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Melvina's Descendants, Michelle Obama's Cousins

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Back in 2009, I traced the then-new First Lady's family tree back four or five generations on all branches, but of all the ancestors I uncovered, it was a great-great-great-grandmother named Melvina Shields McGruder who captured my attention.

9 Iconic Movie Sets, Starring ...The Antiquities Act

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy An R2-D2 figure visits Death Valley National Park (also known as the planet Tatooine in "Sta...

The No. 1 Song This Summer

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

There is one way to ensure the music of the summer reverberates into the fall and beyond. It is by discovering the song of the soul. The No. 1 hit will not be found on Billboard's charts or iTunes but inside of you and is waiting to be sung. It is music that will last forever.

How-to Criss-Cross France by Foot -- in Half a Day

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Like all theme parks, France Miniature also offers rides and games for children of all ages. I was always a big fan of doll houses, tree houses, and all things miniature, like model trains and mini copies of actual cities.

Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Is Good for Veterans

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks is the crossroads of New Mexico's diverse history and culture, filled with natural wonders and incredible hunting and recreational opportunities.

The Biggest Travel Bummer Might Just Be...

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.19.2014 | Travel

If you've ever traveled far and long to see a famous monument, you know it's an exciting experience. But what happens when you arrive at that renowned...

Make Your Mark On The Great Wall Of China

Posted 03.06.2014 | Travel

Have you always wanted to leave your mark on a monument that's more than 2,000 years old? Well, now you can. The Great Wall of China will create a...

10 Confederate Monuments You Probably Didn't Know About

Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel

Did you know that Confederate monuments and memorials stand in many states today? Here are ten you may not have known about... 1. Confederate ...

7 Unfinished Landmarks Around The World

Posted 12.05.2013 | Travel

Monuments and landmarks take a lot of hard work to complete. And unfortunately sometimes there's just not enough money or manpower to finish the proje...

Insider Secrets of Rome

Budget Travel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. Here are some can't-miss tips for making yourself at home in the Eternal City.

Adopt an Ancient Theatre

Stavros Benos | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Stavros Benos

Diazoma is a citizens' platform, which, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, tries to put the love for monuments and cultural heritage of Greece into practice. Diazoma focuses on the restoration of ancient venues for spectators and audiences and the focusing of resources necessary for their rehabilitation.

Awesomeness From Alaska To Wyoming

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2013 | Travel

With 50 states, 59 national parks, countless museums, monuments and attractions, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do in America. O...

Washington's Monuments in Minutes? Yes, You Can!

Kari Haugeto | Posted 08.07.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Did I say "all" the monuments in one day"? Yeah, more or less.

Memorial Day Honored As Monuments Decay, Funds Dry Up

AP | ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU — On the shoreline of Hawaii's most famous beach, a decaying structure attracts little attention from wandering tourists. A few glance...

10 Free Things to Do in Cagliari, Sardinia (That Won't Suck)

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.23.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

From incredible beaches to flamingo-filled parks, Cagliari, the capital of Italy's feisty little island of Sardinia, is all about its history and shares its love for food, culture and music for free.

The Road of Damascus: Shared Heritage Imperiled by a Savage Civil War

Paul Gunther | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Syria endures as one of the world's greatest cultural crossroads. Its architectural and archeological record lends dignity and pride of place to its citizens. The question today is, can this precious national patrimony survive another year or even a few more months?

WATCH: Hilarious Tourists At The Eiffel Tower

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 01.12.2013 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

Filled with awe, excitement and an extra spring in their step, on any given day you will find the square at Trocadéro flooded with hundreds of smiling citizens of the world, people who have traveled thousands of miles just to see this famous structure, to stand in front of it alone, with their family, their friends, their enemies or their fiancés, with the common goal of "capturing" this oh-so-precious moment.

Four Freedoms Finally Opens as a Coda to Second Presidential Debate

Paul Gunther | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Paul Gunther

Regardless of what Tuesday's debate results herald in its instantaneous wake, all Americans and those who admire us should take stock the morning after to recall the essential principles that have animated our nation's abiding purpose as the four freedoms at last summarize with lapidary precision.

Most Valuable Monument?

Posted 08.23.2012 | Travel

Most travelers would say that major world monuments like the Eiffel Tower or the Duomo are priceless. But, a new Italian study shows that you can put ...

Christians, Primaries and the Constitiution

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It is sort of a second coming. Not the kind you may have thought of at first. It's a second coming of state Supreme Court Justices.

The Paterno Statue as Object Lesson: The Demise of Public Art and Monuments Built Before Their Time

Paul Gunther | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Paul Gunther

2012-07-25-Screenshot20120725at11.42.49AM.pngThe demolition of Joe Paterno's premature bronze tableau sadly exemplifies the peril of a certain kind of hubris.

The Paterno Monument: Beware Hubris

Paul Gunther | Posted 09.18.2012 | Home
Paul Gunther

The Paterno monument was ill considered from the get-go. Even if one still worships him, that should be the kindest, unanimous, retroactive refrain. With a decision pending any day let that fact be the guiding decision-maker.

Issa Wants To Delay Eisenhower Mem'l Action

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is asking for further delay in approving the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near th...

National Monument to Peace and Peacemakers

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.23.2012 | DC
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The United States embodies a beautiful and noble concept, a vibrant idea, a vital and enduring vision. While we as a country may be involved in a process and a progression toward that vision, we have not yet attained and reached it. The country is, rather, still a work in process.

The Secularization of the MLK Monument

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Even though Dr. King was a Baptist minister and his history-altering speeches about civil liberties are saturated with references to natural rights and profound theological constructs, all 14 quotes carefully etched into his stone monument completely eschew references to God.