Children Portraits at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville​, Arkansas)

The manner a society relates to children is telling for its economic and cultural level, in other words, for its developmental stage. A liberal society will tend to be more empowering towards its children, whereas a conservative society will focus on the obedience of children. This simple idea is clearly expressed by the children portraits displayed…

Houses of Eureka Springs (North-West Arkansas, USA)

Eureka Springs used to be a spot known for its curing springs, but today it is mostly known for its excellently preserved old houses (i.e. dating from the last decades of the nineteenth century). The local springs, which were known as early as the Civil War time (i.e. many wounded soldiers spent their convalescence here), have…

Slovak Pioneers in the Prairie lands (Eastern Arkansas, USA)

In the last decade of the nineteenth century, struggling Slovak coal-miners and farmers of the north-eastern USA (e.g. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois) pay heed to the advertisements in Slovak promoted by the National Slovak Society which was presenting agricultural settlements in Arkansas. The so-called `colonization companies` of the time were buying land in the remote rural…

A Jewel of Eureka Springs: Saint Elizabeth Of Hungary Catholic Church

The visitor finds an interesting church hidden behind the majestic Crescent Hotel, where once stood its terraced gardens. What first calls the attention is the blend of architectural styles, Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque visible in two adjoining constructions, as well as in the bell-tower. The Byzantine-style building has a rotunda-like roof, and its exterior resemblance…

Hotels of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA: Crescent and Basin Park *

Eureka Springs, dubbed `the Little Switzerland of the USA` is a small town in the Ozark Mountains, in the North-Western part of Arkansas. Today, it is one of the best-preserved late-nineteenth-century architectural complexes; its cozy chalets, elegant lodges, public buildings, and imposing hotels still echo the glory of a turn of the century spa town.…

Mailboxes of America

Americans like to attach a symbol to things that in some other parts of the world are not even considered a part of a person or a house`s identity. There is much talk about the flag but true stars are mailboxes as well. The fact that a significant part of America`s population lives in individual houses…

Bookish Businesses

Bookmobiles or mobile libraries have been a constant presence in cities, Western world and Eastern bloc alike. In the former, the idea that stood at the basis of such an enterprise was Andrew Carnegie`s project according to which each person should have both financial and intellectual access to books; in the latter, it was thought…