Latest Recommended News/Blog Stories

Covering the span from New Year’s Day 2017 to today, here’s my list of favorite news articles and blog posts, posted on my award-winning website, These stories, written by [generally] objective, knowledgeable experts who have examined their subjects in detail, spanning the themes of Americana, culture, art, journalism, genealogy … and Pittsburgh, the epicenter of our family’s growth and development since 1791.

What’s so fascinating is how we always live in the shadow of history and that our current events always seem to be shaped by people of the past.

Private Collections Made Public: New York’s Museum Libraries” – The Bottom Line, May 2017
Are the Dutch Lagging in Efforts to Return Art Looted by the Nazis?” – New York Times, May 12, 2017
Monticello: using the remains of history to illuminate slavery, daily life in Jefferson’s world” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 11, 2017
Thousands to Evacuate After World War II Bombs Found in German City” – CNN, May 6, 2017
Three Years After a Print Went Missing, Boston Public Library Invests $15.7 Million to Preserve Its Rare Book and Manuscript Collection” – Rare Book Hub, May 2017
One City in Pennsylvania is Poised to Crush the 21st Century … but it’s not Philadelphia” – Philadelphia Magazine, April 29, 2017
The Bentley Rare Book Museum Opens” – Fine Books & Collections, April 26, 2017
Neanderthals may have lived in North America 130,000 years ago, study claims” – by Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press, published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Archive Acquired of Theatre and Film Actor Peter O’Toole” – Fine Books & Collections, April 24, 2017
The scourge of misinformation: Disdain for expertise is inherent in today’s culture of self-absorption” – by George Will, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 6, 2017
After Slave Revelations, Retiree Has a New Mission” – New York Times, April 2, 2017
American Textile History Museum, Closed Last Year, Will Transfer Its Vast Library to Cornell University” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, April 2017
Otto Penzler’s Literary Lair” – Fine Books & Collections, April 2017
A Glimpse Into the Life of a Slave Sold to Save Georgetown” – New York Times, March 12, 2017
Study finds white working class increasingly dying ‘deaths of despair’” – Associated Press, published in the Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2017
The Greatest Private Library of Judaica Has Been Sold to the National Library of Israel” – Rare Book Monthly, March 2017
Caren Chooses Christie’s, Cowans & Country” – Rare Book Monthly, March 2017
Who Do You Think You Are?” – 2017 TLC Television Series, Season 9 – Featuring Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, John Stamos, Smokey Robinson, Noah Wyle, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Grey – March 2017
Mark Samuels Lasner Donates $10-million Collection to University of Delaware” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 16, 2017
The Furious Eloquence of James Baldwin” – by Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 17, 2017
The Last Original Frank Lloyd Wright Owners” – Wall Street Journal, Feb. 15, 2017
Introducing Open Access At the Met” – Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Feb. 7, 2017
Ivor Noël Hume, famed archaeologist, dies at 89” – Virginia Gazette, Feb. 6, 2017
Auction Prices for Books and Paper Rose 1.5% in 2016” – Rare Book Hub, February 2017
A Spectacular Collection Emerges from the Shadows” – Rare Book Hub, February 2017
You Can Write in Mark Twain’s Library” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 26, 2017
Penn Libraries Acquires Lost Benjamin Franklin Broadside” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 24, 2017
Family Archive of Alexander Hamilton Letters & Manuscripts Achieves $2.6 Million at Sotheby’s New York” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 19, 2017
Jolted by Deaths, Obama Found His Voice on Race” – New York Times, Jan. 14, 2017
Obama Makes His Mark as First ‘Social Media’ President” – Associated Press, Jan. 8, 2017
Why Envy Pittsburgh? An Educated Guess” – by Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 5, 2017
A Library Plans to Sell a Valuable Century-Old Book Collection” – Rare Book Hub, January 2017
Does History Predict the Future?” – Rare Book Hub, January 2017
Rare Book Hub Passes Seven Million Full Text Records” – Rare Book Hub, January 2017

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