Recommended News Stories – 2016


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Here’s my list of my favorite news articles and blog posts from 2016, posted on my award-winning website, These stories, written by [generally] objective, knowledgeable experts who have examined their subjects in detail, reflect my belief that we are living in a time of unprecedented cultural upheaval.

In our chaotic world filled with fakes, frauds, copies and charlatans, our need is greater than ever for things that are “really real” and for understanding highly complex issues involving the human condition and what unites and divides us as people.

The stories cover a wide sweep of Americana from media coverage of the presidential election to the lingering impact of slavery to historic preservation. Enjoy.

Confessions of a Columnist” – by Ross Douthat, New York Times, Dec. 31, 2016
It’s nearly 2017! Can we finally retire the current year as an argument for social change?” – Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2016
Original Portrait of Charles Dickens’ Wife Found Beneath Cover-Up” – Fine Books & Collections, Dec. 27, 2016
Duchess of Roxburghe Bequeaths ‘Extraordinary’ Book Collection to Wren Library” – Fine Books & Collections, Dec. 22, 2016
‘We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’: A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found” – New York Times, Nov. 12, 2016
Disruption Will Rule, and Obama’s Legacy Will Wash Away As If Written on Water” – by George Will, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 10, 2016
News Media Yet Again Misreads America’s Complex Pulse” – New York Times, Nov. 9, 2016
Channeling Ida Tarbell: An Unlikely Muckraker” – by Tom O’Boyle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 6, 2016
New Looks at Laurel Hill” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 5, 2016
New Exhibition at the Morgan Library Explores the World of Martin Luther” – Fine Books & Collections, Sept. 20, 2016
Jerusalem as a Place of Desire and Death, at the Metropolitan Museum” – New York Times, Sept. 22, 2016
Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll” – Associated Press, Sept. 21, 2016
Through the Place” – Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation documentary, September 2016
How a Dutch Businessman Fulfilled His Dream to Open a ‘World-Class’ Museum” – New York Times, Sept. 14, 2016
Heinz Awards Recognize Inspiring Ideas That Address Global Issues” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14, 2016
Landmark Labor Ruling Rooted in Beaver County” – Washington Times, Sept. 10, 2016
Almost 50 Years Later, Lawsuit Seeks to Fix Blame for Farmington Mine Disaster” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 4, 2016
Public Permitted to Peruse State Library’s Rare Books” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 4, 2016
Georgetown University Plans Steps to Atone for Slave Past” – New York Times, Sept. 1, 2016
Ken Lopez Updates His Views on Modern Book Collecting Trends” – Rare Book Hub, September 2016
Wreck of Sloop Built in Erie Found Deep in Lake Ontario” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 20, 2016
Why John Oliver Loves Newspapers” – by Kathleen Parker, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 11, 2016
In Frank Lloyd Wright Country, Architecture and Apple Pie” – New York Times, July 27, 2016
Huntington Announces Crowdsourcing Project to Transcribe, Decode Civil War Telegrams” – Fine Books & Collections, June 22, 2016
American Death Rate Increases, Reverses Trend” – Washington Post, June 3, 2016
Stolen Columbus Letter Found at the Library of Congress Returned” – Rare Book Hub, June 2016
Archaeologists Closing in on Finding Captain Cook’s Ship, the Endeavour” – Rare Book Hub, June 2016
‘Roots’ for a New Era” – New York Times – May 22, 2016
Folk Art Starts Here” – New York Times, May 20, 2016
Unearthing the Secrets of New York’s Mass Graves” – New York Times, May 16, 2016
One of Florence’s Oldest Families and Its 600-Year Archive” – New York Times, May 11, 2016
Civil War Museum Transfers Collection to Gettysburg with Constitution Center Exhibit Planned” –, May 5, 2016
A Foundation and a Museum Battle Over Maurice Sendak’s Estate” – by Michael Stillman, Fine Books & Collections, May 1, 2016
Why More Suicides?” – by Ambassador Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2016
An Ambitious Renovation of August Wilson’s Boyhood Home Will Be Good for Pittsburgh and the Arts” – by Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 24, 2016
Letter from Albert Gallatin Donated to Friendship Hill Historic Site” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 23, 2016
Top Court Rejects Challenge to Google Book-Scanning Project” – Reuters, via, April 18, 2016
Georgetown Confronts a Haunting Sale of Slaves” – New York Times via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 17, 2016
Amateur Snapshots Provide Window to American Culture” – Fine Books & Collections, April 15, 2016
Pope Francis Urges Compassion for All in Landmark Statement on Family Values” – The Guardian, April 9, 2016
Supreme Court Finally Puts an End to Long Running Apple-Amazon Price-Fixing Case” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book HUB, April 2016
Bob Dylan’s Archive to Be Housed in Oklahoma” – Rare Book HUB, April 2016

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