Category Archives: Smithsonian Institute

O, FOR HISTORY: “Slipped the surly bonds of earth…”

I had my general music students in the high school’s library to complete a project. I caught several teachers gathered around the television in the audio-visual room.  After investigating, I called the students over to watch the event. “I can … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11th is a day to celebrate a great United States citizen who was the First Lady of New York state and our nation, humanitarian, columnist, author, United Nations delegate, and the niece and goddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Visiting Presidential Sites…

Since I was very young, I’ve immersed myself in presidential history, and have loved visiting historical sites associated with our nation’s leaders.  Today, my friend, Jeff Carter, and I were discussing our bucket lists of places to visit, and I … Continue reading

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…Presidential Funerals…

Video clips of presidential funerals from William McKinley to Ronald Reagan, in order of their presidency.  

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…Earliest recordings of Presidents…

This is believed to be the oldest known recording of any U.S. President. It was recorded on an Edison wax cylinder sometime around 1889.

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From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians

From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians   “The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call “assimilated,” bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our … Continue reading

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Sam Waterston's Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007

Sam Waterston�s Remarks at Monticello, July 4th, 2007 It’s wonderful to be here and a privilege, indeed, to congratulate you, the heroes of the moment in the great work of making and sustaining a government that derives its authority from … Continue reading

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A relaxing holiday…

It is Monday, 1:00pm. The end of the restful, and enjoyable holiday weekend is creeping upon us.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the most perfect days we’ve had in weeks. Saturday was a bit steamy, but not too hateful. Sunday, … Continue reading

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We… Hold… These… Truths…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence (Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776) The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected … Continue reading

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Smithsonian is born…

Well, not exactly… This is the date in 1829 that James Smithson of England died (and not because Germany beat them in the World Cup in 2010). Here’s the story… How our country built The Smithsonian Institution

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