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Frederick Douglass, Once Enslaved, Became an Abolitionist Leader

Frederick Douglass, Once Enslaved, Became an Abolitionist Leader

 Frederick Douglass was a formerly enslaved man who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War. After that conflict and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, he continued to push for equality and human rights until his death in […]

by · February 6, 2024 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Ship Figureheads Would Calm Neptune

Ship Figureheads Would Calm Neptune

By Rosemary McKittrick  And there’s many a story that could be told  Of the fine figureheads that were chiseled of old  On the dreary sands they crumble today  From Terra del Fuego to Baffins Bay.  –19th century naval officer  The golden-haired figurehead in her white and green gown seems confident and casual about her ability to calm Neptune. Battling the […]

by · February 6, 2024 · 0 comments · Feature Article
Discovering Space Exploration Collectibles

Discovering Space Exploration Collectibles

By Robert Reed  From Apollo mission patches to chunks of rocket ships collectors are increasingly discovering the out-of-the-world appeal of space collectibles.  Space-related things from vintage postcards to signed photographs are attracting followers.  The second edition of Today’s Hottest Collectibles lists space collectibles as one of the more potential fields currently. Included are promotional booklets, media kits, pinback buttons, and […]

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What Is It? January 2024

What Is It? January 2024

Marjorie McLaren of Anchorage Alaska tells us January’s What Is It appears to be a vintage woven rattan and bamboo Chinese pillow basket, probably made in the mid 20th century. The basket has a woven rattan top and bottom surrounded by a red lacquered bamboo structure. The hardware is likely brass and appears to be missing a locking mechanism, which might have been a strip […]

by · January 2, 2024 · 0 comments · What Is It?
The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo

The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo

 The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Jan. 6-21, 2024, celebrates Denver’s rich cowtown roots and is a cherished Colorado tradition since 1906.  The National Western Stock Show is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world.  It provides education in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture […]

by · January 2, 2024 · 0 comments · Feature Article