Saturday, June 26, 2004

Heritage Square Museum

Heritage Square Museum
A mid-1800s crossroads community in the upstate New York village of Ontario. Tours and activities to educate children and adults about local history by showing the actual buildings and living environments where people worked and lived.

From the site:

Come visit a historic crossroads community of the mid-1800's. Step into the past and relive a touch of mid 19th Century Americana. See the sights, hear the stories, experience being where families like yours lived over a hundred years ago. Heritage Square Museum at the Brick Church Corners was proudly placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. We invite you to come and experience history with us. We ask a donation of $ 1. for non-members. As always, there is plenty of Free Parking. Group tours are always welcome and we are open Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 to 4 pm from May thru September as well as by appointment..

Friday, June 25, 2004

Victorian Station

Victorian Station Dedicated to Victorian enthusiasts: a brief history and photos of the Victorian Era including Queen Victoria, Cameos and Victorian Architecture

From the site:

We offer you a wealth of information with regard to the Victorian era including features such as architecture, Victorian home decorating ideas, life styles, arts and literature and royalty. Our national database of associations and organizations can be of significant help.

Make sure to visit our own Victorian Era Mall for all your interior and exterior decorating and restoration needs, unique Victorian gifts, crafts, fashion and more. Enjoy the music and ambience as you journey back in time.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding Here is a biography of American President Harding. He is known as one of the most corrupt presidents in American history.

From the site:

Warren Gamaliel Harding ( November 2 , 1865 - August 2 , 1923 ) was the 29th ( 1921 - 1923 ) President of the United States and the sixth President to die in office.

Harding was born in Blooming Grove, Morrow County , Ohio , November 2 , 1865 and graduated from Ohio Central College at Iberia. He was the first sitting Senator to be elected President . Before becoming a Senator, he was a newspaper publisher and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio .

Harding was the oldest of six children; his boyhood heroes were Alexander Hamilton and Napoleon . His mother was a doctor.

Prior to being President of the United States, Harding served as Ohio State Senator (1899-1903), Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1903-1905), and U.S. Senator (1915-1921). As U.S. Senator, he had a terrible attendance record, missing over 2/3s of the roll-call votes, including the vote to send the 19th Amendment ( Women's Suffrage ) to the States for ratification.

In 1889 (when he was 24) Harding suffered a nervous breakdown and spent several weeks in a sanitarium. Two years later he married Florence "Flossie" Mabel Kling DeWolfe, age 30, a divorcee with one son. Flossie was described as stubborn and old-fashioned. Five years older than he, she had pursued him persistently, until he reluctantly gave in. Her father opposed the marriage, warning her not to marry into "the black-blooded Harding family."

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Pike and Shot Society - Renaissance Warfare 1400-1720

Pike and Shot Society - Renaissance Warfare 1400-1720 Society promoting interest in warfare during the period 1400 through 1720. Tables of contents and article excerpts from their print journal, wargames information and links to other early-modern warfare sites.

From the site:

The Pike and Shot Society is an international organization aimed at promoting interest in the military the period 1400 - 1720. Founded nearly 30 years ago its membership consists of both academics and members of the public from all over the world, brought together by a common interest in warfare in the early modern world. It's journal, Arquebusier, is published six times a year and contains articles, reviews, and news of interest to the membership.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

dMarie Time Capsule

dMarie Time Capsule: Enables users to create printable "Time Capsules" for any date in history from 1800 to 2001, although "data for the years 1800 - 1875 is probably spotty."

From the site:

To begin, enter a date in the box above and click either:

Quick Page - this button will automatically generate a Time Capsule page for you. - OR -

Advanced Page - this button will lead you through a 'wizard' that allows you to select specific headlines, birthdays, songs, TV shows, toys, and books for the selected date. You can edit the information, or even add your own information to the final page!

When you're through, you'll be presented with your own customized page that includes all the information you've chosen, plus typical consumer prices from that year, Academy Award winners that year, etc.

We currently have data online for the years 1800 through 2002, although data for the years 1800 - 1875 is probably spotty. The latest headlines for 2003 may not yet be available, so you might need to type in your own.

If you're reaching this via a direct link somewhere, be sure to visit our home page at http://dMarie.com, containing over 20,000 online scrapbook layouts, discussion boards, chat rooms, poetry database, page toppers database, and more!

Enjoy!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil-Rights Leader

Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil-Rights Leader. Short biographical sketch of King's life, followed by annotated listing of recommended books about King.

From the site:

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 at his family home in Atlanta, Georgia. King was an eloquent Baptist minister and leader of the civil-rights movement in America from the Mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. King promoted non-violent means to achieve civil-rights reform and was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

King's grandfather was a Baptist preacher. His father was pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church. King earned his own Bachelor of Divinity degree from Crozier Theological Seminary in 1951 and earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Boston University in 1955.

While at seminary King became acquainted with Mohandas Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent social protest. On a trip to India in 1959 King met with followers of Gandhi. During these discussions he became more convinced than ever that nonviolent resistance was the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.

As a pastor of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Alabama, King lead a Black bus boycott. He and ninety others were arrested and indicted under the provisions of a law making it illegal to conspire to obstruct the operation of a business. King and several others were found guilty, but appealed their case. As the bus boycott dragged on, King was gaining a national reputation. The ultimate sucess of the Montgomery bus boycott made King a national hero.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Teaching about the Soviet Union.

Teaching about the Soviet Union. This is an essay which gives ideas for teaching about the Soviet Union including it's history. The essay is from 1987 (and the Soviet Union stilled existed then!) so it disuccess the Soviet Union in the present tense but I don't think that takes away from the underlying value.

From the site:

WHAT STRATEGIES MIGHT BE USED TO TEACH ABOUT THE SOVIET UNION?

--Emphasize a historical approach to the study of the Soviet Union. History is one of the keys to understanding institutions and patterns of culture in the Soviet Union today. Above all, it is necessary to understand that the Soviet Union has not followed a direct line of development. Like other nations, the Soviet Union has gone through periods of crisis, reform, and conservative reaction. A close examination of the domestic policies of Soviet leaders reveals government uncertainty, stasis, and attempts to reform an often cumbersome system of political administration.

--Use geography as a means of interpreting and understanding some of the problems facing the Soviet Union today. The geographical location of the Soviet Union affects agriculture, transportation, and the use of natural resources. Moscow and Leningrad are located on northerly latitudes roughly equivalent to points in Ontario Province and Anchorage, Alaska, respectively. Agriculturally, this means the Soviet Union has an extremely short growing season. Weather conditions are often severe and highly variable. As a result, food supplies vary dramatically from city to city and region to region. Large areas of the Soviet Union remain frozen in winter and undergo surface thaw resulting in swamplike conditions during warmer months, hindering road construction and transportation to the outreaches of Siberia.

--Compare and contrast governmental and economic systems and the social values underlying these institutions. Comparing the American and Soviet constitutions provides one important exercise. Much can be learned by examining the content, beliefs, and traditions surrounding these documents.