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Tales from Tanzania: Making beer, wedding skirts & attaching to chameleons with the Irwq
December 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

See that guy? That is Martin, and today we visited his house. He is one of the chiefs of the Irwq tribe, the second largest group in Tanzania (after the Maasi). The Irwq (which is nearly impossible for English speakers to pronounce because it requires a guttural sound) are agriculturalists. The traditional Irwq house is […]

In the spirit of Dickens, waste less this Christmas
December 25, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

Ah, Christmas — one of the most beloved holidays ’round the world. There’s nothing like spending quality time with loved ones, giving (and receiving!) gifts, and the smell of your choice of decadent deliciousness roasting in the oven. But did you know that most of what we consider to be “normal” Christmas behavior is a […]

Not that Pope Innocent: Revisiting the fruit cake’s bad rep and the Butter Letter
December 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

You may or may not have heard, but the Magna Carta comes to HMNS on Feb. 14, 2014 — because nothing says romance like an 800-year-old legal document. I was researching the Magna Carta for our educational programming and had performed an Internet search looking for more information on correspondence between Pope Innocent III and King […]

Family time & me time: Have the best of both at HMNS this holiday season
December 23, 2013 · Be The First To Comment

It’s the holiday season – full of food, festivities and family. Sure, you look forward to this month year-round, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get sick of it. Conversations start to get stale, your mother (or worse – mother-in-law) won’t let you stop stuffing your face, and you begin to worry that none of […]

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