Clippings & Curiosities

Falling for Jackie Kennedy

Many Americans only got their first look at Jackie during the inaugural ceremonies, but her fashion sense and unflappable poise soon made her one of the country's most admired first ladies.  More

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Happy Birthday, President Washington!

On February 22, America celebrates the anniversary of the birth of President George Washington. Washington’s importance has been so beyond question that his name is More

Rethinking Kennedy’s Camelot

In the years following the death of President Kennedy, many people often spoke of his presidency as an idyllic time. They dubbed those pre-assassination days More

Gershwin composing "Rhapsody in Blue" in an illustrated for the John Hancock insurance company in 1958.
The Birth of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

On the 90th anniversary of Gershwin's masterpiece, it’s hard to believe that it was created so haphazardly–composed in one month, not even complete, with just More

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964. Source: United Press International, photographer unknown
Why Early Critics Hated the Beatles

With an unusual sound, seemingly unearned fame, and abnormally long hair, the Beatles represented everything that critics hated about the entire rock 'n' roll genre. More

Official White House photo of President Kennedy in the Oval Office.
Why Kennedy Still Matters

The 35th president completed only three years of his term and left behind a pile of unfinished projects and unraveling plans. Yet Americans consistently rank More

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