This Day in History: “Don’t Tread on Me!”

On this day in 1724, the “Sam Adams of the South” is born. You may not know this Patriot’s full name, but you have certainly seen the flag named after him! Christopher Gadsden was nothing if not a fiery patriot. He was among the first to see the need for a declaration of independence. He […]

This Day in History: Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration of Independence

During this week in 1726, a signatory to the Declaration of Independence is born in New Jersey. Abraham Clark must have had nerves of steel! On the day that the Declaration was signed, he wrote a stirring letter: “We are now Sir embarked on a most Tempestuous Sea, Life very uncertain, Seeming dangers Scattered thick Around […]

This Day in History: The Oneida Indians offer assistance at Valley Forge

On or around this day in 1778, the Oneida Indians offer assistance to George Washington’s troops, then quartered for the winter at Valley Forge. One Oneida woman, in particular, really went above and beyond the call of duty! The Oneidas were one of the few tribes to openly declare their support for Americans during the […]

This Day in History: Olivia J. Hooker, Coast Guard heroine

On this day in 1915, an American heroine is born. Olivia J. Hooker would become the first black woman to serve in the United States Coast Guard. She sure survived a lot to get to that point. Trouble started early, during the Tulsa race riots of 1921. Olivia was then just a 6-year-old girl, living […]