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Laura on the front porch of the home Almanzo built for them near Mansfield, Missouri. Love this!

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum preserves the records of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States.

In the 1880's, Nellie Bly battled against the horrific treatment of mental asylum patients by feigning mental illness and going undercover for 10 days in a mental asylum, so that she could report on the appalling conditions therein. In doing so, she created a social movement for reform.

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Nellie Bly Burdened again with theater and arts reporting, Bly left the Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1887 for New York City. Penniless after four months, she talked her way into the offices of Joseph...

Ruby Bridges, first African-American to attend a white elementary school in the South (Nov. 14th, 1960)

Ruby Bridges, first African-American to attend a white elementary school in the South (Nov. 14th, 1960)

Priceless photo of enslaved Selina Gray who was the head housekeeper for  Confederate General Robert E. Lee. She is credited with defending Arlington House during the Civil War and thereby saving treasured heirlooms belonging to  George Washington.

Priceless photo of enslaved Selina Gray who was the head housekeeper for Confederate General Robert E. Lee. She is credited with defending Arlington House during the Civil War and thereby saving treasured heirlooms belonging to George Washington.

Meet Caroline Norton.  If you have gone through a divorce and had someone advocate for your rights, you have her to thank for it.      In the mid 1800's Caroline was in a loveless marriage to a man who beat her savagely.  On several occasions she was thrown out of her own home, and forbidden access to her children.  In those days, married women were put into the same category as "lunatics, idiots, outlaws and children".  Their rights were in the hands of others. Caroline petitioned...

The wife who changed history - by asking for the first divorce

Meet Caroline Norton. If you have gone through a divorce and had someone advocate for your rights, you have her to thank for it. In the mid 1800's Caroline was in a loveless marriage to a man who beat her savagely. On several occasions she was thrown out of her own home, and forbidden access to her children. In those days, married women were put into the same category as "lunatics, idiots, outlaws and children". Their rights were in the hands of others. Caroline petitioned...

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." Julia Child.

Ladies We Love: Julia Child

Although only those among us with true kitchen ambition could ever enjoyably tackle a recipe from Julia Childs seminal Mastering the Art of French Cooking, she made us feel like we could. And that was the best thing about her. Child was the first real celebrity cook, the perfect amalgam of Americas budding love for both TV and food. She was a big, rangy Smith girl with a sense of humor and a precise but never fussy approach in the kitchen. She made a point of calling out poseurs, faddists…

miniature Portrait of the Comtesse du Barry Lavreince; (inspired by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun ) Second half of the 18th century Paris, the Louvre, Department of Graphic Arts

*Rococo Revisited - miniature Portrait of the Comtesse du Barry ...

miniature Portrait of the Comtesse du Barry ...

cooking, Julia child(1912-2004) ~ valentine ~ I like this.  A lot "Bon Appetit" French Country kitchen chef 1960's Joy of cooking , Art of French Cooking. home in Cambridge, MA

cooking, Julia child(1912-2004) ~ valentine ~ I like this. A lot "Bon Appetit" French Country kitchen chef 1960's Joy of cooking , Art of French Cooking. home in Cambridge, MA

Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee

Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee

Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fun and the use of his home on fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor.

The Survivors — Ultimate Titanic

Stories from passengers who survived the Titanic sinking. Video interviews Quotes, facts and statistics about for historians, teachers and students.

Phillis Wheatley was born in Senegal around 1753.  At the age of 8, she was kidnapped and brought to Boston on a slave ship. Her owners, John and Susanna Wheatley of Boston, named her Phillis and taught her to read and write.  "The Wheatleys supported her education and relieved her of her household duties when they recognized her literary talent"

"This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" Julia Child - Julia Child (My Life in France (2006)

Julia Child - Interview Magazine

Wild Child: Health-conscious, hale, and hearty, Julia Child has written her best cookbook yet. Polly Frost found America's favorite French chef in Santa Barbara.

Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606. Oil on canvas. Antwerp. More about the artwork: National Gallery of Art, Washington. Source

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Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606. Oil on canvas. Antwerp. More about the artwork: National Gallery of Art, Washington. Source