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A Home for History Nerds: Washington D.C.

When my friends talk about Thanksgiving traditions, they talk about classic things: turkey, specialty sides, visiting infrequently seen loved ones, maybe even some family squabbles. I can’t relate. For the last few years, my family traveled during Thanksgiving. And not to see relatives, but for a family vacation. The reasoning? With everyone’s busy schedule, especially[…]

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6 Things To Know Before Visiting Poland

Heading to a new country, especially one with a unique culture, can be challenging. There are many ways cultures can be different, and at times it can feel like you have no idea what you are walking into. Here are some things that surprised me when visiting Poland. World Youth Day Something I had never considered[…]

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The History of Polish Amber

One of the engaging museums I visited in Gdansk was the Amber Museum. I thought it would be interesting to see preserved insects and animals, but left wanting to learn much more about amber. The museum covered the history of amber, its relation to Gdansk, and its importance in science. It was very informative, and sparked an interest in amber, something I[…]

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The Controversy of the World War II Museum

One of the coolest museums my study abroad group visited in Gdansk was one that technically wasn’t a museum yet – rather the promise of one. The World War II Museum in Gdansk was set to be open, but thanks to complications the opening has been postponed. Today it is a partially constructed building, one I was[…]

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The European Solidarity Centre and Design

In Poland I have seen many amazing museums, each with something special about it. Some are completely immersive, others are making improvements on data collection, and yet others are controversial. If I had to attribute any defining characteristic to the European Solidarity Centre, it would be its design. The European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk is[…]

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Westerplatte and World War II History

While in Gdansk I had the opportunity to visit an important location in World War II history, a place that I had never heard about prior to my time in Poland: Westerplatte. Westerplatte is where the first battle of World War II took place, with Polish armed resistance fighting against invading German naval forces and Danzig police. The tour I[…]

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9 Things Learned at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was one of the better museums I saw while visiting Poland. The museum, which opened in 2013, features over 1,000 years of Jewish history within Poland. While touring the museum I had a tour guide, which I would not recommend. It resulted in my time in the[…]

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Top 13 Prague Attractions

In only three days Prague has managed to become one of my favorite cities, with its beautiful architecture, rich history, and plethora of things to do. While in the Czech Republic I focused on many historical aspects of Prague and surrounding towns, especially in relation to World War II history. Because of this, I was able[…]

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Learning History a New Way

Originally published February 2016 One of the best history classes I took last semester was amazing not because of the content, not because of the teacher (although Regina Kazyulina was a pretty great professor), but because of the different approach taken to teach the material. I learned history in an entirely new way, a way that did not include textbooks.[…]