Category Archives: President

An unexpected Lincoln house

Most people associate Lincoln with Illinois. They do not expect to find Lincoln history in Vermont. On a recent trip to the Green Mountain state, my family visited Hildene, the home of the Lincoln family for 70 years… Robert Todd … Continue reading

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Memories of TV Korea

On a recent trip to Los Angeles it was a sunny spring day and I wanted to hike. I ended up at a place at once familiar and remote. I recognized the shape of the mountains instantly. I was in … Continue reading

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Washington Square in Philly

I would venture a guess that most people outside of Philadelphia have never heard of Washington Square, a 6.4 acre park sitting diagonal on the city grid from Independence Hall, birthplace of the United States.  This vast grassy park is … Continue reading

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Mrs. Lincoln’s family home

Nineteenth century author Sarah Orne Jewett wrote about visiting the home of the Brontë sisters in England: “Nothing you ever read about them can make you know them until you go there. Never mind people who tell you there is … Continue reading

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George Washington’s bath tub

The sign read “George Washington’s bath tub (1748).” If someone meant to get my attention, they succeeded. This rectangular stone tub encloses one of the natural warm springs in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The town was originally called Bath in … Continue reading

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Nahant, a New England paradise

Nothing beats a personal tour of someone’s neighborhood. For a while my friend had been inviting me to visit his slice of paradise, an idyllic New England peninsula with Atlantic Ocean on one side and miniature Boston skyline across the … Continue reading

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Hometown pride

I grew up in a beautiful and historic spot on the East Coast – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, county seat of Lancaster County which was founded in 1729. Lancaster is often called the oldest inland city in America… granted a moniker that … Continue reading

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The President and his mules

Nope, not President Harry Truman, who said “My favorite animal is the mule. He has more horse sense than a horse.” You may be surprised which president. Last spring I was doing some research about the history of mules in … Continue reading

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The President is shot!

April 14, 1865. After four bloody years the Civil War is all but over. President and Mrs. Lincoln ride to Ford’s Theatre, arriving about twenty minutes after the show has started. While they try to sneak in, it is impossible. The … Continue reading

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History near the blossoms

One evening a few days ago I left work, turned into the setting sun, and walked west toward the Jefferson Memorial. More and more people crowded the sidewalk, all heading the same direction. The swarm was headed toward the cherry … Continue reading

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