This Week in History: “E Pluribus Unum,” the Boy Scouts, & Dolley Madison’s escape

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, August 19

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1916, a hero is born. Like so many in his generation, Dirk J. Vlug would be called upon to fight evil half a globe away. “We all told our friends and wives and sweethearts that we’d be back in a year. But we didn’t get back in a year. We didn’t get back for 4½ years,” he later told a reporter. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, August 20

On this day in 1776, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin propose “E Pluribus Unum” as a national motto to be used on the Great Seal of the United States. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, August 21

On this day in 1912, Arthur Rose Eldred is notified that he will be the Boy Scouts of America’s first Eagle Scout. The Boy Scouts might never have existed in America, but for the fact that a Chicago publisher got lost in a London fog in 1909. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, August 22

On this day in 1776, the British began an effort against General George Washington’s troops, then stationed in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The effort would ultimately result in the seizure of New York by British troops. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, August 23

On this day in 1784, the State of Franklin declares its independence from North Carolina. Did you know that a state named Franklin could have been the 14th state? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, August 24

On this day in 1814, First Lady Dolley Madison saves a full-length portrait of George Washington from British troops. She also saved some other White House valuables and a copy of the Declaration of Independence. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, August 25

On this day in 1789, George Washington’s mother passes away from breast cancer. Did you ever wonder about his mother? Did the two get along? What was their relationship like? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram