Barbary Powers

On August 3rd, more than two centuries ago in 1804, America was at war, engaged in the midst of conflict that lasted for more than three decades between Americans and Muslim Islamicists/terrorists, now known as the Barbary Powers War. Five Muslim nations in North Africa and the Middle East (a region that was the home [...]

By |2017-08-16T17:08:41+00:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

On This Day In History: July 29, 1775

With the recent hostility against military chaplains, it is worth recalling the distinguished history of the chaplain corps as it celebrates its 240th birthday. On July 29, 1775, the Army Chaplain Corps was organized by the Continental Congress. Numerous famous leaders have served as military chaplains, including Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. [...]

By |2017-08-02T09:03:15+00:00July 29th, 2017|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

On This Day in History: June 28, 1787

  In June, 1787, The Constitutional Convention was in full swing in Philadelphia. Do you know how many delegates attended the Constitutional Convention? Do you know how many delegates signed the Constitution? Who was the olderst delgate? Who was the youngest delegate? (Answers at the bottom) The Constitutional Convention was called in an effort to [...]

By |2017-07-28T20:09:48+00:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Library, Updates|0 Comments

June 14th in History

June 14th is the birthday of the Army, created by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775. The next day, George Washington was elected Commander-in-Chief and soon issued orders that set the tone for the military, including one declaring: The blessings and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times [...]

By |2017-06-22T11:39:49+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: 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 |2017-06-22T11:23:28+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: |0 Comments

What Hath God Wrought

On May 24, 1844, a seismic breakthrough occurred: the first telegraphic message was transmitted between cities. People in two separate and distant geographic locations could instantly communicate with each other! What was that first message? It was a Bible verse: Numbers 23:23 "What hath God wrought!" Such a message today likely would be met with [...]

By |2017-06-22T11:09:04+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Updates|0 Comments

Celebrating Mother’s Day!

Hopefully, we already show appreciation for moms all year long, but Mother's Day is a great day to go a step beyond and do something special for mothers! In celebration of Mother's Day, we wanted to share with you some fun facts about its history: American celebrations of mothers were held prior to the official [...]

By |2017-06-22T10:46:46+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Updates|0 Comments

America Responds to Victory

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day is commemorated on May 8, 1945. One day earlier, German forces unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, signaling the end of most fighting in Europe -- although fighting would continue against Japan for an additional 3 months. President Harry Truman addressed the nation, reading his proclamation calling for a day of [...]

By |2017-06-20T14:53:25+00:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: Updates|0 Comments

Jefferson and Library of Congress

Most Americans are very familiar with the Library of Congress and its massive collection of millions of books, documents, recordings, photographs, sheet music, and manuscripts. But few know how Thomas Jefferson is connected to the library. On April 24, 1800, Congress approved moving the federal government to Washington DC and granted resources for a congressional [...]

By |2017-06-20T14:17:08+00:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: Updates|0 Comments