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In this installment of interviews with OI Book authors about the Semiquincentennial, Hannah Farber discusses marine insurance—a topic that seems below the surface but that nonetheless had a significant impact on the Revolution and American independence. Her 2021 book, Underwriters of the United States: How Insurance Shaped the American Founding, navigates a cast of financial actors who worked behind the scenes to create American independence and an American economy. In your introduction, you arg

Newport Historical Society

Located in the 1762 Brick Market designed by Peter Harrison, our award-winning Museum is the perfect place to begin a visit to Newport. Shop endlessly interesting products!...

Women at the Center

Curatorial Scholar Keren Ben-Horin writes about Elizabeth How, ancestor to Alexander McQueen and inspiration to his Fall/Winter 2007 Collection...

The Charleston Museum

This is an exciting month for The Charleston Museum as January 12 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of a “museum,” that would eventually become the wonderful institution we know today. Comprised of some of the leading learned men of the colony of South Carolina, the Charlestown Library...

Age of Revolutions

By Erica Johnson Edwards Warning:  This piece contains an image of torture/controlling devices for enslaved. In November 2022, I accompanied three colleagues on a trip to the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados to explore a possible study abroad partnership. As a part of the visit,...


Understanding puzzles as agents of disorder runs counter to a common interpretation that associates puzzles with the quest for and ultimate affirmation of order. The post <em>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</em> The Jigsaw Puzzle: Jumbling the Pieces of Stowe’s Story appeared first on Commonplace...

Borealia: Early Canada

Nathan Ince On July 14, 1832, Jacob Sahkeconabe was shot and killed by Joseph Graverod. Both individuals involved in this tragedy were young, variously described as boys, youths, or young men, but otherwise they came from different backgrounds.[1] Sahkeconabe belonged to the Anishinaabe community of...