History & Heritage

There's an old Yiddish saying, "S'iz shver tsu zayn a Yid" -- "it's tough to be a Jew." Surely any religious discipline is going to make some uncomfortable demands on...
It was one of those times and one of those places where people were so focused on their own desires, plans and accomplishments that it was easy to disregard simple, basic needs.  In 1903, Ithaca...
"...When I get home [to Brooklyn] I get a change of thoughts.  Finally, I decide to play that Elmira card every other weekend.  Peace.  Quietness, peacefulness.  That's...
The American history we learned in school and which we celebrate on various holidays can leave the impression that following the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and the adoption of...
History doesn't always fit into a neat decimal system, but it's a common exercise in mental shorthand to think of "the Gay 90s", "the Roaring 20s" or "the Nifty 50s...
The first Africans to come to the New World were not slaves, but were probably crewmen aboard Columbus's ships.  From the 15th till the early 19th century, however, most of the human traffic...
The Irish are famous for many things -- music and dance, beautiful linen, old castles, whiskey -- but cultivating vineyards and making wine hasn't been one of them.  There is a fine Celtic...
Each day that week I sat at my desk, pencil in hand, intending to summarize what I knew about Theodorick Crane and Cornflower and arrive at some conclusions about their lives and deaths.  But...
Sixty-five years after the conclusion of World War Two its history is still being written, and the reckoning is still taking place.  Facts are being unearthed, interpreted and debated, and...
This edition of OFF THE PAGE opens with a conversation about The Gathering at Keystone College, an annual literary event that takes place on the college campus in La Plume, PA on July 15-18, 2010. To...