Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Tea Time

Written on December 12, 2017 at 11:26 am, by

The American colonists in the late 1700s certainly loved their cup of tea. Estimates indicate that colonial tea-drinkers consumed more than a million pounds of tea each year. The tax on tea imported from England was continued after other taxes levied by the Townshend Act were repealed in 1770. The colonists believed Britain was unfairly […]

Pearl Harbor

Written on December 5, 2017 at 12:18 pm, by

Americans turning on their radios on Sunday, December 7, 1941 heard the stunning news, “The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor.”  In a surprise attack beginning just before 8:00 A.M. Hawaiian time, Japanese fighter planes descended on the Naval Air Station at Oahu, Hawaii and damaged or destroyed nearly 20 American naval vessels and over 300 […]

Election of 1824

Written on November 28, 2017 at 11:05 am, by

There were four candidates in the U.S. presidential election of 1824. They included Secretary of State John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts, son of the second President, John Adams. John Quincy Adams, a Federalist, believed in a strong centralized government. The candidate from Tennessee, Andrew Jackson, was a hero of the War of 1812 and idol […]

Ely Samuel Parker

Written on November 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm, by

Ely Samuel Parker (Hasanoanda) was a Seneca Indian, born in 1828 on the Tonawanda Reservation in eastern New York.  As a young man he became Sachem of the Six Iroquois Nations, served as an intermediary for his people and was called Donehogawa.  In his youth, Ely S. Parker was educated at a missionary school and […]

Conestoga Wagons

Written on November 14, 2017 at 11:22 am, by

Conestoga wagons played an important part in early American history. The Conestoga wagon was first made about 1750 by Pennsylvania Germans in the Conestoga River region of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The handcrafted wooden wagon was designed to haul heavy loads over rough roads and could carry up to six tons of freight. The curved shape […]

Veterans Day

Written on November 7, 2017 at 10:56 am, by

Veterans Day, November 11, was originally called Armistice Day, to commemorate the cessation of hostilities of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and to honor those who died in the war. Armistice Day became a Federal holiday in 1938. In 1954 the name was […]

Women Airforce Service

Written on October 31, 2017 at 9:03 am, by

The Women Air Force Service Pilots or  WASP, called “Women’s Army Service Pilots” by some, was a paramilitary aviation organization. The WASP’s predecessors. The Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) was organized separately in September 1942. They were the pioneering  organizations of civilian female pilots to fly military aircraft […]

Teddy Roosevelt

Written on October 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm, by

Life at the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States, has seldom been as fascinating to the public as it was during the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, twenty-sixth President of the United States. Roosevelt, born in New York on October 27, 1858, was serving as Vice President when President William […]

Olive Branch Petition

Written on October 17, 2017 at 11:32 am, by

The Olive Branch Petition was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 5, 1775 in a final attempt to avoid a full-on war between Britain and the thirteen colonies represented in that Congress. The Congress had already authorized the invasion of Canada more than a week earlier, but the petition affirmed American loyalty to […]

The Residence Act

Written on October 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm, by

The permanent location of the U.S. capital at Washington, D.C. resulted from the Residence Act, approved on July 16, 1790. The official title was “An Act for Establishing the Temporary and Permanent Seat of Government of the United States.” The Residence Act provided for establishing a district or territory, not to exceed ten miles square, […]