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Fun Franklin Facts

Ben Franklin with Kite

Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary American. His résumé would include: founding father, Renaissance man, editor, author, publisher, inventor, scientist, scholar, philosopher, politician, statesman, ambassador, diplomat, benefactor and even fashion icon. You can learn all about the life of this unusual and creative and inspiring man by watching “Benjamin Franklin,” a two-part, four-hour documentary by Ken… read more >>

Women’s History Month – using Online Resources

Women's History Month

Did you know that Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week? In fact, the celebration of women’s history is a fairly recent celebration as its origins go back to 1978 – only 44 years ago! It started in California when Sonoma school district devoted a week to celebrating women’s contributions to history. The idea… read more >>

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations General Assembly designates January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  On this date in 1945, the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.  All member nations of the United Nations are encouraged to honor the victims of the Holocaust.  To learn more about how the United Nations recognizes this day visit the United Nations… read more >>

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Let’s Never Forget

USS Missouri battleship in Pearl Harbor

The day that started the World War for the U.S.A. December 7, 1941 is the day that Japanese forces attacked U.S. soil with hundreds of fighter planes. In the end they were able to destroy or damage twenty Navy vessels, which included eight battleships and over 300 planes. More than 2,400 Americans died, including civilians,… read more >>

Happy Thanksgiving!

Family or friends praying holding hands at Thanksgiving celebration table

Today is Thanksgiving Day!  As you recline on the couch, digesting your feast, kick back and enjoy this blog all about Thanksgiving. History In the United States, Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November, and this year that is November 25.  (The United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Japan also celebrate similar holidays about being… read more >>

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in November.

November is a month to recognize the many accomplishments and honor the history of the First Peoples of America. The background into the creation of this month-long celebration goes back over a century, which you can read about at the NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov website. There’s  even more historical details, including a great timeline to all the Congressional Resolutions… read more >>

Chewing Gum In History

Taking chewing gum

September 30 is National Chewing Gum Day.  Besides exercise for the jaw, the history of gum chewing is flavorful!    Scientists have found a wad of birch resin with tooth imprints that was chewed in Finland from 9,000 years ago.  Why did they chew it?  Maybe for the same reason we do: enjoyment.  Maybe they also like the fresh breath… read more >>