Arts & Humanities
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By Maureen Ose Passion fueled the building of the world’s largest collection of quilts. More intense dedication led to the construction of a glorious new home for the quilts. Lincoln, Neb., is now home to the finest quilt museum in the world. Why quilts? Why a quilt museum?
For many historians, the ’30s represents a time when the American people were looking for ways to survive in a national crisis. Indeed, the crisis was not a simple one. Its complexities featured an extensive economic depression, a devastating environmental disaster—the Dust Bowl on the Great Plains—and the looming signs of yet another world war. How Americans sought to understand and prevail over these national catastrophes is a tale of determination and success.
Cuba has long been associated with creative, exciting, lively dances that reveal the African and Spanish historical influences of Cuba. While anyone can “dance Cuban” in Miami or Los Angeles clubs, there is nothing more exhilarating than dancing Cuban dances to the beat of the professionals playing guiros and the maracas under the stars at the world-famous Tropicana in Habana. The Tropicana show is a Cuban-style Cirque de Soleil-type performance. After the show and a short break, the entire Tropicana stage opens up for the guests to dance into the early hours of the morning.
All across the country, Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods has opened up discussions, spawned reading groups and brought together individuals and organizations with a common interest in conservation and the environment.