Which of these presidents is father to the National Parks?

Reading Time: < 1 minutes All four–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln–are honored on Mount Rushmore. But which planted the seed for the whole national park system? Roosevelt, the conservationist and activist, is most associated with the National Parks system. His legacy of national parks and monuments includes Crater Lake, Wind Cave, Mesa Verde, Devil’s Tower, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon. But it was Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading Which of these presidents is father to the National Parks?

Week in Review: Week 6

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. At one time we celebrated it as a national holiday. Today, though, the world little notes nor long remembers it. This display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is titled “Lincoln Fights Fake News.” The book is an unauthorized biography a friend sent him to fact-check after his unsuccessful 1858 Senate run. The highlights and marginalia are … Continue reading Week in Review: Week 6

Week in Review: Week 5

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day popped up on the calendar this past week, and my post about it got the most views of any post so far this year. Since the start of this blog more than three years ago, the most-read post is The birth of Bubble Wrap, so that’s no surprise. Probably that’s because the content is universal but unique—everyone loves Bubble Wrap, but … Continue reading Week in Review: Week 5