Civil War anecdotes from Lincoln

Civil War anecdotes from Lincoln

Somehow I missed President Abraham Lincoln’s real birthday on Feb. 12, but since today is President’s Day, I thought I’d go ahead and print a couple of his humorous anecdotes from the Civil War. A.K. McClure writes in his book Lincoln’s Yarns...
Inaugural balls have long tradition

Inaugural balls have long tradition

Like many of the traditions that go along with the Inauguration of a new president, I found that Inaugural balls have quite a history. The first Inaugural ball traces its roots to New York City on May 7, 1789, one week after the Inauguration of George Washington. But...
Presidential inaugurations: A look back

Presidential inaugurations: A look back

Since we are one week away from a historic Presidential Inauguration, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the customs and history of Inauguration Day. Rather than go into all the background, I’ve picked out a few odds and ends that I found...
Civil War proclamation still resounds

Civil War proclamation still resounds

At a time when everything that surrounds us seems to be global in nature, it is nice to have a day set aside that is distinctly American. Established by President Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War in 1863, Thanksgiving celebrates the American spirit...
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