Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Sign Post

A sign outside the gates of the Old North Cemetery announces the burial of the most New Hampshire native son within its fencing.  The sign outlines the major accomplishments of Franklin Pierce: FRANKLIN PIERCE 1804 – 1869 Fourteenth President of … Continue reading

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Happy President’s Day, Happy Birthday George Washington

In 1885, Congress passed a law to recognize and celebrate George Washington’s birthday each February 22.  On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act (Pub.L. 90—363) and moved four holidays—Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day and Washington’s birthday—to … Continue reading

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Monroe’s “Birdcage”

James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817 to 1825).  Most historians rate Monroe as an above average president for the way he managed the office.  He appointed the people … Continue reading

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Jefferson’s Epitaph

Thomas Jefferson (April 2, 1743 O.S. – July 4, 1826) was the third president of the United States serving in that office from 1801 to 1809, when he was succeeded by James Madison, his protégé and political ally.  Jefferson stacked … Continue reading

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President Lincoln

Two hundred and nine years ago today, Abraham Lincoln, who became the 16th president of the United States, was born, as every school child knows, in a log cabin in Kentucky.  From very modest beginnings, Lincoln rose to the highest … Continue reading

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The Father of Photojournalism

GILBERT HOVEY GROSVENOR, LL.D. OCTOBER 28, 1875 FEBRUARY 4, 1966 PRESIDENT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 1920 – 1954 EDITOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 1899 – 1954 ELSIE MAY BELL GROSVENOR, LL. D. MAY 8, 1878 DECEMBER 26, 1964 BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER … Continue reading

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Under Her Feet

This funerary sculpture of the Virgin Mary can be found in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.  In addition to the symbolism of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which the Virgin Mary points to, is also the image and … Continue reading

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