Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […]Read More Which of these presidents is father to the National Parks?
Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s officially Washington’s Birthday, squeezing Lincoln off the federal calendar. But it reminds us that presidents are, truly, just people.Read More Presidents Day
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 […]Read More Week in Review: Week 6
Reading Time: 2 minutes Visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library may be surprised that the man who held together the North and South is admired in the East as he is in the West.Read More Abe Lincoln in China?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Abraham Lincoln had two faces: A gentle, humorous right side and a “primitive” left side. Doctors explain why.Read More The two faces of Honest Abe
Reading Time: < 1 minute Writers often have to decide which is more important: literal accuracy or historical truth. Screenwriter Tony Kushner said he had his reasons.Read More The wrong side of history
Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […]Read More Week in Review: Week 5
Reading Time: 2 minutes In a speech this week, President Biden said those who oppose the election bill are racists. Did he learn personal attacks from Donald Trump?Read More Foul: Ad Hominem