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In 2000, following a long and successful career as head of his own public relations agency, Jim became a freelance travel writer. In 2003 he was named travel editor at New York Trend. Jim travels widely in North America and Europe and has also visited in Asia, Africa, and Central America. He enjoys writing stories that bring alive his travel experience and entice the reader to visit new destinations. Jim is a member of the International Association of Black Travel Writers.

Western Pennsylvania Memorial Remembers Flight 93’s Courageous Passengers & Crew
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Western Pennsylvania Memorial Remembers Flight 93’s Courageous Passengers & Crew

With the official opening this past May of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the site of the former World Trade Center in New York City, we are reminded once again of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. That morning, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners in a strategically planned attack against the […]

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum Show Includes Baseball Great Josh Gibson, “The Black Babe Ruth”
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Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum Show Includes Baseball Great Josh Gibson, “The Black Babe Ruth”

Pittsburgh had two Negro League baseball teams, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Josh Gibson played for both at different times, but the phenomenal right-handed hitting catcher never received the opportunity to show his stuff in the major leagues because he was an African-American. Tragically, he died at the age of 35 in […]

Chincoteague Ponies:  Wild Horses At The Atlantic Shore In Virginia
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Chincoteague Ponies: Wild Horses At The Atlantic Shore In Virginia

If you thought wild horses were only on public lands in the Utah and Nevada. Think again. There are also small herds of wild equines on coastal islands in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. The herd on the Virginia end of Assateague Island is the best known because of a 1947 book by American […]

Marian Anderson Collection Donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture On View In Washington
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Marian Anderson Collection Donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture On View In Washington

The orange-and-black velvet ensemble Marian Anderson (1897-1993) wore during her Easter Sunday performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 has entered the museum’s collection of the Smithsonians’ National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is a gift of Ginette DePreist in memory of her husband James DePreist. In honor of […]

Exquisite Fashions From Downton Abbey TV Series On View At Delaware’s Winterthur Museum
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Exquisite Fashions From Downton Abbey TV Series On View At Delaware’s Winterthur Museum

Millions of television viewers have watched the British period drama Downton Abbey on public television (PBS) for the past three seasons. Now there is an opportunity to see many of the exquisite costumes from the series. “Costumes of Downton Abbey,” an original exhibition of fashion designs from the awarding-winning television series, began in March at […]

Albuquerque’s  Crafts Scene Is Diverse And Abundant
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Albuquerque’s Crafts Scene Is Diverse And Abundant

Few cities in the world have the cultural richness you find in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Founded in 1609, the city has both the traditions of its Native Americans and of the Spanish who settled here centuries later.  Persons interested in fine crafts might spend weeks here and then not see it all.  There are museums, […]

Berea: Folk Art and Crafts Capital of Kentucky
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Berea: Folk Art and Crafts Capital of Kentucky

The expression “college town” is certainly appropriate for describing Berea, Kentucky. Berea College, founded in 1855, was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South and was operating long before the community around it was established. Today, the liberal arts school (approximately 6,000 students) continues to have a significant influence on life here. Just […]

Iconic Fashion Designer Coco Chanel Remembered In Hamburg, Germany
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Iconic Fashion Designer Coco Chanel Remembered In Hamburg, Germany

If you only think of Hamburg, Germany, as a gritty industrial port city, you’ll be pleased to learn its also a major center for art and design. Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Applied Arts) will present “The Chanel Legend” an exhibit remembering one of the most eminent couturiers of the twentieth century, […]

Philadelphia Mural Arts 30th Anniversary Recognized With Exhibit “Beyond The Paint”
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Philadelphia Mural Arts 30th Anniversary Recognized With Exhibit “Beyond The Paint”

In the 1970s, Philadelphia like major cities around the nation had a problem with unsightly graffiti defacing properties and creating an ugly urban environment. Under the leadership of then Mayor Wilson Goode an anti-graffiti task force was formed to clean up the city and to provide young graffiti artists with opportunities to channel their creative […]

Craft Show, Orchestra Concert, and The New Radisson Blu Made Our Philadelphia Visit A Memorable Experience
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Craft Show, Orchestra Concert, and The New Radisson Blu Made Our Philadelphia Visit A Memorable Experience

Each November for the past five years my wife and I have traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show and a concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Its a wonderful experience and one we look forward to each year. This year’s craft show features 195 juried American artists plus 24 […]

Santa Claus Images Have Made Remarkable Changes Over the Years
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Santa Claus Images Have Made Remarkable Changes Over the Years

Santa Claus is one of the most popular images of the Christmas season. We all love the jolly old man with the long white beard and bright red suit with a “belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly.” But the Santa we all love and enjoy has changed a great […]

Largest Exhibit Artifacts Arrive At National African American Museum In D.C.
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Largest Exhibit Artifacts Arrive At National African American Museum In D.C.

Sometimes things are too big to move through a door and must be put in place while a building is under construction. That was the case with two artifacts to be featured in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture slated to open in late 2015. The arrival and installation of two […]

Lewes, Delaware: Lots Of History, Charm, And Tax Free Shopping
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Lewes, Delaware: Lots Of History, Charm, And Tax Free Shopping

Lewes, Delaware, is the “First Town in The First State” and one of the very first settlement in the “new world.” The Pilgrim arrived in Massachusetts in 1620, and the Dutch arrived in Lewes in 1631. The original settlers were quickly dispatched by local native tribes, but a second group a few years later was […]

Food With A Purpose: Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen
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Food With A Purpose: Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen

There are plenty of ethnic restaurants around — anything from Italian to Chinese, French to Thai. However, there’s a small take-out restaurant on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh called Conflict Kitchen that specialized in food from countries where the U.S. has stranded relations –nations like Afghanistan, Iran, and Venezuela. Each of Conflict Kitchen’s […]

Wild Turkeys Were Here Long Before The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving
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Wild Turkeys Were Here Long Before The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving

The wild turkey was Benjamin Franklin’s choice for the United States’ national bird. The noble fowl was a favored food of Native Americans and was on the dinner menu at the first Thanksgiving. When Europeans arrived, they made it one of only two domestic birds native to the Americas—the Muscovy duck was the other. Yet […]