Category Archives: HISTORICAL

County Fairs

Written on July 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm, by

The summer months are a time for fairs and festivals throughout the United States. The history of county fairs goes back many years. Jefferson County, New York, lays claim to the oldest continuously operating county fair in the U.S.  On October 25, 1817, the community leaders of the county came together to form the Jefferson […]

Independence Hall

Written on July 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm, by

Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building was completed in 1753 as the Pennsylvania State House, and served as the capitol for the Province and […]

Independence Day

Written on July 2, 2019 at 8:38 am, by

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a national holiday and a time of celebration. It is also time for reflection and remembrance of the struggles of the thirteen British colonies that led to the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The path to independence by the colonies began years before […]

Liberty Bell

Written on June 25, 2019 at 11:09 am, by

The Liberty Bell – tradition tells of a chime that changed the world on July  8,1778, with the Liberty Bell ringing out from  the  tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon. The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the bell in […]

Great Seal

Written on June 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm, by

The Great Seal of the United States was adopted by Congress on June 20, 1782.  On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams as the committee to select a design for a national seal. The new nation needed a symbol of sovereignty to authenticate its international treaties and […]

Battle of Germantown

Written on June 10, 2019 at 10:45 pm, by

The Battle of Germantown was a major engagement in the Philadelphia campaign of the Revolutionary War. It was fought on  October 4, 1777, at Germantown, Pennsylvania between the British Army led by Sir William Howe, and the American Continental Army with the Canadian Regiment under George Washington. After defeating the Continental Army at the Battle […]

The Old Guard

Written on June 3, 2019 at 8:43 pm, by

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, long known as “The Old Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, having served since 1784. The regiment got its nickname from  General Winfield Scott during a victory parade in Mexico City in 1847, in recognition of its years of service to the nation.  The 3rd Infantry’s […]

Great Depression

Written on May 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm, by

The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from 1929 to 1939. It began after  the stock market crash  of October  1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of  investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep […]

A Look Back at Local Veteran for Memorial Day

Written on May 24, 2019 at 9:00 am, by

Seventy-four years ago a young Scotland County resident was set to become a Navy Air Cadet. As Memorial Day approaches, we take a look back at the 1945 Memphis Reville Article: Harvey Musgrove Becomes Navy Air Cadet Lt. Cmdr. F.G. Lasecke, officer in charge of the office of Naval Officer Procurement, Kansas City, has announced […]

Memorial Day

Written on May 21, 2019 at 11:26 am, by

The date for observing Memorial Day is near, and it is timely to be reminded of the origins of this meaningful holiday which honors all men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  By the late 1860s, people in various towns and cities had begun paying springtime tributes to the countless fallen […]