Women Heroes

Courageous Women During the American Revolution March is Women's History Month, but the contributions of women to the Revolution are often neglected today. Many women demonstrated exemplary courage during this time. Here are a few examples. In April, 1777, a large British force arrived in Fairfield, Connecticut. Marching through nearby Danbury, they searched for American [...]

By |2019-05-07T17:09:11-04:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

An Historic Debate

From the time before the American War for Independence, black Americans served as elected officials in local politics. Following the Civil War, hundreds more were elected to state and federal office. For example, at the national level, in 1871, Robert Brown Elliott was elected to the US House of Representatives -- one of the first [...]

By |2019-03-18T15:37:16-04:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

The “Red Tails”

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt, anticipating possible war in Europe, started a pilot training program for civilians which was also opened to black Americans, and the 1940 Selective Training and Service Act allowed blacks to be drafted. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black pilots trained as part of the US Army Air Corps. [...]

By |2019-03-15T17:34:09-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|Tags: |0 Comments

Black Soldiers in the Revolution

Black Soldiers in the Revolution Sadly, today we are routinely taught the negatives of American history -- we emphasis the bad and the ugly with nearly no mention of the good. Consequently, we hear the many ways that Americans did not always live up to the ideals of our founding, especially that black Americans were [...]

By |2019-02-06T07:36:46-04:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Updates|0 Comments

Celebrating Black History Month: The Rev. Francis J. Grimke

“Washington is a hard training ground for preachers.” This quote probably remains as accurate today as it was 100 years ago when it was made by famous black pastor Francis James Grimké. [1] Grimké was born to a slave mother in South Carolina in 1850. When his guardian tried to sell him into slavery, he [...]

By |2019-03-15T17:33:54-04:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

“Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death”

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. While some of his words are still familiar today, many Americans are unaware of the turbulent times preceding his celebrated address. In the 1760s, Parliament passed numerous laws directly violating the rights of the colonists, including the Sugar Act [...]

By |2018-09-13T08:09:12-04:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|Comments Off on “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death”

Secretary of the Continental Congress Charles Thomson

1729-1824 August 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Charles Thomson. Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress and a strong Christian, was one of only two people who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th (John Hancock was the other; the rest signed weeks later). [1] Thomson is also responsible for the Great [...]

By |2018-11-21T10:36:21-04:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

Happy Independence Day!

America's Birthday On July 4, 1776 a group of Americans approved a document declaring the United States of America free from English rule. This document was the Declaration of Independence, and today we celebrate the 242nd birthday of this courageous action! The Declaration of Independence is the nation's birth certificate. Thomas Jefferson, the primary author [...]

By |2018-07-19T11:42:31-04:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|Comments Off on Happy Independence Day!

Christmas

"Ghosts of Christmas Past" (from Charles Dickens "Christmas Carol" in 1843) At Christmas, people all over the world pause to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We gather with family, exchange gifts, and hopefully read the Christmas story from the Bible (Luke 2:1-20). It's a day of celebration! In 1950 during the Korean [...]

By |2018-06-25T17:31:00-04:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Updates|Comments Off on Christmas

God in Thanksgiving

Americans gather with family and friends to celebrate a uniquely American holiday--Thanksgiving! While there are records of days or moments of Thanksgiving in America held as far back as 1541, our modern observance is based on that held by the Pilgrims in 1621. We are blessed that historical accounts of this Pilgrim Thanksgiving celebration have [...]

By |2018-06-25T14:51:28-04:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Updates|Comments Off on God in Thanksgiving