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2016: When Does A Tumultuous Year Become An Historic Year?

Even casual historians are recognizing 2016 as a year of consequence. There are times when events seem to begin to cascade upon themselves, each gaining greater momentum. We are living in such a time as this. Nothing clarifies the significance of this year’s events more than a quick glance at the “breaking news” events covered by the 24/7 cable news networks. …

Book Review: Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich

Bergen, Doris L. Twisted Cross: The German Christian Movement in the Third Reich. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996. Pp. 360 Few events in modern history prove to be more horrific for mankind to grasp than the Holocaust of the Jews in 1930s–40s Europe. With the full power and legal authority of the German Government, …

A Day Which Will Live in Infamy

The USS West Virginia burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News Even 72 years after the attack on Pearl  Harbor that pulled the United States into World War II, numerous states and organizations are commemorating the “day which will live in infamy.” More than 2,400 American troops died in …

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Forgotten History

This silo was built when the Eller Feedlots was in its prime. Today, it is all that’s left of the Eller  family farm. Homesteaded in the 1870s by my great-grandfather, Philip Eller, the farm was home to four generations of Ellers. The barn was built by my great-grandfather using pegs and beams. With the exception of some pieces of the …

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All the President’s Men

Watching All the President’s Men staring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford is a journey back into a technology time capsule. It is truly amazing to think how far we have come technology-wise in one generation. Made in 1976, All the President’s Men is the gripping story of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bertstein and the Watergate Scandal that …

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President John F. Kennedy Reminds Americans to Vote (PSA)

 [pb_vidembed title=”” caption=”” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8cwsSgOKjA” type=”yt” w=”600″ h=”385″] Three days after the informal end to the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy filmed a public service announcement urging Americans to vote. His message was filmed on October 31, 1962, in the Fish Room (now the Roosevelt Room) in the West Wing of the White House. In the 43-second, black & …

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Picture of the Year: New York in Darkness

Many extraordinary images have emerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but this image from the cover of New York Magazine captures the effects of “the Storm of the Century.” Taken Wednesday night by photographer Iwan Baan, it depicts all of Manhattan from the mostly darkened downtown to the oasis of light north of 34th Street. This is certain to be …

The War Prayer

by Mark Twain It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of …