Geoff Williams, author of “Washed Away,” on the “most widespread flood in American history.”
On March 23, 1913, a series of tornadoes struck the American Midwest. But the twisters were a mere prelude to a greater disaster, one caused by torrential rains. Read More
Sanitation workers take center stage as a modern dance ensemble, inspire audiences.
Trash Dance, a critically-acclaimed “trash truck ballet,” illustrates how workers in unenviable low-income jobs have something more to offer — given the opportunity to rise above the drudgery of their daily routines. Read More
Leonardo and the Last Supper
Until the age of forty-three, Leonardo da Vinci was something of an underachiever. Then he began work on The Last Supper.
At the time of da Vinci’s death in 1519 the Mona Lisa and most of his other paintings were unknown to the world at large — and Leonardo considered himself to have been a failure. Read More
The Mill River Flood, Disaster
In 1874 a tragic industrial disaster wiped out Skinnerville, Massachusetts — and set the stage for one of the greatest business comeback stories in American history.
Silk industry magnate William Skinner lost everything when an inland tidal wave destroyed the company village that bore his name. In “American Phoenix,” author Sarah S. Kilborne recounts the disaster, and how it propelled Skinner to his greatest success. Read More