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General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

At the height of the Civil War in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued this General Order regarding the observance of the Sabbath in the military. In his General Order, President Lincoln quoted from two separate General Orders (February 26, and July 9, 1776) issued by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. [...]

Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Founding Father Benjamin Rush's handwritten personal Bible study booklet entitled “References to Texts of Scriptures Related to Each Other Upon Particular Subjects.” In it he listed scriptures under various topics and wrote his own notes on those scriptures. We have included excerpts of the booklet below.   Booklet Cover   Rush [...]

John Basilone Magazine Cover

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

Sergeant John Basilone won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). He was killed during the Battle of Iwo Jima, after again showing great courage, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Below is a June 24, 1944 Collier's magazine cover [...]

Tuskegee Airmen

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Black History, Historical Document, Library|

Between 1941-1946 nearly 1,000 pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute (founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington). These pilots are known as Tuskegee Airmen. They formed the 99th Fighter Squadron and went overseas in 1942. Later the 99th joined three other all-black squadrons in the 332nd Fighter Group. Especially noteworthy, these pilots [...]

V-E Day Proclamation – Truman

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day was celebrated around the world on May 8, 1945. One day earlier, German forces unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, thus signaling the end of fighting in Europe. (The Allies, however, would continue fighting against Japanese forces for an additional 3 months.) President Harry Truman addressed the [...]

President Truman 1946 Letter

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

Germany surrendered to the Allied powers on May 7, 1945 thus ending major conflicts in  Europe.  As a result, the country was divided between four nations -- England, France, the Soviet Union, and the US. A concerted effort was made by the Allied nations to institute democratic policies in Germany, as [...]

Pony Express Artifacts

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

The Pony Express lasted only nineteen months during 1860/ 1861. During that time about 200 riders covered over 600,000 miles carrying the mail from Missouri to points West (such as California). Below, see some artifacts from the WallBuilders library relating to the Pony Express, and you can also see a Pony [...]

Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

Although authorized by the Congress of the Confederation, the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was nevertheless cloaked with secrecy and confidentiality. The official papers of the Convention sat in the Department of State, untouched, until 1818. Yet in retrospect, the gathering reveals both the men and the issues they faced during the [...]

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