Their wedding in 1819 was perhaps the first of its kind in the United States: the union of deaf man and a deaf woman. When Laurent Clerc agreed to travel to America in 1817 to help Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet learn sign language and establish a school for the deaf, he made it clear he would be returning to France in 1820. That changed when he met 23-year old Eliza Boardman, one of his first students at the Connecticut Asylum for […]
Two hundred years ago, a young soldier fell on the battlefield at Waterloo and lay undisturbed for the next 197 years. In June of 2012, he was unearthed during a project to create an overflow car park in preparation for this year’s observance of the bicentennial, the musket ball that killed him still embedded in his ribcage. Even then, he was a curiosity: the only intact skeleton yet found on the battlefield. While more than 28,000 soldiers were killed at Waterloo, […]
For the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has released never-before-seen footage of the five-day, 54-mile trek to the Alabama capitol. Archivists recently discovered around 3,000 feet of 16mm film in an inventory of materials collected during the administration of Governor George Wallace.
A “heavy and persistent” winter rain was falling over London on the morning of Saturday, 28 January 1928, but it did not deter hundreds of people from making their way to the Embankment to take part in a unique event: the first ceremony to honor the thousands of British soldiers who had died as prisoners of the Great War. As the crowds milled around the staging area near Cleopatra’s Needle, surviving ex-prisoners looked at the shields the organizers had created […]
ever let it be said that the folks at Londonist want their readers unprepared for any contingency. For example: what if you exited the Tube at Green Park one night and found yourself standing next to the 11th Century leper hospital of St. James the Less? Rather than panic, you could just pull out their handy Medieval Tube Map, and you’d be good to go….somewhere. Drawing on the Domesday survey of 1086 and early histories of London, Londonist created this whimsical […]