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Salt Boxes: Essential Yet Rarely Noticed

Southern foods and salt are like hand and glove. There are many salty foods specific to the mountainous South: country ham, sour beans and...

Mathewes Speaks at Cultural Leadership Breakfast

A milestone in Melanie Mathewes's effort to expand the audience for the National Sporting Library & Museum is the exhibition “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art,” which opened Sept. 9 and runs through Jan. 14.

Weekend Round Up October 5, 2017

Opening night for the Smithsonian’s Craft2Wear Show is tonight, Thursday, Oct. 5, and it’s also time for the Waterford Fair and the Solar & Green Home Tour.

The Antiques Addict

Wood screws are one of the least understood clues in establishing the date and authenticity of antique furniture. They are especially valuable for dating...

The Antiques Addict

Attempts to control indoor temperatures began in ancient Rome, where Seneca, the Stoic philosopher, mocked the “skinny youths” who ate snow to keep cool...

The Antiques Addict

There comes a time when any antiques aficionado grapples with some insecurity, the kind that comes with determining whether a piece is a legitimate...

Through the Looking Glass

Although our Puritan ancestors scorned the pretense of personal vanity, mirrors were part of their early colonial households — if used only to glimpse...