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Bald Eagle

In 1782 the bald eagle became the national symbol of the United States, when the Great Seal was adopted.  At the Second Continental Congress the colonies determined an official seal was needed. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were appointed as the committee to design a seal. The design they submitted was rejected by […]

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone and 35 axmen blazed a trail called the WILDERNESS ROAD from Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky for the Transylvania Company. When the trail opened in 1775 it became the route of 70,000 settlers who came to Kentucky on foot or horseback before the trail was upgraded to a wagon road […]


Missouri’s native son, Mark Twain (1830-1910), has been quoted as saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  Weather affects all aspects of life, and is frequently the topic of conversation and complaints. One of the most dramatic weather events in the United States occurred on January 23 and 24, 1916 […]

Hillary Diane Rodham

Hillary Diane Rodham, eldest child of Hugh and Dorothy Rodham was born October 26, 1947 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Two brothers, Hugh and Tony, soon followed. Hillary’s childhood was happy and disciplined. She   loved sports and her church, and was a  member of the National Honor Society, and a student leader. Her parents encouraged her […]

Electoral College

The Founding Fathers established the Electoral System in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election by direct vote of the people. The President and Vice-President are the only federal officials chosen by the Electoral System instead of by direct popular vote. The Electoral College is […]

North Africa Cemetery

North Africa Cemetery is located in close proximity to the site of the ancient city of Carthage, Tunisia, destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C., and lies over part of the site of Roman Carthage. It is near the present town of the same name, 10 miles from the city of Tunis. At this cemetery, […]

Jeannette Rankin

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana made history by becoming the first woman elected to national office in the U.S. At the time Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, women were still widely regarded as not only unfit to hold office, but also unfit to help choose the men who should hold […]

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument,  one of Washington. D. C.’s, most iconic structures, as well as its tallest,  opened to the public 125 years ago, on October 9, 1888. This towering tribute to America’s first president took a century to plan and construct and wasn’t completed until the nation’s 21st  president was in office. Additionally, the monument […]

Ex Naval Pilot Honoring Shipmates for 61st Consecutive Memorial Day Service 

Ex Naval Pilot Honoring Shipmates for 61st Consecutive Memorial Day Service 

reprinted from the May 17, 2007 edition of the Memphis Democrat in memory of WW-II vet Charles Harris who passed away this week. On Monday, when Charles Harris steps to the podium, salutes the flag and leads the gathering in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, it will mark the 61st consecutive time the former Navy […]

Valley Forge

On December 11, 1777, General George Washington began marching the 12,000 soldiers of his Continental Army from Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, where they had encamped for six weeks, to winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As Washington’s men began crossing the Schuylkill River, they were surprised by a regiment of several thousand British troops led by Gen. […]

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