Galileo Galilei

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Here is a man who still ranks as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived. He lived his entire life (1564 – 1642) in Italy and moved forward the concept of concise observation. He didn’t accept what had … Continued

The Events of November

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The month of November is known for many things.  It is the month of memories and celebrations:  Veteran’s Day (the 11th) and Thanksgiving (the 4th Thursday) and the opening of the Vietnam War Memorial (1982) come to mind.  It is … Continued

The Events of May

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In looking at the events of the month of May, I was struck once again at the incredible variety of significant items that have taken place during that month.  Interestingly enough, they include the following and many more: 1519 – … Continued

The Events of October

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The month of October has always held special interest because the last day of the month is Halloween.  That day alone conjures up images of fun and craziness and trick or treating.  However, there were many other events that took … Continued

The Events of March

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As we look at the events of history that took place during the month of March, it is amazing to know of the prominent events and the not so prominent events that have greatly impacted our lives.  The prominent events … Continued

The Events of August

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The month of August reminds us that summer still has a ways to go.  Many events have taken place during the month of August that dramatically have impacted American and world history.  Some of those events include: 1492 – Columbus … Continued

The Events of June

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Any time you review the events of a specific month, an array of known and unknown subjects come up.  Such is true when looking at the month of June.  We have well known holidays, such as Flag Day on the … Continued

Madame Marie Curie

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Her name speaks of great accomplishment.  Born in 1867, she lived in a time that did not allow women to do a whole lot outside the home, and yet she went on and became a scientist of the first order. … Continued

The Events of February

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During the month of February, as we celebrate the beginning of a new year, there are many other events of note that also take place.  Some are well known, such as Valentine’s Day and many are quite obscure, such as … Continued

The Events of April

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Sometimes in looking back at history, we focus on individuals or an event or a series of circumstances and we don’t necessarily look at a larger time frame.  In this presentation, we will look at the historical events during the … Continued

The Events of December

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The closing month of the year has no shortage of unique items that take place and represent the spectrum of history.  Some we know a lot about:  December 1st, 1955 – Rosa Parks sat in the wrong bus seat, December … Continued

Eli Whitney

He was born and raised in the North and was a young man (11) when the Revolutionary War started. From his earliest years, he had an intuitive sense of designing and building. Traveling to the South, he encountered the issue … Continued

Stephen Foster

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He was born on the 50th anniversary of America.  He came from a family who lived in the North and had strong feelings regarding the issue of slavery.  He did not have the opportunity of formal musical training, but became … Continued

Harriet Tubman

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The American Moses. She was born in poverty and slavery. She never had the benefit of a formal education. She had what we call street smarts. She inspired many slaves that freedom not only was better, but it was an … Continued

Heinrich Schliemann

He had a difficult childhood, but had an extraordinary gift for languages, which paved the way for business opportunities, immense wealth and a different career prospect: archaeology. From his early childhood on, the ancient world always fascinated Schliemann. He was … Continued

Pompeii

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Destruction and impact. It was a vacation town on the west coast of Italy during the Roman Empire. On August 24, 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius exploded. That explosion buried the adjoining area. It was buried for over 1000 years. The … Continued

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Arguably the greatest artist ever. The story has obscure beginnings that include illegitimacy. His opportunities were limited, but his talent was not. He became well known and could pick and choose projects, but his interests were so varied that his … Continued

The Art of Christmas

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The stories about Jesus’ birth in the nativity begin with the opening chapters of Matthew and Luke. Artists throughout history have tried to recreate those momentous times. Come and see the works of the masters such as: Durer, Da Vinci, … Continued

Alexandre Dumas

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For someone who wrote such incredible stories, how close did fiction replicate the truth? This Alexandre had his father die when he was 4. The father was a banished and ignored war hero from the Napoleonic wars. The son recreated … Continued

Rudyard Kipling

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He came from a privileged background. He began writing and became the patriot voice of the British Empire. His words and his stories inspired generations. His children’s stories became classics (just ask Disney). Come and hear about him and his … Continued

Babe Ruth

He came from a working family in Baltimore. He had a rugged youth so that he was left in a Baltimore orphanage to be raised. It became obvious that he was talented in baseball. Brother Mathias became the driving factor … Continued

The 19th Amendment

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One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified and put into effect. It was an accumulation of years of effort and involved a multitude of people that helped bring about that change. Come and hear the stories of various … Continued

William Wilberforce

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In England, they abolished the slave trade by passing laws. In America, we fought our bloodiest war. Come and hear the story of the man who was the driving force behind banishing slavery in England. Come and hear about William … Continued

Eleanor of Aquitaine

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This woman dominated her century (the 1100s). She became the queen of France and later the queen of England. Two of her four sons became Kings of England. She and her husband (Henry II) did not get along, and yet … Continued

1968

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A year of tragedy in a decade of turmoil. The 1960s changed how America viewed the world. One of those years, 1968, was heart wrenching. With the assassinations and the unexpected statement from the White House and the war protests … Continued

The 1850 Compromise

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In the spring of 1850, three of the most prominent men of the time united one last time to help hold the country together. Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay had spent their adult lives in the legislative … Continued

Napoleon

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His charmed life and his ignominious ending. Napoleon Bonaparte came from beginnings that didn’t offer much promise. His one chance of success and fame was to be the opportunity to join the French military. His unexpected success on the battlefield … Continued

Michelangelo

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The man and his art. His very name inspires awe and almost reverence in seeing what he did. His art transcends time and culture and perception. His greatest masterpiece (arguably) was the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel ceiling was done … Continued

Hitler & Stalin

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Their very names invoke hatred, fear and loathing. They ruled their respective countries with an iron fist. Millions of their countrymen were killed at their orders. Their backgrounds were remarkably similar. They both grew up in abusive situations. Both had … Continued

Jesus

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His impact in the world of his time. The very name inspires questions and wonder. Here is the story of a man who never traveled more than 50 miles from his home, and yet he impacted the world. Here is … Continued

The House of Tudor

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Henry VII through Elizabeth I. The name of that line of kings and queens in English history inspires curiosity and wonder. Would anyone trade a kingdom for a horse? Could any man ever have six wives? What was the “Divine … Continued

The Story of Ulysses

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From Homer to Virgil to Dante to Tennyson. The mention of his name conjures images of greatness. We hear of him from Homer and his feats of military might. Virgil becomes a guide of choice for Dante on his discovery … Continued

William Shakespeare

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Could someone who died over 400 years ago still have such an impact? What do we know about him? Come and see and tour Stratford and retrace his steps to London and the Globe Theatre. Come and experience what he … Continued

Jane Austen

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For someone who lived a very recluse life, Jane Austen created characters that have dominated literary discussions for 200 years. What was her world all about? Who was she and how did her life impact her art? Come and see … Continued

Lewis Carroll

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How could a genius math professor create a story that would transform children’s literature? Come and take a tour of the school where he taught. You can even see how the Harry Potter world was impacted. Hear about the impact … Continued

Eleanor Roosevelt

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For someone who was born in what would appear to be the lap of luxury, why did she struggle badly with self-image throughout much of her life? Being orphaned by the age of 10, being rejected by a difficult mother-in-law, … Continued

The Irish in America

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As a country, we have dealt with immigration issues for all of our history. This is the story of the Irish immigration. The potato blight of the 1840s drove thousands here. Who were they? What have they become? Come and … Continued

Mark Twain

The truly American voice. He was born in obscurity, but proud of his connection to Halley’s Comet. His ultimate goal was to become a river boat captain on the Mississippi River, but the Civil War changed all that. He served … Continued