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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Women’s Rights Leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton Was Born Today!

Women's Rights Leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton Born 11/12/1815

Today’s the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the notable women’s rights leader! You’re probably familiar with the Declaration of Independence. Are your familiar with its important reimagining, the Declaration of Sentiments? The Declaration of Sentiments, which was issued at the First Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, served to remind Americans that all of

Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

Remembering Kristallnacht and the vital and essential importance of rallying against prejudice.  Kristallnacht. Literally, night of crystal. In America, we most often refer to it as the Night of Broken Glass. It’s a night that will live in infamy. On November 9th, 1938 a wave of violence began. Carefully orchestrated by Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi regime

Inventor of Basketball: Born on this Day in 1861

Inventor of Basketball Born on this Day in 1861

Today’s the birthday of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball! In Springfield, Massachusetts, the winters get cold. The athletic director of the local YMCA faced a challenge: he wanted to help people stay active throughout the year, but couldn’t get them out into the freezing temperatures. Fortunately, that athletic director, James Naismith, had a solution!

Read Up! It’s National Family Literacy Month

National Family Literacy Day

Dive into a good book during National Family Literacy Month! As we welcome November, we also give a warm hello to shorter daylight hours and colder evenings. All of that may mean that this provides the perfect opportunity to get cozied up at home, and there’s no better way to curl up by ourselves or

On This Day in History: First Wagon Train Reaches California

On This Day in History: First Wagon Train Reaches California

November 4th is a birthday for California; the first wagon train reached our state today in 1841. It was a difficult journey. Covering approximately 15 miles each day with nothing but their Conestoga wagons and their determination, 69 adults crossed the treacherous terrain of the Rocky Mountains. None of them had ever seen the west coast,