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Let’s Learn More About Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday

Let’s Learn More About Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday

May we invite you to join us as we learn about the history of Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday? Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” refers to the celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras got its name from the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the traditional fasting associated with Ash

Let’s Celebrate Black History Month

Let’s Celebrate Black History Month

Find out how we can all get involved this Black History Month. February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to remembering and celebrating the contributions that African Americans have made throughout American history.  This February, let’s all make an effort to celebrate Black History Month by trying out these meaningful suggestions. Read One of

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Blackwell!

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Blackwell!

Let’s celebrate the birthday of the first female doctor! Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was a British physician, best known for being the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  In addition to this amazing accomplishment, she was also the first woman named on the UK Medical Register.  As the first woman to

Homerun! Let’s Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Birthday

Homerun! Let’s Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Birthday

Join us as we celebrate baseball star Jackie Robinson’s birthday! Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when we joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  Not only was he the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball, but he also set himself apart as one of the most gifted athletes

On This Day in History: The National Geographic Society was Founded

On This Day in History: The National Geographic Society was Founded

On this day in 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded.  Join us as we learn more about the history and lasting influence of this society. On January 27th, 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. to facilitate “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”  Originally, this society was comprised of 33

Learn More About the History of Inauguration Day

Learn More About the History of Inauguration Day

Learn more about Presidential Inauguration Day. While we aren’t having one this year, January 20th is the day in which the new President of the United States is officially inaugurated into the White House.  This day marks the start of a president’s four-year term.  Inauguration Day is steeped in history and tradition, how is it

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!

Join us as we celebrate boxer Muhammad Ali’s birthday! Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was an American boxer and activist celebrated as one of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century.  Born as Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started training as a boxer at age 12.  By age 18, he won a gold medal