Category Archive: National Heritage

New Mexico Sunset

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Vermont Sunset

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Sunset over Little Missouri River, McKenzie County, ND

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Sunset Over Yosemite

  THIS DAY IN HISTORY JUNE 30, 1864 – National Parks: President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation”   “Not just a great Valley…but a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.”   President …

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A Tribute To Those Who Wore The Blue & The Gray

    Let [us] be an example to the nations of the earth. . . that the deepest hate can be resolved into love and tolerance.” —Overton Minette, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (the leading Union veterans’ organization), Gettysburg, 1938 SmithsonianMag.com   Amazon.com Widgets       A Tribute To Civil War …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Wabash Cannonball’ – 1882

  Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music. In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up …

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This Day In History – Amelia Earhart flies from Hawaii to California, Jan. 11, 1935

  The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward. Amelia Earhart – BrainyQuotes       _______________________________ …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Liberty Song’ – 1768

  Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music. In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Cool Water’ – 1936

  Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music. In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in the crush of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – Star Spangled-Banner – 1814

    Star-Spangled Banner History of the music The Battle For The Soul Of America Independence In The Balance   The year was 1814, and barely 30 years after the end of the Revolutionary War the United States was again at conflict with the British Empire. The reasons America declared war were for several reasons, …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Slumber My Darling’ – 1862

  Slumber My Darling A beautiful old American lullaby written by Stephen Foster in the midst of the American War Between The States. A song of devotion, compassion, tenderness and protection, apt for that era of turmoil in American history.   Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as the “father …

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This Day In History – September 4

  September 4, 476 – Ancient History Western Roman Empire falls to Barbarians Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself king of Italy. Odoacer was a mercenary leader in the Roman imperial army when he launched his mutiny against the young emperor. …

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History & Spirit In Song – “My Country Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land Of Liberty” – 1831

My Country 'Tis of Thee. ca 1861. Music Division, Library of Congress

MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE –Samuel Francis Smith, 1831   Although we know that Reverend Samuel Francis Smith wrote the words to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (also known as “America”), the origin of the song’s melody remains a mystery. And the history of its verses is even more complex. Read more at the Library …

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The American Story & Its Ancient Roots Needs To Be Told With Fresh Emphasis

United States Declaration of Independence - Created June–July 1776 Ratified July 4, 1776

      The stories of America’s past and the people and events that have made it great have been ebbing from the public mind for decades. These historical moments are no longer focused on by the news and entertainment industries, academia, even government agencies are silent about America’s defining moments and the historical foundations …

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This Day In U.S. History 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg

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This day in U.S. history during the War Between The States, the epic battle between brothers of the Union and Confederate Armies begins at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Eighty-seven years after the nations was born in 1776, 170,000 soldiers clash making this event the largest military conflict in North American history – over 50,000 casualties, 569 tons …

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“My Country Tis Of Thee” – A National Heritage

AMERICA – SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY We Americans don’t often enough hear nor sing this song, nor consider the purpose the author Samuel F. Smith had in writing it in 1831. Michael Fraley at the American Thinker has offered a good article regarding the author, content and purpose of the song. He also addresses the …

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