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Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin

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Schoolchildren know Eli Whitney’s cotton gin as one of the most influential inventions in American history and an... Read More »

Hartford, Connecticut: Parlor Memorial

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Wadsworth Atheneum, Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut Hurting economically at the outset of the Civil War, the small... Read More »

Paper Trails

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I’m one of those people who keep things long after I’ve ceased to need them. For instance, my... Read More »

Salem, Massachusetts: Chinese House

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A lacquered wooden bed belongs to what was once a merchant’s house located in Huang Cun, a village... Read More »

The Pitcairn-Putnam Pistols

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In 1879, the granddaughter-in-law of Revolutionary War hero Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790) donated “these memorials of the... Read More »



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