Pearl Harbor – Orders of the Day for the USS California

The USS California (a battleship stationed in the Pacific) was one of the eight battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor. During the attack on December 7, 1941, it took three direct hits -- two torpedoes and one bomb, killing over 100 crew. The California caught fire and the remainder of the crew made their way to [...]

By |2018-03-15T14:03:08+00:00December 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

Civil War Baptism Competition

William Cogswell The author of this letter, John Munroe, enlisted as a private in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at the age of 19 on May 22, 1861, and served until mustered out on July 1, 1864. During the war he acted as the musician for K Company. [i] Aside from this, not much [...]

By |2017-12-07T09:33:01+00:00December 6th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Sewing Machine from the Lodz Ghetto

Entrance to Lodz In Poland, the Nazi persecution of the Jews was concentrated at two main centers throughout the Second World War—Warsaw and Lodz. Both of those cities were transformed into large Jewish Ghettos which served as slave labor camps with the express intention of working the Jews to either death or until [...]

By |2017-12-01T12:10:43+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools

The following is part of the transcript from a letter written in 1791, which was published by the American Tract Society in 1830. To purchase the whole text of Dr. Rush's letter, see The Bible in Schools pamphlet that can be found in the WallBuilders store. Dear Sir: It is now several months since I [...]

By |2017-10-05T08:09:40+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

WWII – Crickets in Normandy

Maxwell Taylor The landings which took place on the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, remain one of the most notable episodes of bravery throughout military history. Prior to the deployment on the beach, however, 13,000 American troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne landed in the dark behind enemy lines to [...]

By |2018-04-03T14:39:32+00:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|1 Comment

Benjamin Harrison 1894 Letter to His Son

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was a lawyer, a Civil War brigadier general, and eventually the twenty-third president of the United States from 1889-1893. In this letter to his son, Russell Benjamin Harrison, on July 12, 1894, he admonishes the younger Harrison to remain steadfast in the faith. The former president explains to his son, “It’s well [...]

By |2017-09-01T14:04:20+00:00August 31st, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

Lyndon B. Johnson and the Bible

On January 19, 1966, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), the 36th president of the United States, held a ceremony at the White House to declare that 1966 would be a “Year of the Bible.” On that occasion he remarked that, “No human accountant can calculate the immense good that your Society has done over the years.”[i] [...]

By |2017-09-06T13:10:17+00:00August 29th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

John Clem and his Hymn Book

John Clem When looking back upon his service in the Civil War, John Clem remarked, “Almost literally it might be said that I went from the nursery to the battlefield.”[i] Such an observation was not an overstatement. Widely held to be the youngest soldier in the Union army,[ii] John Clem first attempted to [...]

By |2017-08-23T15:49:18+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

“The General Principles of Christianity” – Context Leading to Adams’ June 28, 1813, Letter to Jefferson

When writing to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813, John Adams discusses the fact that America achieved independence through the general principles of Christianity. The letter itself, however, was the culmination of events which began nearly fifteen years earlier. Adams and Jefferson were friends for many years but fell out after the events of the [...]

By |2018-03-19T15:22:38+00:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Laura Bridgman Letter

Laura Bridgman (1829-1889) was a blind and deaf student under Samuel G. Howe at the Perkins School for the Blind during the middle of the 1800’s. (The school was originally chartered in 1829 and opened in 1832 by Dr. John Fisher and Howe with the support of Col. Thomas Perkins. It sought to enable the blind [...]

By |2017-08-18T10:41:00+00:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments