Would You Have Marched on Washington?

August 28th marks the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington. This momentous event involved more than 200,000 protesters participating in a political rally that resulted in key gains in the struggle for civil rights. It is where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech and it is an iconic […]

The Olympics: A Look Back

When we—the editors of DIG, COBBLESTONE, FACES, and MUSE—met to discuss a theme for a 2016 issue that would work well across all four magazines, the Olympics came to mind almost immediately. Rio de Janeiro had already been chosen as the site, and the topic was one that could be approached from many angles. I […]

Go Forth and Read

Holidays are great. Especially holidays that are celebrated with parades, cookouts, and fireworks. But before you fire up the grill, why not take a few minutes to make sure your kids know why we have the holiday in the first place. A great way to do this is by sharing the two stories below. The […]

Take a Journey Down the Internet of History with Yo-Yo Ma

Have you heard of the “Silk Road,” the collective name for the many routes that crisscrossed the vast Eurasian landmass between China and Rome more than two thousand years ago? World famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma has.  In fact, he was so inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions that occurred along the historical Silk […]

Year One along the Silk Road

One morning, a few months ago, I was checking my emails as usual, when I saw one from Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis. I had worked with Elizabeth on several issues of Dig in the past and always enjoyed the experience. Elizabeth always had great ideas – this time, she was suggesting a theme for an issue—Year […]

Passover: A Night of Questions

The Jewish holiday of Passover is in full swing now, but just a few days ago, Jewish families everywhere were sitting down to their first Passover Seder. A Seder, which literally means “order”, is the ceremonial meal that tells the story of the Jewish people’s escape from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.   […]

4 Facts for the 104th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

Today marks the 104th anniversary since the tragic night in the dark North Atlantic Ocean when the S.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crewmembers. Even more than 100 years later, people everywhere are still enthralled by the stories of heroism, tragedy, and sacrifice that are part of the […]

Thomas Jefferson: A Real Foodie

One of the things I love most about living in Virginia is the ability to explore our country’s rich history without ever leaving the state. Many historical figures have proudly called Virginia home through the years, including the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, who not only was born here (in Shadwell, VA) […]

ON DIVINATION

by Rosalie Baker, editor of Dig Into History   Divination! Now here’s a topic that has been on my “to do” list for a long time. The subject certainly is a fascinating one, but presenting it to our readers would be a challenge. We certainly do not want to encourage any readers to follow or […]

Meet Eleanor of Aquitaine

Every year, as I draft my theme list, I feel that overwhelming feeling of so much to learn and so much to experience—and that what I know is so very little. I think that is probably one of the greatest thrills of being the editor of DIG, the broadening everyday of “my horizons.”   Who […]