock device used for “aversion therapy” in the 1950s and an “A to Z” section exploring issues ranging from gay marriage to censorship.

One of the earliest exhibits is a handwritten 1868 letter from Vienna-born writer Karl Maria Kertbeny to a German advocate of legal reform, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, which is believed to be the oldest written record anywhere of the words “homosexual” and “heterosexual.”

It also features the work of scientists such as sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld, whose pioneering Institute for Sexual Research was shut down and looted shortly after the Nazis took power in 1933. The Nazi regime toughened the 1872 law criminalizing sex between men; West Germany changed the so-called “paragraph 175” to decriminalize it only in 1969.

Nazi Germany convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps. A room in the exhibition titled “In the Pink Triangle” explores the stories of men and women caught up in Nazi persecution.

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To The Four Corners: Exciting and Personal Around-the-World Travel Stories Entwined with Dramatic Historical Episodes

To The Four Corners: Exciting and Personal Around-the-World Travel Stories Entwined with Dramatic Historical Episodes

Gene''s new book, To The Four Corners, gives inspiration to all those who love to travel. No matter which one of the four corners of the world you choose to visit, his stories will enhance your journey. His own personal accounts of each of his adventures make the tales interesting and exciting. We recommend it to our clients as a ''must-read'' and suggest it to shorten an otherwise long plane ride.
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Gene''s latest book, like his first, deals with his favorite subject, travel. In it he takes us to many exciting places he visited the last decade or two. This time he tells us of his trips while imagining his worldwide travel heroes are alongside. His four historic companions are Alexander The Great in the Middle East, Julius Caesar going to Western Europe, Marco Polo to the Far East, and finally Christopher Columbus to the Americas.

He shares his tales with you in a fun and enjoyable manner. When Gene is asked what is his favorite place to visit, the rest of the evening is a wonderful travelogue. His friends enjoy listening to the many places they too would love to see. This is the best criteria of a good storyteller.
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Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia

Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the world’s oldest countries; its Rift Valley may be the location where the ancestors of humankind originated more than four million years ago. With a population of 67 million people today, it is the third most populous country on the African continent after Nigeria and Egypt. It is the source of 86 percent of the water reaching the Aswan Dam in Egypt, most of it carried by the amazing Blue Nile. Ethiopia offers major historical sites such as the pre-Christian palace at Yeha, the stele and tombs of the old Kingdom of Axum, and the rock-carved churches of Lalibela. For anyone interested in Ethiopia, this historical dictionary, through its individual and carefully cross-referenced entries, captures the importance and intrigue of this truly significant African nation. Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia appeals to all levels of readers, providing entries for each of Ethiopia’s 85 ethnic groups and covering a broad range of cultural, political, and economic topics. Readers interested in the cultural aspects or who are planning to visit Ethiopia will find a wealth of entries on art, literature, handicrafts, music, dance, bird life, geography, and historic tourist sites. Practitioners in government and non-governmental organizations will find entries on pressing economic, social, and political issues such as HIV/AIDS, female circumcision, debt, human rights, and the environment. The important historical role of missionaries and the combination of conflict and cooperation between Christians and Muslims in the region are also issues reviewed. And, finally, many of the entries highlight relations between Ethiopia and her neighbors-Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, and Sudan. In the bibliography, considerable emphasis has been placed on including both new and old materials covering all facets of Ethiopia, organized for easy identification by areas of major interest.

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Leviathan Movie CLIP – Historical Perspective (2014) – Andrey Zvyagintsev Russian Drama HD

A present day social drama spanning multiple characters about the human insecurity in a “new country” which gradually unwinds to a mythological scale concerning the human condition on earth entirely.
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Unleashed: A Highland Historical Trilogy

Unleashed: A Highland Historical Trilogy

Meet the MacLauchlan Berserkers. Roderick – He’s death for hire, cursed by a malicious enemy who left him unable to speak. She’s a refugee with a dangerous secret that could cost her life. Outnumbered by thousands, he’s fated to die in battle like so many Berserkers before him. Could the strength of their love defy destiny? Connor – He’s a mercenary Laird who fears nothing but the darkness inside him. She’s a noble beauty, sold to the highest bidder. He mistakenly rescues her from a fate worse than death, but now she’s his captive. They must battle their pride and their explosive attraction to each other in order to defeat a common enemy who threatens the clan’s survival. Finn – He’s a nameless bastard, stalking the Highlands bent on revenge and murder when he stumbles on an infant deserted in the snow. She’s a desperate woman who’s lost everything, including her dignity. They are three of the world’s Unwanted. On a snowy Solstice night, their tale becomes one of blood and vengeance, of love, redemption, and forging the bonds that make a family.

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Historical Lectures and Essays.

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bTitle:/b Historical Lectures and British Library, Historical Print Editionsbr/br/The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is one of the world’s largest research libraries holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, patents, maps, stamps, prints and much more. Its collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 GENERAL HISTORICAL collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. This varied collection includes material that gives readers a 19th century view of the world. Topics include health, education, economics, agriculture, environment, technology, culture, politics, labour and industry, mining, penal policy, and social order. br/br/++++br/The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification:br/++++br/br/b<Source Library>/b British Librarybr/b<Contributors>/b Kingsley, Charles; br/b<Original Pub Date>/b<Physical Description>/b 8

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Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Since the time of its publication in 1884, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" has generated heated controversy. One of the most frequently banned books in the history of literature, it raises issues of race relations, censorship, civil disobedience, and adolescent group psychology as relevant today as they were in the 1880s. This collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary captures the stormy character of the slave-holding frontier on the eve of war and highlights the legacy of past conflicts in contemporary society. Among the source materials presented are: memoirs of fugitive slaves, a river gambler, a gunman, and Mississippi Valley settlers; the Southern Code of Honor; rules of dueling; and an interview with a 1990s gang member. These materials will promote interdisciplinary study of the novel and enrich the student’s understanding of the issues raised. The work begins with a literary analysis of the novel’s structure, language, and major themes and examines its censorship history, including recent cases linked to questions of race and language. A chapter on censorship and race offers a variety of opposing contemporary views on these issues as depicted in the novel. The memoirs in the chapter Mark Twain’s Mississippi Valley illuminate the novel’s pastoral view of nature in conflict with a violent civilization resting on the institution of slavery and shaped by the genteel code of honor. Slavery, Its Legacy, and Huck Finn features 19th-century pro-slavery arguments, firsthand accounts of slavery, the text of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, and opposing views on civil disobedience from such 19th- and 20th-century Americans as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen A. Douglas, and William Sloane Coffin. Nineteenth-century commentators on the Southern Code of Honor and Twain’s sentimental cultural satire directly relate the novel to the social and cultural milieu in which it was written. Each chapter closes with study questions, student project ideas, and sources for further reading on the topic. This is an ideal companion for teacher use and student research in English and American history courses.
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