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History on Saturday: Pilgrim Hall Museum


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History On Saturday

Saturdays are a great time to gather the family up, bring a group, go on a date or venture out alone and visit webs and real-time historical sites. Today’s feature is:

The Pilgrim Hall Museum

The Pilgrim Hall Museum is a fascinating place to visit. The museum offers a way for visitors to learn about folks who immigrated to a new land to start a new life. We watch shows on TV today about going to new places to start a new life such the as survivor shows. These early Americans were not just trying to prove they could survive but to begin anew, build community, raise families and form government. In the Pilgrim Museum, you can see artifacts that early Americans brought with them on the Mayflower. You can also meet Native Americans that helped our first pioneers and the relationships they formed.

Visit, browse, and check out the gift shop which has books to further explore artifacts and the topics presented. View the online exhibits and escape to time in the past and see how it relates to our modern time.

The Pilgrim Museum homepage and online exhibits: http://www.pilgrimhall.org/about.htm

The gift shop: http://pilgrimhallmuseum.pinnaclecart.com/

Happy History on Saturday!

History on Saturday-Million Man March 1963


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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963, where many various groups organized a meeting for people to come together to show their support of the Civil Rights Movement. It culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, I Have a Dream Speech.

This is a popular event in history but one that is repeatedly told through popular history circles. If one were to grab a few books and do some research at a local library they would find there was much more to the civil rights than that. Dr. King himself was a small part of the movement. Not unlike today, people tended to rally around those they felt confident to be the fore runner for justice in our country and he was chosen for the civil rights movement at the time. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for it too. Today we celebrate his life, work and death as we keep the memory alive and his dream lives on in the hearts of many. He would be amazed at the progress we have accomplished since that time but he would also tell us to keep working toward our goals.

I am including some webs I found to visit that offers insight into the importance of the civil rights movement, Dr. King, and the march. Enjoy!

The Civil Rights Movement:

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/1945-present/civil-rights-movement

Dr. King:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/

The March:

http://www.npr.org/news/specials/march40th/march.html

Bald Eagle: A Not so Favored History


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I have watched the Norfolk eagle cam for over five years now but this year it is no more. Due to safety concerns of a neighboring airport, scientists were forced to remove the nest, where Dad eagle returned annually to give people around the world a glimpse into their mysterious world. Perhaps one day, another nest will be made somewhere nearby and another eagle father and patriarch will adorn us once more with the reality TV of a Bald eagle family.

The American Bald eagle is certainly a beautiful bird. It is a rarity to see one but those occurrences are ever improving due to various conservation programs committed to the safety and protection of them and their increasing numbers. Usually they are found near sources of water but sometimes they do travel inland whenever it suits them. The American Bald eagle, national symbol of the United States, was chosen by a congressional committee in 1782 as the representative national bird. It was created to represent the strength, power and resilience since at the time America was constantly under the threat of war on its borders.[1] Even thought majestic in its ability to mesmerize people who witness the bird in its habitat not everyone in history has had a favorable opinion of them.

Benjamin Franklin, early American inventor, originally proposed the idea of a Turkey to be the national bird of the United States, arguing that it the Bald eagle was, “a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly…” and John Audubon wrote of the Bald eagle, “ha[s] a ferocious, overbearing and tyrannical temper”.[2] But the keen eagle won out as the national symbol due to its own past of representing famous conquerors of the Greeks and Romans, both of whom were popularly studied by intellectualists at the time.[3]

In the twentieth century, author Neltje Blanchan wrote in Birds: That hunt and the Hunted, that even though the eagle represented American virtues of, “freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness…” was in fact also, “…a piratical parasite whenever it gets the chance”.[4]He pointed out the predatory way in which the Bald eagle hunted, killed and consumed its prey and that in actuality contradicted the American virtues.

In 1971, Bald eagles seen as a predatory nuisance of livestock were killed in Wyoming. This continued well into the decade of the 1970’s as ranchers took to vigilantism to take care of the nuisance problem.[5] It also gave way to myths about the Bald eagle preying upon medium sized domestic and wild animals. While it certainly has the power to do so it rarely does capture them since they do have ample supply of fish and small birds as a food source.

The American Bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States continues to have an effect on people who encounter them whether it is in truth or fiction. They are symbolized further by naming them after businesses, ideologies, morals, strength, power, etc,. They are researched by many as they continue to make their way from being considered an endangered species and provide a powerful knowledge base for environmental studies. They remain popular in online cams, conservation groups, avian rescues and the wild. They are indeed a fascinating bird to learn about and view in its habitat. Whether they actually do make the best representation of American virtues is subject to interpretation. Maybe that is the point or is it?


[1] Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence, “Symbol of a Nation: The Bald Eagle in American Culture”, in Journal of American Culture (1990), v13, n.1. 63.

[2] Lawrence, “The Bald Eagle in American Culture”, 64.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Lawrence, “The Bald Eagle in American Culture”, 66.

[5] Ibid.

US Bank War


Bank War is a label that is used to identify a political struggle in the early 1830’s over the American banking system between Andrew Jackson (democrat) and his (republican) opponents, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. It is called a war because it played out in public social circles between Jackson, who represented the average working American and the wealthy elite who moved money at whim in order to control capitalist markets.

When the monetary think tanks developed a way to legalize chartering of these banking systems, President Jackson vetoed them. In response the wealthy businessmen withdrew funding that caused financial hardships. One hardship was President Jackson’s support for campaigning and the other was against banks loaning money. This problem spurred an economic down turn in society.

The war was not a personal jab but rather about power. It was about controlling the power of money by regulation. This new idea for regulating financial power tested the newly formed constitution that allowed people the freedom to form their own destiny.

The over all problem was the balance of the power. If it was tipped too far on the federal system side, the government was deemed a controlling monopoly. If the balance was in favor of the citizenry, money monopolization could be done by outside (foreign) investors which could threaten the country’s financially stability.

The bank war fizzled but not the problems would keep plaguing American monetary system for years to come. Proper regulation was indeed needed to regulate the flow of money exchange; to keep proper balance. This problem continues today as many try to find a way to offer everyone the same opportunity to accomplish ones own destiny. The balance always tips in either side’s favor, the government or private enterprise without finding a medium that will meet the needs of everyone involved.

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