"An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along."
“Hon A B Lincoln…
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chautauqua County New York.
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Lincoln responded a few days later:
“Miss Grace Bedell
My dear little Miss
Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received — I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters — I have three sons — one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age — They, with their mother, constitute my whole family — As to the whiskers, having never worn any, do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?
Your very sincere well wisher,
While he made no promises about the beard to Bedell, he stopped shaving and allowed the beard to grow not long after their exchange and was elected as the 16th president of the United States a few weeks later. On his inaugural train ride from Illinois to Washington, D.C., the president-elect stopped in Bedell’s hometown of Westfield, N.Y., and asked to meet her.
The more you know.
I love that I know this now.
At 8:46am on September 11, 2001 Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 8:55am workers in the South Tower were advised to remain in their offices as only the North Tower was affected. Eight minutes later Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Massive evacuation efforts began in both Towers as flights were grounded in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Washington. At 9:37am Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
US airspace was closed for the first time in history at 9:45am. Approximately 500 flights were en route to the US . Those that were more than halfway to North America were almost all redirected to Canadian airports. Of the 238 flights redirected to Canada, 39 landed in Gander, Newfoundland. A town of 10,000 people suddenly had 6,000 visitors.
The people of Gander and the surrounding towns put their lives on hold to care for the stranded passengers. Striking bus drivers laid down their picket signs to ferry passengers to temporary accommodations in schools, legion halls, and churches. Local people donated food and bed linens, opening their homes to strangers so passengers could shower. Neighborhood stores let stranded passengers take whatever items they needed free of charge. The Day the World Came to Town profiles the individuals involved and tells a heartwarming story amidst tragic events.
America has refused the Olympic tradition of dipping its flag to the host country since…. 1908.
Most Olympic teams briefly lower their colors as a sign of respect when they march past the box where the host nation’s leaders are seated. The U.S. does not.
When the Americans pick a flag bearer for the 2012 London Olympics this week, he or she almost certainly will be advised to uphold a tradition that dates back more than a century.
According to popular legend, shotputter Ralph Rose set the tone at the 1908 Summer Games — also held in London — when he supposedly proclaimed: “This flag dips for no earthly king.”
[Photo: Mark Grimmette leads the U.S. team into BC Place for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Robert Gauthier/LAT]
So today I was on YouTube and I found this series called Horrible Histories. They are songs and sketches all about history!
I’ve learned that they are actually rather well-known? I never knew about them of course because they played on the BBC and I live in America.
Needless to say I’ve spent a good hour watching these videos! They’re both hilarious and informative and I knew you would all appreciate them!
History and British accents, what’s not to love?!
History is a Click Away - 23 Historic Manuscripts Available Online
Like Mozart’s composition notebook above, The Atlantic looks at 23 rare and beautiful texts available for you to peruse online.
Elaine Culbertson made an amazing discovery at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learning new details about her grandfather’s life that she never knew before.
Greater Chaco Landscape, New Mexico
11 Most Endangered U.S. Historic Sites Named
(Click picture to see the entire article and pictures)
War had begun, and, as usual, truth was the first casualty. Without his consent or connivance, Revere was cast in the role of the solitary hero by the press, propagandists, and poets. By his own account, his actions that night were far less romantic than was popularly reported. He wrote about receiving much help, being rarely alone, and, due to a sound plan, Patriots alerting the countryside before he ever rose to the saddle. Paul Revere acted as a team member, an essential role if the goal of defeating the world’s greatest military power was to be realized.
Click through to read Revere’s letter.
Academy of Achievement ”brings students face to face with extraordinary leaders, the visionaries, the pioneers, who have helped to shape our world through interviews, podcasts, articles, and videos.
This is a terrific site with lots of great resources.
The site links to the mp3s of the speeches which can be played for free, and also provides links to the transcripts of the speeches. Pretty cool primary sources!
An overview of the people and events of the Holocaust
through photographs, documents, art, music, movies, and literature
I’ve used the third strategy a lot by having students compare speeches and what was going on during that time.
I know this is late for President’s day, but if you click on one of the oval carvings on the desk you can listen to some of JFK’s Secret Recordings (now public) on things like space, civil rights, Cuba, Vietnam, etc. Definitely a great primary resource for some social studies / history courses!
There are several other cool parts to the site, but I’ll let you explore for yourself!