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Women Heroes

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Library, Updates|

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, [...]

An Historic Debate

By |March 15th, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|

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 -- [...]

The “Red Tails”

By |March 5th, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|Tags: |

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 [...]

Black Soldiers in the Revolution

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Updates|

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 [...]

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

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: Library, Updates|

“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 [...]

“Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death”

By |September 13th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|

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, [...]

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Secretary of the Continental Congress Charles Thomson

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|

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 [...]

Happy Independence Day!

By |July 6th, 2018|Categories: Library, Updates|

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 [...]

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Christmas

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Updates|

"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 [...]

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God in Thanksgiving

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Updates|

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 [...]

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