Category Archives: HISTORICAL

White House

Written on February 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm, by

The White House, one of the most recognizable buildings in Washington, DC., was designed by James Hoban, an Irish-born-and-trained architect who won a competition organized by President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1792. He also designed the Capitol. Although  President Washington oversaw construction, he never lived in the house. President John […]

Carrier Pigeons

Written on February 14, 2017 at 9:16 am, by

The use of carrier pigeons was a unique form of communication during World War II. The U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard each had their own well-trained birds. The use of carrier pigeons did not originate with World War II. The Romans used them in ancient times, and the U.S. Army Signal Corps established […]

Thomas Hart Benton

Written on February 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm, by

Another famous Missourian was Senator Thomas Hart Benton. He was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on March 14, 1782. He was the first son of Jesse Benton and Ann Gooch. When Thomas was eight years old, his father died of Tuberculosis. After a disturbance at school while studying to become a lawyer, he moved with […]

Fort Ross

Written on January 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm, by

In February of 1812, Russia established Fort Ross on the coast north of San Francisco, California. The Russians had begun to expand into the North American continent in 1741, with  a scientific expedition to Alaska. The expedition found abundant sea otters and returned to Russia with the news, resulting in Russian investment in the fur […]

Kit Carson

Written on January 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm, by

Kit Carson was an American frontiersman, trapper, soldier, and Indian agent who made an important contribution to the westward expansion of the United States. Born on Christmas Eve, 1809, Christopher “Kit” Carson became one of  the   most famous figures   in  the American West. He grew up on    the Missouri frontier on lands bought from the […]

The Honey War

Written on January 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm, by

A confrontation that has been called the “silliest war in American history” took place in the winter of 1839 in Northeast Missouri. The incident called the Honey War grew out of a long-standing dispute between Iowa and Missouri over the boundary line between the two states. The line was originally surveyed in 1816 by J.C. […]

Bill of Rights

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:19 am, by

More than two hundred years ago, a miracle happened in Philadelphia! The United States Constitution was drawn  up  and ratified. It is the  oldest written body of laws, still in use, in the whole  world. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the Constitution is a series of miracles—one of which is the […]

Nellie Tayloe Ross

Written on January 10, 2017 at 8:54 am, by

With her inauguration on January 5, 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the nation’s first woman governor. Nellie Ross, a native of northwest Missouri, was the widow of William B. Ross, who had been elected governor of Wyoming in 1922 and died October 2, 1924 from appendicitis, after serving only one year and ten […]

19th Amendment

Written on December 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm, by

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications for voting, and until the 1910s   most states did not allow women  to vote. […]

Esek Hopkins

Written on December 20, 2016 at 9:36 am, by

On December 22, 1775, the Continental Congress created a Continental Navy. The first commander in chief of the fleet being assembled at Philadelphia was Esek Hopkins, who was given the title of Admiral by George Washington. Hopkins’ brother, Stephen Hopkins, governor of Rhode Island and chairman of the naval committee of the Continental Congress, persuaded […]