“The Peace of Christmas Eve”:  Ending the War of 1812
“The Peace of Christmas Eve”: Ending the War of 1812
December 23, 2014

This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections It is the time of  year when people talk most of “Peace on Earth.”  A bit of peace of the worldly sort emerged 200 years ago this week when the United States and Great Britain came to terms ending the two and a…

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Enlightenment in the Cemetery: The Adams Memorial and Buddhism in 19th Century America
Enlightenment in the Cemetery: The Adams Memorial and Buddhism in 19th Century America
April 4, 2013

Even in a city with as many monuments as  Washington, D.C., the Adams Memorial is exceptional. Commissioned on the death of his wife by Henry Adams, it is one of the most widely celebrated pieces of American funerary art. Adams’ wife Clover committed suicide in December 1885. The loss so shook Adams that she is…

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