Latest from Michael E. Ruane

Human remains found at Williamsburg archaeology dig

Human remains found at Williamsburg church dig. Archaeologists find bone and tooth at site of vanished historic Black church.
  • Feb 22, 2021

West Point football was all-White until 1966. So why does this 1920s photo show an all-Black squad?

West Point’s all black football team emerges from forgotten 1920s photos. National Archives scans reveal rare images of a black squad at the Army's elite academy.
  • Feb 22, 2021

National Zoo to split with longtime partner FONZ

The pressure of the pandemic has forced a financial reckoning.
  • Feb 4, 2021

Hundreds died on World War II ‘hell ships’. Now there’s an effort to identify the dead.

Pentagon experts seek to exhume remains of World War II Japanese “Hell Ships” victims. One daughter, now 82, hopes the father she never knew will be among them.
  • Jan 29, 2021

This is how D.C. looks like the day before Biden’s inauguration

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, downtown Washington, D.C., looked nearly barren with the exception of a few protestors and military security.
  • Jan 19, 2021

Watch the U.S. Marine Band rehearse for Biden's inauguration

The United States Marine Band held its last rehearsal on Jan. 19 before taking stage at the presidential inauguration.
  • Jan 19, 2021

The Marine Band has played at every inauguration since Jefferson. It’s one tradition that will carry on this year.

After fear, violence and shattered traditions, the Marine Band hopes to lift the nation’s spirits.
  • Jan 19, 2021

Lincoln’s first inauguration met with threats of kidnapping, killing and militias

Threats of murder, marches to DC by militia, and kidnapping plots greeted Lincoln’s first inauguration. The tense ceremony, on the eve of Civil War, was held on the east front of the Capitol in 1861, where earlier this month Trump mobs terrorized Congress, breached the building and attacked police.
  • Jan 15, 2021

Pandemic forces Holocaust survivor interviews onto Zoom

With in-person meetings cancelled, time and covid have pushed voices of the Holocaust online.
  • Dec 20, 2020