Bust of George Washington Carver.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”              — Moslih Eddin Saadi

No matter where you go, every place has a story.   From great struggles against oppressive forces to human inguenity, the people and the places who have defined significant eras in human history move many to travel see where history was made.   Being able to walk where history was made, seeing the places that shaped legendary figures or experiencing life as our ancestors did, travel allows history to come to life in ways that transcend a history book.


Chicago Bean sculpture

How Chicago became a melting pot of cultures, races, and nationalities

By Krystina Quintana

Although it is widely known that Chicago is a melting pot of people, it’s not as widely known why or how it became so diverse throughout the years.   Read more

United States History
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Shakespeare and Company: A Literary Legacy

By Sugato Mukherjee

A quiet stroll through the stretch of Rue de la Bûcherie has led me up here at Shakespeare and Company, arguably the most famous independent bookstore in the world, a literary institution that began its journey in 1919.   Read more

France History Literature & Music
Garden at Nemours Estate.  Photo by Tonya Fitpatrick

Exploring Wilmington, Delaware – A European experience in American history

Explore Wilmington, Delaware and the Brandywine Valley’s rich American history and vibrant arts and cultural scene with its European flair.   Read more

United States History The Arts
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Roman Influence and Top Structures in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

With the 600 years they spent occupying the region, called Hispania at the time, from 218 BC to AD 409, the Romans irreversibly changed Spain.   Read more

Spain Architecture History
Cross at Trojmezi.  Photo:  Donald Judge

Three Crosses at Czech-German Borders Become Tourist Attraction

By Courtney Campbell

Three crosses have garnered attention from tourists around the world. Due to their mysterious nature, many have come to speculate just what it is that these crosses at the borders between the Czech Republic and Germany symbolize.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path History
A panoramic view of the river and the Gongoni canyon. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Gongoni: Bengal’s Grand Canyon

By Sugato Mukherjee

Gongoni Danga, roughly translated from Bengali, means red-hot land. In the scorching summer months, locals say that the laterite textures of the canyon seem to sizzle from a distance, hence the name.   Read more

India Landscape Nature & Outdoors History
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Opinion: Why You Should Care About What’s Happening In Palestine

By Alicia-Rae Light

Until I spent time in Palestine’s West Bank, seeing it with my own eyes and listening to people’s stories…I didn’t have a grasp or understanding of what was happening or why.   Read more

Middle East History Humanity
Exterior of Ziegler Cabin in Harmony, Pennslyvania. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Early American History in Harmony, Pennsylvania

By Kathleen Walls

A half hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh, the tiny Western Pennsylvania town of Harmony, with a population of fewer than 1,000 people, has an unusual history that makes for a fascinating visit.   Read more

United States Religious Travel History
City of Norfolk | Underground Railroad

Norfolk’s Underground Railroad, Student Travel and Decoding Autism

Located in the heart of the mid-Atlantic the City of Norfolk is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world. Norfolk also played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad as one of the last port stops on the road to freedom north.  … Read more   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
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7 Significant Historical Sites of the American Civil War

By Courtney Campbell

Though the Civil War is a dark portion of America’s past, it is our collective history, nonetheless.   Read more

United States History
Corpus Christi

Down South in Corpus Christi: The City by the Sea

By Courtney Campbell

Corpus Christi, translated from Ecclesiastical Latin as the “Body of Christ,” is a quaint coastal city seated in South Texas.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Author's partner with 2 local restaurateurs. Photo: Jim Bamboulis

Philotimo: the Greek secret not easily translated

By Jim Bamboulis

‘Philotimo’ dates back millennia, and although can’t be translated into a single word in the English language to this day, is packed with meaning, often illustrated through honourable, respectful and humble acts towards others, no matter who they are, or where they come from.   Read more

Europe History
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On the Nawabs’ Trail in Murshidabad

By Sugato Mukherjee

Two and a half centuries later, Murshidabad lies half-forgotten, 215 kilometres from Calcutta, cocooned in its glorious past, waiting for its distinct heritage trail to be rediscovered and restored.   Read more

India History
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TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Smallpox Vaccination (May 14, 1796)

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines, administered the first smallpox vaccination to 8 year old James Phipps. In 1977, with assistance from the World Health Organization, the smallpox virus became the first disease in the world to be eradicated … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom History
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Swat Valley: The Switzerland of Pakistan

By Muzammil Hussain

Swat Valley (Swat) is known as the ‘Switzerland’ of Pakistan because of its snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History