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Coreglia Antelminelli, Italy
Museum of Plaster Figurines and Emigration
The link between these two seemingly disparate themes is crucial to the history of this Tuscan hill town.
Added by Dr Alan P Newman
How FDR Used Famous Immigrants to Extoll America’s Greatness
"I’m an American" was the U.S. government's attempt to promote tolerance in the run-up to World War II.
April 27, 2017
New York, New York
Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue
America's oldest Eastern European synagogue provided the immigrants of crowded Lower East Side tenements a space of sanctuary.
Added by Rachaelannmare
Naked Fountain Family
The nude sculpture on this fountain shocked conservative townsfolk when it was first unveiled, but not as much as the dead body found in it decades later.
Added by trykyla
Australian Settlers Used Magic Signs to Keep Evil Away
New efforts to collect evil-averting marks show they were used well into the 19th century.
February 24, 2017
The Mystery of the World's Least American Cactus
How did Rhipsalis baccifera cross the ocean?
February 08, 2017
The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants
It was produced by the Council Against Intolerance in the lead up to World War II.
February 06, 2017
Ishkashim Border Market
A strip of no man’s land on the river border where the people of Tajikistan and Afghanistan come together to trade their goods.
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In China, Searching to Fill Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree
China’s revolution made it difficult for Chinese abroad to stay in contact with their families. Now many in the diaspora are searching for their roots.
December 15, 2016
Visa Balaji Temple
A centuries-old shrine where Indians pray for U.S. visas.
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The Centuries-Old Shrine Where Indians Pray for U.S. Visas
It has a decent track record.
September 13, 2016
Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II
An unassuming, powerful monument north of the U.S. Capitol bears witness to the resilience of Japanese Americans during a time of grave injustice.
Added by WhiskeyBristles
Moose Jaw, Canada
Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Underground tunnels once home to crime are now back open to the public.
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Painted Churches of Texas
Twenty churches beautifully painted by 19th century Czech and German immigrants in Texas.
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You Can Become a U.S. Citizen at Mount Rushmore or Yosemite
To understand the naturalization process, our reporter attended three ceremonies—one at Ellis Island.
June 08, 2016
The Dissidents Cemetery
This historic Chilean cemetery is the burial place of hundreds of European and American freethinkers and non-Catholics.
Added by Stephen J Taylor
Before Ellis Island Existed, Castle Garden Welcomed Houdini and Typhoid Mary
How a one-time beer garden became an immigration hub.
April 07, 2016
How the St. Patrick's Day Parade Paved the Way for Other Immigrant Groups
The parade, invented in America, inspired others to come.
March 17, 2016
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