Bhutan - The Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom.
'In 2005 the Australian monk Ven S Dhammika was invited to the remote
Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and spent ten days visiting the countries
monasteries, shrines and temples. We present some of the pictures he
took while in this rarely visited land and hope you enjoy them. '
'Among the documents presented at the Nuremberg trials by the prosecutors
was a small notebook that once belonged to a Leningrad schoolgirl Tanya
Savicheva. There are dates on six pages, with a death behind each one.
Six pages - six deaths. Nothing else, only brief and concise records and
a final remark...'
'Among the varied holdings of the Economic Botany Collection at Kew are
extensive collections of plant material used as medicines. The jewel of
these materia medica is undoubtedly the collection given in 1983 by the
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain...'
Modern Art from Africa.
'The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington DC
opened a permanent showcase for modern African art Sunday January 7,
2001. "While these artists embrace the artistry of their African
heritage," says exhibition curator Elizabeth Harney, "many express a
new identity born of exile or the immigrant experience where the
international artistic currents have as much influence upon their
works as the traditional methods of their African ancestors." Entitled
"Encounters with the Contemporary," the exhibition includes more than
60 works from around Africa - view a sample of them here.'
The Cyberpunk Project.
'A cyberspace well of files,
related to those aspects of being,
formed by modern life and culture. '
Kilmartin House, Argyll, Scotland.
'There are more than 350 ancient monuments within a six-mile radius of
the village of Kilmartin, Argyll: 150 of them are prehistoric. This
extraordinary concentration and diversity of monuments distinguishes the
Kilmartin valley as an area of outstanding archaeological importance.'
'Welcome to More Than Math. This website is home to challenging
activities based on integrating art into the North Carolina mathematics
curriculum. We hope you will enjoy the activities and looking at the
works of art on which they were based. '
Fully Awake: The Black Mountain College Experience.
'Black Mountain College was an experimental educational college founded
in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1933. Today the college
buildings remain, but its memory is often neglected. Fully Awake: The
Black Mountain College Experience, is a documentary film project that
explores the college's history and cultural impact. '
Mark Twain: Letters from the Earth.
'The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking. Behind him stretched the
illimitable continent of heaven, steeped in a glory of light and color;
before him rose the black night of Space, like a wall. His mighty bulk
towered rugged and mountain-like into the zenith, and His divine head
blazed there like a distant sun. At His feet stood three colossal
figures, diminished to extinction, almost, by contrast -- archangels --
their heads level with His ankle-bone...'
Julie's Tacky Treasures.
'What makes something a tacky treasure? A tacky treasure is, first of
all, tacky. However, to be a treasure, it must possess an additional
quality, which could be any one of these: a naïve yet ultimately flawed
effort to be sophisticated or stylish; a complete lack of shame in
exploiting poor taste; or a deliberate flaunting of poor taste as a
rebellion against established norms...'
'...By the end of the thirteenth century the great steppe empire
stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the plains of eastern Europe and
included most of Asia. Although the term Pax Mongolica is an
oversimplification, the cosmopolitan nature of the Mongol Empire
contributed to the stability of overland connections and trade routes.
The Mongol phenomenon, that a nomadic people of the inner Asian steppes
became masters of an enormous empire, continues to fascinate scholars
and students. The Pre-Modern Imperialism - The Mongols Web site is
intended to bring users into contact with recent scholarship, primary
material, scholarly essays, and online and print resources, among
other things. The Web site developer endeavors to provide this material
in an accessible and understandable fashion...'
The First Thanksgiving.
'In the fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 English colonists
gathered for a three-day harvest feast. How did Americans get from that
celebration to the Thanksgiving 'traditions' we observe
Paris - The 1890s. Art.
'In the last decade of the nineteenth century, Impressionism had been
overshadowed by various manifestations of Post-Impressionism-from the
work of Gauguin and Cézanne to that of Pointillists Seurat and Signac.
The fashion for things Japanese was widespread; the sinuous
curvilinearity of Art Nouveau was a powerful new force, as was
Miro's Black and Red Series.
'In 1938 the Spanish artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) created a
landmark series of eight etchings in black and red. This Web site
and the exhibition it accompanies celebrate The Museum of Modern
Art's acquisition of an entire set of these etchings. The site, like
the exhibition, is organized to explore several areas with impact on
the significance of the Black and Red Series. These are: the learning
process involved in the technique of etching; artistic currents of
Surrealism, the prevailing artistic movement; the social and political
effects of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39; and the specific imagery
in Miro's art at this time. '
Casablanca (1942). The movie.
'CASABLANCA (1942) is the ultimate classic movie. It may not
be the most moving or meaningful, but it has something for everyone,
and it's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and
every time find something you hadn't noticed before. In fact, I'm one
of those people who not only thinks that everyone should see it, but
who is also of the opinion that the more times you see it, the better
it gets. '
'As time goes by'.
The Papers of Justice Tom C. Clark.
'Tom C. Clark is, to date, the only Texan who has ever served on the
Supreme Court of the United States. Born in Dallas, Texas, September
23, 1899, Clark received his law degree from the University of Texas
in 1922. He joined the Justice Department in 1937 and rose through the
ranks. President Truman appointed him U.S. Attorney General in 1945.
In 1949, Truman appointed Clark to be an Associate Justice of the U.S.
Supreme Court. Clark resigned from the Court in 1967 when his son Ramsey
Clark was appointed Attorney General, and afterwards sat on the Courts of
Appeal in all eleven U.S. Circuits and in federal district court. On the
court, Clark was a staunch supporter of civil rights. He was also
well-known for his support of anticommunist policies during the Cold
'eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the
National Audubon Society, provides a simple way for you to keep track
of the birds you see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve
information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your
neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time
for your personal use. You can also access the entire historical
database to find out what other eBirders are reporting from across
North America. In addition, the cumulative eBird database is used by
birdwatchers, scientists, and conservationists who want to know more
about the distributions and movement patterns of birds across the
It's Getting Hot
'Its Getting Hot In Here is a log of the events (official and unofficial)
the first Meeting of the Parties(MOP-1) of the Kyoto Protocol in Montreal
the words and through the lenses of activists traveling thousands of
to witness this historic conference. '
Liberia Past and Present.
'In the beginning of the 19th century, groups of freed slaves and
mulattoes from the United States of America emigrated to the west coast
In 1847, 25 years after the first successful colonisation, they
proclaimed an independent Republic, which they named Liberia. At that
time they numbered about 3,000: men, women and children...'
US Congressional History. From the Office of
'To obtain profile, membership, leadership, and legislative information
for the 1st-108th Congresses, select from the Congress Overview list. To
view Roll Call votes only, select a Congress from the Roll Call Votes
Only list. Roll Call votes are available for the 101st Congress, 2nd
Session to the 108th Congress, 2nd Session.'
Reclaim Democracy: Wal-Mart.
'ReclaimDemocracy.org is devoted to restoring citizen authority over
corporations, rather than repeatedly fighting harms caused by individual
corporations. So why do we compile such a vast collection of information
on one company and help communities resisting its power? Simply because
Wal-Mart is perhaps the most visible symptom of the disease -- runaway
corporate power -- that we work to cure, and a magnet for prospective
supporters and activists who we hope will go on to address structural
Knock Marian Shrine, Knock, Co. Mayo,
'Welcome to Ireland's National Marian Shrine, which is located in County
Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland and the Western edge of Europe. '
'The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St.
Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock
Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and
old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an
internationally recognised Marian Shrine...'
We're prepared to pay the price of freedom, are you?
'After Blair's threat to jail any editor who reports the Bomb Al-Jazeera memo, we thought
there would be an outcry. Who would stand up for press freedom, or at least the freedom not to
be bombed to buggery?...'
Monsoon. Online magazine of South Asian
and diasporic literature.
'Monsoon Magazine's idea was born from a desire to fill in the gaps of
existing South Asian and South Asian diasporic literature and art with
a spectrum of beliefs. The deep-rooted connections of a shared history
give the countries of South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal,
Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) an experience that is universal and yet utterly
personal. What are these connections? Where have they brought us? And how
will they shape our future? These are some questions Monsoon Magazine
hopes to delve into and explore through its literature and art. '
The Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late
'This major international exhibition provides a detailed survey of the art
of Florence during the years that Michelangelo and artists employed by
the first Medici grand dukes-such as Cellini, Bronzino, and
Pontormo-produced celebrated masterpieces. Works by these artists
bolstered the wordly power and status of the ruling family and
reflected the sophistication and refinement of Florentine court circles,
in which high value was placed upon classical aesthetics and scientific
The Alger Hiss Trials 1949-50.
'No criminal case had a more far-reaching effects on modern American
politics than the Alger Hiss-Whittaker Chambers spy case. The case
catapulted an obscure California congressman named Richard Nixon to
national fame, set the stage for Senator Joseph McCarthy's notorious
Communist-hunting, and marked the beginning of a conservative
intellectual and political movement that would one day put Ronald
Reagan in the White House...'
Avebury Now. Stone circles.
'Around 4,500 years ago, when the site of England's capital was a thinly
inhabited marshland, the
area around Avebury almost certainly formed the neolithic equivalent of
By coincidence this waterway has become a link between the two largest
cultural centres of their
day to have ever existed in the British Isles. As London now contains
most of England's
largest buildings Avebury is the location of the mightiest megalithic
complex to have ever been
constructed in Britain. This henge with its enormous ditch, bank, stones
and avenues survives
in a much depleted state but the nearby Silbury Hill which is the
largest man-made mound
in pre-industrial Europe still dominates the surrounding landscape...'
Women of Protest.
'The National Woman's Party, representing the militant wing of the
suffrage movement, utilized open public demonstrations to gain popular
attention for the right of women to vote in the United States. Their
picketing, pageants, parades, and demonstrations-as well as their
subsequent arrests, imprisonment, and hunger strikes-were successful in
spurring public discussion and winning publicity for the suffrage cause.
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's
Party presents both images that depict this broad range of tactics as
well as individual portraits of organization leaders and members. The
photographs span from about 1875 to 1938 but largely date between 1913
and 1922. They document the National Woman's Party's push for
ratification of the 19th Amendment as well as its later campaign for
passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. This online presentation is a
selection of 448 photographs from the approximately 2,650 photographs in
the Records of the National Woman's Party collection, housed in the
Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. '
Clarke. British composer.
'Rebecca Clarke achieved what she called "my one brief whiff of fame" in
1919 when her viola Sonata tied for first place in a competition
sponsored by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Clarke lived much of her life
in the US, although she was born and educated in Great Britain. Striking
for its passion and power, her music spans a range of 20th-century
styles including Impressionism, post-Romantic, and neo-Classical.
Although she wrote nearly 100 works (including songs, choral works,
chamber pieces and music for solo piano), only 20 pieces were published
in her lifetime, and by the time of her death in 1979, at age 93, all of
these were long out of print...'
Science fiction haiku.
'SciFaiku is a form of poetry inspired by the Japanese haiku. SciFaiku
poems are short, minimal poems about science and science-fiction topics.
They are presented with direct, tangible images in clear and simple
Frank Sinatra's FBI File.
'Frank Sinatra, famous singer and actor, socialized with organized crime
figures. He was alleged to have bribed a doctor in order to obtain a 4-F
Selective Service classification.'
Anthony Papa. Outsider artist.
'Anthony Papa learned to talk with paint in Sing Sing. Yeah, that Sing
Sing. Put there by a country's out of whack drug laws. His story is
fascinating and continuing. '
'The Hakkas are a unique ethnic group of "Han" Chinese originally active
around the Yellow River area. They are thought to be one of the earliest
"Han" settlers in China. One theory has it that many of the early
Hakkas were affiliated with the "royal bloods". The truth may be more
complicated than that. It is highly likely that while Hakka may be a
stronghold of Han culture, Hakka people also have married other ethnic
groups and adopted their cultures during the long migration history of
Canuck: Canadian Soldiers.
'CANUCK at www.canadiansoldiers.com is the largest and most comprehensive
single source, online or off, regarding the unifoms, traditions, and
insignia of Canadian soldiers in the 20th Century. Over 5,500 images
on 500+ pages dealing with history, equipment, literature and more are
presented here for students of history, re-enactors, modellers, gamers,
serious researchers and anyone interested in the Canadian Army between
1900 and 1999. Serious contributions to site content, such as
information, photos, or anecdotes, are welcomed and will be fully
credited. This site is proud to be a member of the small but growing
community of those interested in this diverse and important subject
National Governors Association of the United
'The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the
nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s, most respected public
policy organizations. NGA provides governors and their senior staff
members with services that range from representing states on Capitol
Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing
policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking
seminars for state government executive branch officials. The NGA
Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices
on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare
reform, and the environment. NGA also provides management and technical
assistance to both new and incumbent governors.'
'HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which
employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth
navigation. For the most part, it is laid out in small segments or
"cards", true to its original development in HyperCard. The entire
environment is interconnected with thousands of links, reminiscent
of a neural network...'
Ancient Architects of the Mississippi.
'WONDERS OF GEOMETRIC PRECISION, the earthworks of the lower Mississippi
were centers of life long before the Europeans arrived in America. As
was the river itself. The alluvial soil of its banks yielded a bounty
of beans, squash, and corn to foster burgeoning communities. Over the
Mississippi's waters, from near and far, came prized pearls, copper,
'Today, most of the moundbuilders' legacy is gone. Many of their
earthworks have been plowed, pilfered, eroded, and built over. Yet
evidence of the culture remains. This website is part of an effort to
preserve the legacy that survives along the banks of the lower
Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library.
'This exhibit not only highlights the richness of the Library's
music-related collections but also draws attention to the treasures
"hidden" in less-than-obvious places. Here are unexpected riches from
among the Library's collections of books and scores and from the letters,
papers, photographs, and printed and manuscript music that together
document the career of an individual or the history of a cultural
organization. These are random samplings, then: we wait to see where
they will lead. '
'The history and suffering of Sikhs is one of the most important episodes
in the history of India. Guru Nanak Dev founded Sikhism in the fifteen
century and he was followed by nine Gurus (divine teachers or prophets).
Guru Angad developed the Gurumukhi script. Guru Ram Das laid the
foundation for the city of Amritsar. Guru Arjan Dev compiled the Adi
Granth, the sacred text of Sikhs...'
Helen Keller. American Foundation for the
'Helen Keller loved to celebrate birthdays! She frequently celebrated her
own birthdays with cake, candles, gloves, perfume, books, and more books.
This June 27, 2005, the American Foundation for the Blind celebrates
Keller's 125th birthday. To honor the anniversary, AFB invites you to
explore the following offerings...'
The Grimsby Chums. Lost to the Battle
of the Somme.
'Kitchener agreed to the creation of Battalions formed from men of a
common background. The men were of common occupations, professions,
sporting associations or even youth groups such as the Boy's Brigade
or Public Schools. The collective term for these Battalions became the
'Pals'. Of around 304 such Battalions, only one chose to become know
as the 'Chums'. These were the 'Grimsby Chums'...'
Ahua, the Water Language. A constructed language
for an imaginary country.
'The visitor to Ahua will at first sight see little unusual. Only the
particular architectural styles, clothing, food, and so forth appear to
distinguish Ahua from any other technologically developed culture. But
as everyone reading this volume will know, that first impression cannot
survive beyond the first encounter with the Ahuans' language. Even
without any knowledge about or understanding of the language, the first
thing that will strike the visitor is how few words they use. A
conversation between Ahuans appears to consist of short interjections
embedded in silence. A crowded bar does not present to the ear the
same continuous hub-bub that would be heard almost anywhere else in
the world, but conveys to an outsider the irresistible impression of
people muttering desultorily among themselves while waiting for something
else to happen. But they are not: that sporadic muttering is the Ahuans'
equivalent of an animated social arena...'
'Recognized around the world as the best source for completely fictional
news and information.'
The History of Cricket.
'Cricket's likeliest birthplace is the Weald, an area of arable land in
south-east England that lies across Kent and Sussex. The game was
probably devised by shepherds and farm workers sometime before 1300 and
perhaps as early as the 11th century...'
A cyber reconstruction of the world's largest
Mr. X, Consulting Resologist.
'Mr. X has a great interest in the life and works of the author Charles
Hoy Fort. He is a member of the International Fortean Organization. In
addition to contributing articles to the INFO Journal and other Fortean
publications, Mr. X long ago published the Res Bureaux Bulletin. Since
the demise of the Res Bureaux Bulletin, when printing and postal costs
became excessive, other resources have been developed, which will allow
the rapid processing and dissemination of information to researchers and
enthusiasts with Fortean interests, (such as the Internet). The purpose
of this web site is to provide a place where Mr. X can communicate with
those who share his interests in Charles Hoy Fort and Fortean things. '
'ThunderBird Walking: The Spiritual Journey of a DisAvowed American is
the epic tale of one man's struggle to make sense of childhood 'holy
war' conditioning before it could erupt into a personal armageddon.
'Written by an American University Alum and set against the backdrop of
walks and hikes in Grand Canyon, ThunderBird Walking is a captivating
memoir about the generational effects of war upon a family. '
Charles Deemer: A Literary Archive.
is a teacher and writer, primarily a scriptwriter through most of his
career. Since the 1980s he has been a pioneer in the new environmental
theater form called "hyperdrama," which are plays performed in real
spaces with a branching narrative and simultaneous scenes generated by
scripts written in hypertext. His seminal essays on the subject, What Is
Hypertext? and The New Hyperdrama, have been widely circulated and
Manet and the Sea.
'This landmark exhibition is devoted to the marine paintings of Edouard
Manet (1832-1883), a little-studied but highly significant aspect of
the career of the artist who is sometimes referred to as the father
Legends of Tuskegee.
'Who are the Legends of Tuskegee and what do they have in common?
Booker Taliafero Washington, George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee
Airmen all came to Tuskegee and created their own legends. Tuskegee is
more than a town located in Macon County, Alabama. It is an idea and an
ideal. It was a bold experiment and a site of major African-American
achievements for over 100 years. '
'In 1988, a year befor the wall came down, a group of students from
our school went to visit West-Berlin. Little did they know then, that
this would be their last chance to look at this infamous building. Here
are some pictures taken by two of the accompanying teachers, K.-H.
Renz and W. Mackamul.'
'lit. "priest warriors," were Buddhist warrior monks of feudal Japan.
At certain points of history they held considerable amount of power,
obliging daimyo to collaborate...'
'The history of the Mormons is a story of revelation, persecution, exodus,
and eventual triumph.'
'It is a story rich in prophets and the guidance of God - remarkably like
the story of the chosen people of the Bible.'
'And from the very first revelation, it was clear that the Mormons were
going to be, like the Jews, the outsiders - a people set aside...'
Greek Mythology. Many article links.
'Greek mythology comprises the collected narratives of Greek gods,
goddesses, heroes, and heroines, originally created and spread within an
oral-poetic tradition. Our surviving sources of mythology are literary
reworkings of this oral tradition, supplemented by interpretations of
iconic imagery, sometimes modern ones, sometimes ancient ones, as myth
was a means for later Greeks themselves to throw light on cult practices
and traditions that were no longer explicable. '
The Life of Abraham Lincoln.
"To my two older brothers, John Lewis Ketcham, and William Alexander
Ketcham, who under Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief Loyally served
their country in the war for the perpetuation of the Union and the
destruction of slavery, this book is affectionately dedicated..."
'Human nature is the fundamental nature and substance of humans, as well
as the range of human behavior that is believed to be invariant over
long periods of time and across very different cultural contexts.'
in Shropshire. A cradle of the Industrial Revolution.
'It is generally assumed that chess originated in India, 5-7 centuries
after the birth of Christ. At that time, the game was not as we know it.
During the course of history, many variants of the game were tried. Some
were discarded immediately, some had for some time an enthusiastic
following and then died out, while others stayed, and replaced the
game as it formerly was known. '
'Today, the game chess as we know it, has remarkable differences from the
original game. At the same time, in different parts of this world,
different chess games are played. These are also believed to originate
from the same Indian / Arabic origin. The most played variants are Shogi
(in Japan), and Xiangqi (in China). Other Asiatic countries know other
variants. Additionally, these games and the `Western' chess have many
variants, played by people that want something different for a change.
These pages want to describe such variants, and give pointers to places
that contain more material on them. '
Buddhism and Buddhists in China.
'This volume is the third to be published of a series on "The World's
Living Religions," projected in 1920 by the Board of Missionary
Preparation of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America. The
series seeks to introduce Western readers to the real religious life of
each great national area of the non-Christian world.'
Opera Stories from Wagner.
'In these stories you will find some wonderful giants.
You will find beautiful maidens who lived in a river.
You will find a large family of little black dwarfs who lived under the
river, and you will find a splendid hero.
The little children of Germany used to curl up in their mothers' arms,
when bedtime came, and listen to the stories of these strange people...'
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce.
'The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was
continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year
a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's
Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or
happiness to approve...'
Auroras: Paintings in the Sky.
'Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green
and red flames of light stretch across the sky. A glowing curtain of
light forms, waving and swirling above you. As the lights fade away the
dark night closes over you once again. '
'This site will show you what auroras look like on Earth and from space,
explain how they are created, and show you where they can be found.
Teach yourself using the "Self-Guided Lesson" button.'
'The Hardy Boys' adventures began in 1927 with the publication of the
first three books by Grosset & Dunlap. Frank and Joe are America's
normal teenage boys - almost! Courageous, daring, and bold: these are
the qualities that have made them loved by generations of readers. The
teen sleuths were children of Edward Stratemeyer, a man who owned many
children's series of the day - from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to The
Moving Picture Boys and Baseball Joe. Stratemeyer created the series
name, characters, and story ideas, then hired "ghostwriters" through his
Stratemeyer Syndicate. Seeing a need for a good detective series for
boys, he created Frank and Joe, then hired Leslie McFarlane, a young
Religious Reality, 1918.
'This is a book which is wanted. Thoughtful men, in every class, are not
afraid of theology, i.e. of a reasoned account of their religion, but
they want a theology which can be stated without conventions and
technicalities; they do not at all care for a religion which pretends to
do away with all mystery, but they are glad to be assured of the
essential reasonableness of the Christian Faith; they do not expect a
ready-made solution of the problem of evil, but they wish to see it
honestly faced; above all, they want to know how Christian truth bears
on the real problems of life; the best of them are not at all afraid of
a religion which makes big demands on them, but they know well enough
the difficulty of responding to those claims, and their greatest need of
all is to find and to use that life and power, coming from a living
Person, without which our best aspirations must fail and our highest
ideals remain unrealized.'
Angus Botanical Prints.
'Donald Angus' collection of botanical prints are housed at the Bishop
Museum, Foster Gardens, the National Tropical Botanical Garden, and the
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Hamilton Library. These exquisite
illustrations were published in monographs and journals mainly in
the 18th and 19th centuries. They reflect the enthusiasm of scientists,
and the popularity of the exotic flora being introduced and cultivated
in European botanical gardens...'
Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch.
'"Portraits by Ingres: Image of an Epoch" was a major international loan
exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum from October 5, 1999, through
January 2, 2000. It was the largest exhibition of portraits by the French
artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres ever presented outside France. The
forty paintings and ninety-two drawings on view offered a virtual Who's
Who of the ruling elite in France-the aristocracy of birth, beauty,
politics, wealth, and intellect. This feature presents sixteen portraits
by Ingres, together with illuminating details of each portrait and
related works from the exhibition and the Metropolitan's permanent
Painters in Paris: 1895-1950.
'During the first decades of the 20th century, France was host to many
foreign artists and Paris was central to the development of modern
Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861.
'This landmark exhibition explores the history of American art between
1825, when the Erie Canal was completed, and 1861, when the Civil War
began, through works created in and for New York City. '
London's Transport at War.
'To mark the UK's first Veterans Awareness Week (4-10 July 2005) and the
heroism and sacrifice of wartime transport staff, the Museum presents an
online feature tracing London Transport's contribution during the Second
Josh Slavin. Outsider artist.
'There's a black and blueness to Slavin; his art tenses the senses. Using
color like a blackjack, he leaves a mark on you, releasing a vision that
at first seems familiar but then you realize there's a knife in the
side of your head, not a toothpick behind your ear. '
Archaeology in Israel.
'Megiddo is an archaeologically unparalleled site
where one can literally see and touch and be inspired
by monuments from biblical times.
Megiddo appears in both the Old Testament and the New
Testament (as Armageddon). Megiddo is the only site in
the Levant mentioned in all great records of the
Ancient Near East: the Old and New Testaments on the
one hand, and Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite sources
on the other. Megiddo's stormy history covers over six
millennia, from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period in
the seventh millennium B.C.E. to the Persian period in
the mid-first millennium B.C.E. Megiddo is the only
site in the Land of the Bible with remains of thirty
cities built one on top of the other...'
'Archives and museums along the length of the River
Thames have formed the ThamesPilot partnership to make
freely available images and documents from their
'... We have created a web site using the material
provided by our partners for anyone who has an
interest in the Thames. It will tell stories and
provide material for local history, family research,
and other personal interest projects for communities
along the River Thames.'
'Visiting Kamakura is a favorite day trip or weekend
excursion for foreigners, who visit Tokyo on business
or for sightseeing. They said they had visited
Kamakura by themselves, but that it would have been
more enjoyable had they known more about Kamakura.
Unfortunately, there are few guidebooks for Kamakura
written in English, let alone by Japanese writers from
Japanese viewpoint. This fact encouraged us to
introduce Kamakura in English for international
'Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of
local resources that supports personal and scholarly
research of the area. This website enables access to
historic material held by the University of
Pittsburgh's University Library System, the Library &
Archives of the Historical Society of Western
Pennsylvania at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh
Regional History Center, and the Carnegie Museum of
Art. The project represents a model of cooperation
between libraries and museums in providing online
access to their respective materials.'
Ernst 1891-1976. Art.
Max Ernst was born on 2 April 1891 in Brühl, near
Cologne, the first son of Philipp Ernst, teacher of
the deaf and amateur painter, and his wife, Luise, née
Kopp. Max Ernst never received any formal artistic
training. In 1910-1914 he studied philosophy and
psychiatry at Bonn University and took a deep interest
in painting. '
'In 1914 Ernst got acquainted with Jean (Hans) Arp,
and their lifelong friendship began. With the outburst
of the First World War Ernst was conscripted to the
army, where he served in the field artillery till the
end of the war, never dropping his interest in art. It
was during the war, in 1916, when he took part in the
"Sturm" exhibition in Berlin. To the same period date
his first contacts with Dada artists...'
Mongolia: The Life of
Zanabazar, the First Bogd Gegen of Mongolia.
'The great empire founded by Chingis Khan was
basically a family enterprise, and like many family
enterprises it did not survive the third generation.
After Chingis's death in 1227 the empire remained
united under Ögedai, Chingis's second son and
successor, who ruled from 1228 to 1241, then under his
son Güyük (r.1246-48), and finally under Möngke, son
of Ögedai's youngest brother Tolui. Upon Möngke's
death in 1259 a war of succession broke out in
Mongolia between Möngke's two younger
brothers-Chingis's grandsons-Khubilai and Ariq
James Madison Papers.
'The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division
at the Library of Congress consist of approximately
12,000 items captured in some 72,000 digital images.
They document the life of the man who came to be known
as the "Father of the Constitution" through
correspondence, personal notes, drafts of letters and
legislation, an autobiography, legal and financial
documents, and miscellaneous manuscripts. '
William Mesny: The
Life and Adventures of
a British Pioneer in China.
'These are the stories of William Mesny of Jersey,
English Channel Islands, who landed in China in 1860,
at the age of 18, and made China his home until his
death in Hankow at the age of 77. Most of these
stories were originally featured in Mesny's Chinese
Miscellany, a weekly news magazine published by Mesny
in Shanghai between 1886 and 1905. These stories
recount his many adventures as a blockade runner on
the Yangtze River during the Taiping Rebellion, his
service in the Chinese Imperial Army during the Maio
Rebellion and his rise to Major General. He travelled
extensively throughout China during the latter half of
the 19th century. Among his many friends and
acquaintances during that period were such notables as
General Charles "Chinese" Gordon; Frederick Townsend
Ward; A. Hosie; Captain William Gill; Henry Fletcher
Hance; and many others. Mesny was an early activist
for the development of Chinese natural resources,
public schools and railways, for the benefit of all
the people of China.'
'A single father who muddles through the daily tasks
of raising his young daughter, Joe Humble is kind,
warm and completely confused. Juggling family, work
and domestic responsibilities keeps him hopping and
hoping that he will, one day, meet the woman of his
Stories from an
' "A fearful black cloud was rent by forked and
quivering bursts of flame, and parted to reveal great
tongues of fire…. Darkness fell, not the dark of a
moonless or cloudy night, but as if the lamp had been
put out in a dark room." '
'One of nature's most violent cataclysms was vividly
described by Pliny the Younger, who survived the
eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. But untold numbers were
buried in its volcanic debris, and a vibrant,
cosmopolitan society vanished overnight, while other
societies sprang up in its place. Now the exhibition
Pompeii: Stories from an Eruption brings this lost
world to life.'
largest, most complete, best preserved T. Rex.