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This article was written by Merry Fitzpatrick, Tufts University and Irwin Rosenberg, Tufts University Exactly 80 years ago, a group of starving Jewish scientists and doctors in the Warsaw Ghetto were collecting data on their starving...
This article was written by Katrina Finkelstein, University of Tennessee and Derek H. Alderman, University of Tennessee Many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military....
This article was written by Robert Spitzer, State University of New York College at Cortland The mass shootings at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, just 10 days apart, are...
Christmas conjures up a whole host of traditions and memories: Santa Claus, egg nog, mistletoe, late night church services, hot chocolate, and happy families gathered around happy Christmas trees opening happy gifts on the morning...
The following was written by Tom Fraser, mastermind behind the Hellbender Press: The results of an ambitious effort by University of Tennessee Libraries to capture the history and personal memories of the devastating 2016 Great Smoky Mountains...
It’s Football History Time in Tennessee! This week, local historian extraordinaire Jack Neely and our editor, J.J. Stambaugh, take a look at the humble origins of Volunteer football and how it evolved into the Big Orange...
In this week’s Hard Knox Histories, local historian Jack Neely and editor J.J. Stambaugh discuss the background of one of Knoxville’s most prominent landmarks: Old Gray Cemetery.  The main entrance to the sprawling cemetery lies directly...
Once upon a time, it was the part of town that most Knoxvillians had forgotten about, if they knew about it at all. These days, of course, the few blocks around Central Street and Jackson Avenue...
Disasters — both natural and manmade — have dominated the news in recent weeks. Hurricanes, wildfires, the tragedy of Afghanistan, the ongoing COVID pandemic….it seems as though Fate has an unquenchable thirst for horror as...
As hard as it is to believe today, entertainment of any sort was once a rare and treasured commodity. Our modern world immerses us in entertainment on a constant basis, enabled by technology and driven by...