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A Photo & 5: The Culper Ring

  1.The Culper Ring was a spy ring organized in the summer of 1778 under orders from General George Washington. The purpose of the ring was to spy on the British during their occupation of New York City. 2.The ring exposed many plots against the American forces including plans for a surprise attack on America’s… Continue reading A Photo & 5: The Culper Ring

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A Photo & 5: The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sara Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company fortune. She built the home in San Jose, California after moving there based on the advice of a psychic. Sara visited the psychic after the deaths of her only daughter (1866), and her husband (1881). Sara believed her… Continue reading A Photo & 5: The Winchester Mystery House

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A Photo & 5: Earth’s Message in a Bottle (The Voyager Golden Records)

This week’s Photo & 5 features the 2 golden audio visual phonograph records aboard the Voyager Probes 1 & 2. Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit this, but it’s true: I knew nothing of these records until I heard a reference to them on a public television cartoon that my kids were watching. See?… Continue reading A Photo & 5: Earth’s Message in a Bottle (The Voyager Golden Records)

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A Photo & 5: The Moai of Easter Island

1.The Moai were carved between the years 1250 and 1500 by the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island who believed them to be the physical embodiment of deified ancestors (chieftains). The Rapa Nui National Park and the Moai are included in the 1994 list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. 2.The bigger the statue, the more… Continue reading A Photo & 5: The Moai of Easter Island

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“It’s Old, Isn’t It?” The Skeleton Dinosaur of South Dakota

A few weeks ago, I posted a piece about the history of the road trip in America. As often happens, I became side-tracked as I wrote. The thing about studying history is that one thing always leads to another; the most interesting story is always tied somehow to the story of someone or something else.… Continue reading “It’s Old, Isn’t It?” The Skeleton Dinosaur of South Dakota

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A Photo & 5: Moika Palace

photo credit:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Spb_06-2012_Moika_various_03.jpg Let’s get weird. Today’s Photo & 5 features Moika Palace, which is the place where Rasputin was murdered. If you don’t know who Rasputin is, I’ve included a bit (a very small bit) of information about him below. Let me just tell you that of all the historical characters I’ve researched, there are… Continue reading A Photo & 5: Moika Palace