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Inside the Digital Effort to Trace the Descendants of Freed Slaves

The Freedmen's Bureau Project will give millions of African-Americans the means to explore their ancestry.

Over 1.5 million documents that record the family histories of Civil War era African-Americans will be digitized and made available online for the first time, providing African-Americans with a vast and vital resource with which to research their family history. The effort, called The Freedmen’s Bureau Project, is being spearheaded by FamilySearch International, a nonprofit geneology organization, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the California African American Museum.

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Want to Help Rebuild Christchurch, New Zealand? Just Design (or Sing) Like You Give a Damn

Architecture for Humanity is helping Christchurch rebuild after the quake. Chip in!

Christchurch, New Zealand was struck by a powerful and devastating 6.3 earthquake on February 22nd. A state of emergency has been declared and at this moment hundreds of people are still missing. Architecture for Humanity is lending their support to the cause and there are two ways you can get involved.

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Food for Thinkers: Traces of the Future

From dried fish bones in Qatar and early descriptions of the tomato in English cookbooks to the difficulty of reconstructing historical kitchens.


I admit it. I'm completely overwhelmed by the incredibly quality and quantity of posts written by so many of my favorite writers for Food for Thinkers week.

So, as I count down the last hours of the week (at least here in Los Angeles), here are a handful more tasty treats for your delectation.

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