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Vienna Philharmonic Welcomes 2015 With Annual New Year’s Concert

Vienna Philharmonic Welcomes 2015 With Annual New Year’s Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic welcomes in 2015 with its annual New Year’s concert from the Musikverein, or Viennese Music Association, in Vienna, Austria. The program, From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015, is hosted by Julie Andrews and is broadcast throughout the world on New Year’s Day as part of the public television (PBS) series, Great […]

Annual Kennedy Center Honors Pay Tribute to Dedicated Performing Artists

Annual Kennedy Center Honors Pay Tribute to Dedicated Performing Artists

The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded to performing artists who have achieved high standards of excellence and used their talent to inspire the world around them. The star-studded event will be broadcast Dec. 30, from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET, on CBS. It was originally held on Dec. 7, 2014, at the John F. Kennedy […]

Christmas Pyramids Part of Germany’s Woodcarving History

Christmas Pyramids Part of Germany’s Woodcarving History

Christmas pyramids are multi-level wooden platforms with figures depicting either religious themes, such as the Nativity or angels, or secular life. They have a horizontal propeller at the top which spins around from heat emitted by candles lit at the base. The multiple levels also turn, like a carousel, so the various scenes are visible […]

German Christmas Museum Tree Ornaments Exhibition

German Christmas Museum Tree Ornaments Exhibition

The history of Christmas tree ornaments is as varied as the decorations themselves. They come in many shapes and sizes. Some are handmade by elementary schoolchildren and others are carved and painted by skilled artisans. The tradition of decorating evergreen trees as a symbol of Christmas originated in Germany. It is in the German Christmas […]

School Shooting in North Portland, OR

School Shooting in North Portland, OR

Three people were injured in a school shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland, OR, Friday, Dec. 12. Two boys and a girl were outside on a corner near the school at the time. The police reported the shooting took place after noon. All three victims were breathing and conscious when they were […]

Monticello Evening Tours Combine History and Christmas Holiday Traditions

Monticello Evening Tours Combine History and Christmas Holiday Traditions

Monticello, the Charlottesville, VA, home of Thomas Jefferson, is hosting evening tours beginning Dec. 12 and throughout the month that combine history and Christmas holiday traditions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The first tour starts after dark at 5:30, followed by additional tours spaced 15 minutes apart at 5:45 and 6 p.m. […]

Peter Lik Photo Sale Makes History

Peter Lik Photo Sale Makes History

Peter Lik, the award-winning fine art photographer of landscapes and nature, has sold one of his photos for a record-breaking $6.5 million. The black and white image, Phantom, is now the most expensive in the world, having been purchased by a private collector. The total purchase price of $10 million also included two other photos […]

Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Season Begins With Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Season Begins With Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg, the 18th-century living history museum in Virginia, officially prepares for the Christmas season beginning with the Grand Illumination, always held on the first Sunday of December. For 2014, a variety of events will be available throughout the day, Sunday, Dec. 7, ranging from guided tours through the homes and shops decorated for the […]

Ferguson and the Complex History of Racial Tension in St. Louis

Ferguson and the Complex History of Racial Tension in St. Louis

The protests over the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager in Ferguson also spoke volumes about the ongoing and complex history of racial tension in the St. Louis area. The issues change depending on which side the point of view rests. This article […]

Family Gathering ‘Home to Thanksgiving’

Family Gathering ‘Home to Thanksgiving’

The Currier and Ives print, Home to Thanksgiving, is a 19th-century scene set in rural New England. Snow rests on the ground and rooftops, as the family stands on the porch while greeting their guests. The dog in the yard is curious about the newcomers and the young lad driving a team of oxen stops […]

Jamestown Settlement Prepares Colonial Thanksgiving Feast

Jamestown Settlement Prepares Colonial Thanksgiving Feast

Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Virginia will demonstrate food preparation in colonial times, from everyday fare to a Thanksgiving feast. Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia is a three-day museum program, Nov. 27-29, 2014, designed to show what the early colonists had to do to get a meal […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Missouri Home of Rocky Ridge Farm

Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Missouri Home of Rocky Ridge Farm

The American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), introduced readers to 19th-century pioneer life through a child’s point of view in her Little House books. This popular series of eight books was written at her home in Mansfield, MO, after her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, was rejected by publishers. Her life story was finally published by the […]

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