For Bastille Day, Jason suggests resources to explain what the holiday means and why it invokes so much pride.
Long lines for thrilling rides have nothing on the long history of Chicago's amusement parks, from the 1893 world's fair to Riverview. More
Imagine you're standing in a wet, grassy field on a small hill. From this hill, you look over a large camp. There is smoke from the campfir… More
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.President Lincoln issued the Emancipati… More
What better way to observe the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania than to read Erik Larson's excellent new book abo… More
May 8 is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Bbruins recommends resources that chronicle the historic day.
This month marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. We've put together a selection of titles that expl… More
Learn about the shipwreck with these titles, including Ashes Under Water by Michael McCarthy, who speaks Wednesday, July 22 at HWLC.
In addition to our list of the top ten books, we recommend these as the best nonfiction books published in 2014. Also be sure to c… More
In honor of the centenary of the start of World War I, we've gathered a list of classic and new World War I books, both fiction an… More
Stephanie F. suggests books that examine life in the Americas before the Europeans--and what happened in the century after Columbus arrived.
The annual MacArthur fellows have been announced, and as usual, reading about the winners is inspiring and even intimidating (statistical analyses?… More
Celebrate Jane Addams Day by learning about Hull House, the settlement that worked on immigration, labor reform, women's issues and more. More
Check out the book companion to the new Ken Burns documentary series, coming to PBS and DVD this month.
Has the referendum on Scottish independence made you curious about Scottish history? We've got you covered.
Jeff looks at lessons of past revolutions in his latest blog post.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by reading about the landmark legislation and the civil rights move… More
50 years ago, Freedom Summer began in Mississippi.
London is my absolute favorite world city. No matter how many times I visit, I feel like I've not even scratched the surface of discover… More
Looking for your next great read? The 2014 Pulitzer winners were announced Monday.
March is a big month for women in Chicago, as the city celebrates its 177th birthday and the nation celebrates Women’s History Month. Although … More
The guides on the tour of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria will tell you all about how and why it was built and about Mad King Ludwig, who thought … More
It's a relatively slow Election Day this November. Without a presidential race or a major threat to either party, anyone looking for national news … More
There had to be a reason I kept seeing this book on “best of" lists. After reading the first chapter, I figured out why. The Professor and the … More