Nathan Hale

One of the heroes of the American Revolution, this selection written by his great-great-grandniece is a fitting tribute. I transcribed it in Anniversary for the blog. Attachment: nathan-hale.pdf

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Underwater Spaceship

The USS Nautilus was the world’s first atomic submarine. It served from 1954 through 1980. If you’re near the Groton, CT area, you can visit the Submarine Force Museum, and tour the Nautilus. The submarine is better remembered for being the first ship to cross the North Pole. Terence Kay in his book “Space Volunteers”…

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Casey at the Bat

Here is one of the most famous poems in American literature, written by yours truly in Anniversary for the blog. Its original title was “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888.” Attachment: casey-at-the-bat.pdf

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On Mining

Mark Twain wrote Roughing It, following his travels in the Wild West during the 1860s. This selection is Chapter 28 of the book, and tells one of his adventures when prospecting for gold and silver. I wrote it for the blog in Anniversary. Attachment: on-mining.pdf

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The Blow

The famous explorer, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, wrote several books and articles describing his explorations in Antarctica, the coldest part of our planet. In the book “Alone”, he tells of the four and a half months he spent by himself on the Ross Ice Barrier. Living in a hut beneath the surface of ice…

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The Donner Party

  On April of 1846, nine wagons left Illinois on a 2500-mile journey to California, in what would become one of the greatest tragedies in the history of westward migration. The originator of this group, James Frazier Reed (pictured above with his wife Margret), along with 8 other families, were eager to build a greater…

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus

This is a delightful Christmas story by Frank Baum, which first appeared in the December 1904 issue of The Delineator. I transcribed it for the blog in Anniversary. Attachment: a-kidnapped-santa-claus.pdf

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The Perfect Memorial

This selection by naturalist Donald Culross Peattie describes one of the most iconic structures in Washington DC. I transcribed it in Anniversary for the blog. Attachment: the-perfect-memorial.pdf

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A Spy for Washington

Did you know that a spy helped Washington cross the Delaware? In this interesting story by Leonard Falkner that I wrote for the blog in Anniversary Gregg, he tells us how it happened. Attachment: a-spy-for-washington.pdf

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