This Day in History: Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that today’s holiday would not exist but for the actions of a 19-year old schoolteacher from Wisconsin? In other words, anyone, anywhere can make a difference. In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Waubeka, Wisconsin. He’d devised a simple class exercise for his students: […]

This Day in History: The shocking capture of Anthony Burns

On this day in 1854, a fugitive slave named Anthony Burns is arrested in Boston, in compliance with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The manner in which he was returned to captivity shocked the city and deepened anti-slavery sentiment in the area. Burns later had the opportunity to speak of the feelings that had […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington passes away

On this day in 1802, Martha Washington passes away. Her family mourned her passing, but Martha herself was ready to go. She would finally join her beloved George! His death in December 1799 had been very hard on her. “The zest of life has departed,” one visitor to Mount Vernon would observe of her afterwards. […]

This Day in History: Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross

On this day in 1881, the American Association of the Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton. She must have been one determined lady. She founded the Red Cross at a time when women simply were not supposed to do that kind of thing You have to wonder what she’d manage to accomplish today, without […]

This Day in History: The origins of the Library of Congress

On this day in 1800, President John Adams approves an appropriation of $5,000 to bring to the Capitol “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.” The appropriation created a library—the original Library of Congress! This library began with a collection ordered from London, consisting of 740 volumes and three maps. Nearly […]