In the late 19th century, George W. Vanderbilt II opened a mansion on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. Called Biltmore, it was the largest home to ever be built in America, and a wonder of Gilded...
When systemic racism tried to stop them, South Bend residents built a “nice neighborhood” for themselves. You may have heard that South Bend’s mayor is running for president. With Mayor Pete in the...
When you think of Texas in the 19th century, you undoubtedly picture cowboys, Native Indians, and colorful immigrants all fighting for survival on the wild Texas frontier. Joining their ranks is the iconic, oil-crazy wildcatter, who burst...
When you think of Texans, what comes to mind? Cowboy? Oil tycoon? Astronaut? Philanthropist? Sure, Texas history is filled with these outsized characters, but other iconic Texans are the innovators, the tinkerers, the mad scientists, and the...
This postcard from the early 1900s shows the black-and-white checkerboard grand walkway leading from Eleventh Street to the capitol’s south entrance. Image sourced from Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol, courtesy of Ken Wukasch.
In 1839, John Neely Bryan, a frontiersman, left Arkansas to scout locations for his dream — a town on the Trinity River in North Texas. Despite the difficulty in enticing settlers, by 1844, the townsite of Dallas...
The politically and socially turbulent 1960s changed the United States forever. Groups of mostly young Americans sought to overturn the status quo for African Americans and to end the contentious Vietnam War. National groups brought their message...
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of...
Tragedy in the Rio Grande Valley Tragedy struck in Alton, Texas, on September 21, 1989 when twenty-one students, on their way to school, died when a delivery truck collided with their school bus,...
Anything involving DePauw and Wabash will be competitive—even their history. They can’t even agree on what to call the game. For DePauw, located in Greencastle, it’s Monon. For Wabash, located in Crawfordsville,...

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