Minerd.com’s Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts Since Jan. 2018

Here’s my list of favorite news articles and blog posts since the start of 2018, which initially were posted on my award-winning website, Minerd.com. These stories cover important issues in our society and track how our collective heritage shapes how we live today. All have some connection to my favorite themes of Americana, culture, art, journalism, genealogy … and regional Pittsburgh, the epicenter of the extended Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family’s growth and development since 1791.

A Walk with the Dead” – by Keith C. Burris, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 16, 2018
Teens Use Pitt Archives to Research Homewood Photo History” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 23, 2018
Two men charged with stealing more than $8 million in rare books from Carnegie Library” – “Schulman’s rare books empire began with 1,200 science fiction paperbacks” – “Carnegie Library’s rare books manager was fired after theft was discovered” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 20, 2019
Arrests Accompany Takeover of German Plant in Koppel” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 15, 2018
John Steinbeck’s Western Flyer Resurfaces” – Fine Books & Collections, July 5, 2018
Library of Congress Receives Enormous Donation of Comic Books” – Rare Book Monthly, July 2018
Stolen Columbus Letter Returned to Its Home” – Rare Book Monthly, July 2018
Court documents detail theft of rare maps, books, prints from Carnegie Library” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 29, 2018
Monticello Is Done Avoiding Jefferson’s Relationship With Sally Hemings” – New York Times, June 16, 2018
New Pitt social media study shows how likes, comments, unfriending relate to depression” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 7, 2018
Wreckage of Flight 93 to Be Buried at Crash Site in Somerset County” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2, 2018
Obituary: Barbara Luderowski / Sculptor, founder of the Mattress Factory helped spur North Side redevelopment” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 31, 2018
The Great Breakup: The First Arrivals to the Americas Split Into Two Groups” – New York Times, May 31, 2018
Retooling a Tweedy Literary Fixture” – New York Times, May 28, 2018
Arlington Cemetery, Nearly Full, May Become More Exclusive” – New York Times, May 28, 2018
The Bibliomaniac of Ridgewood” – New York Times, May 25, 2018
The Hard Truth at Newspapers Across America: Hedge Funds Are in Charge” – Bloomberg, May 22, 2018
Lewis & Clark started here (sorry, St. Louis)” – Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 13, 2018
Amazon is hungry for CMU students during recruiting seasons” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2018
Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends.” – New York Times, May 4, 2018
Carnegie Mellon inks deal to help create ‘smartest airport on the planet’” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 19, 2018
Library of Congress Puts Papers of Benjamin Franklin Online” – Fine Books & Collections, April 18, 2018
Opinion: The Historians Versus the Genealogists” – by John Sedgwick, New York Times, April 12, 2018
In a rare-book repository, a void that chills” – by Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 5, 2018
The Hamilton of World War II” – by Todd S. Purdum, New York Times, April 1, 2018
Credit Suisse Labels Rare Books a ‘Mediocre’ Financial Investment” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, April 2018
Drue Heinz – philanthropist, literary force, widow of H.J. “Jack” Heinz II – dies at 103” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 31, 2018
Who stole 314 items from the Carnegie Library rare books room?” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 19, 2018
What made Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’ so immensely popular?” – Washington Post, March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking Showed the Power of an Unconstrained Mind” – Bloomberg, March 14, 2018
Michigan State University builds global slave trade paper trail” – Toledo Blade, March 11, 2018
In death as in life, Graham service draws varied throng” – New York Times/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 3, 2018
The Curtis Census – Locating Every Extant Copy of Edward Curtis’ North American Indian” – Rare Book Monthly, March 2018
When Did Americans Stop Marrying Their Cousins? Ask the World’s Largest Family Tree” – New York Times, March 1, 2018
Picturing ‘The Waste Land’” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 20, 2018
Marquis de Sade ‘National Treasure’ Removed from French Sale by the State” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, February 2018
90 Shakespeare Documents Recognized on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 26, 2018
Descendants’ Stories of the Clotilda Slave Ship Drew Doubts. Now Some See Validation.” – New York Times, Jan. 25, 2018
In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa” – New York Times, Jan. 25, 2018
Obituary: Lawrence Stager / Creative biblical archaeologist” – New York Times/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 5, 2018
The Hunt for Centuries-Old Books Reveals the Power of the Printed Word” – Wall Street Journal, Jan. 3, 2018
In the Bones of a Buried Child, Signs of a Massive Human Migration to the Americas” – New York Times, Jan. 3, 2018
We Are What We Read” – New York Times, Jan. 2, 2018
Who Owns the Rosetta Stone?” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, January 2018
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