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Tunisian Constitution – Pic of the Week

   The National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia adopted its first democratic constitution on January 26, 2014.  We were fortunate to recently acquire a copy of the new constitution of Tunisia. Not only did we acquire the volume for our collection, Dr. Mustapha Ben Jaafar (Mustafá Bin Ja’far), the president of the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia, personally […]

A Walking Tour of St. Elizabeths Hospital

In May, I  took a walking tour of the western campus of St. Elizabeths (there is no apostrophe) hospital in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The tour was hosted by the D.C. Preservation League. The hospital is situated high above the city, providing the panoramic view you see pictured below. Dorothea Dix, an advocate for the mentally ill […]

150 Years of the Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

“…Arlington…where my affections & attachments are more strongly placed than at any other place in the World”–R. E. Lee*   This month marks the sesquicentennial of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), as it was established June 15, 1864.  Previously our colleague Christine wrote about the Civil War Sesquicentennial for this blog in 2011.   You may […]