March 2022

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Opener - Statue of Kendrick, Eldering and Clinton

The Undaunted

How a team of fearless American women overcame medical skepticism to stop a deadly infectious disease and save countless lives

Opener Museum Panel

In Search of Troy

It wasn’t just a legend. Archaeologists are getting to the bottom of the city celebrated by Homer nearly 3,000 years ago

Aerial view

The Inner Passage

Encountering a long-forgotten waterway in the South that tormented many enslaved people—and yet helped some escape to freedom

diptych of a child in a tree and then a bowl of figs

Gather the Wild Figs

A booming market has specimen hunters in the West tracking down rare new varieties of the ancient fruit



Your thoughts on old trees, Abraham Lincoln and a kind veterinarian

Powerful Currency

From a series of coins to a museum in the making, the groundbreaking achievements of American women gain new visibility


Galloping Girl

The alluring legend of the Connecticut teen who warned that the Redcoats were coming


Athletic Aesthetic

A new appreciation for the works of a serious painter who was also formidable on the ice


How to Win Justice

Pathbreaking lawyer Constance Baker Motley, the “Civil Rights Queen,” propelled the movement for equality


When Cleopatra Died Again

Edmonia Lewis, the first African American sculptor in the classical mode, was shockingly talented

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