Question: What famous train went into service on February 24th, 1923? Answer: The A-l Class # 1472, later known as ‘The Flying Scotsman’. (Got a number change as well: # 4472.)

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February’s history based or bygone era TV and/or movie suggestions. As with the February book recommendations, these are Mardi Gras or Black History based. Being Elmo- A Puppeteer’s Journey (2011) (An Afro American Puppeteer) The Biscuit Eater (1940) (Mid-Twentieth Century) & the 1972 Disney Re-Make Buck & The Preacher(1972) (Old West) Man & Boy (1971) […]

February’s historical book suggestions are Black History Month or Mardi Gras based. (Okay, so some of the latter are modern – but Mardi Gras itself is old.) Ages 3-7 Dinosaur Mardi Gras by Dianne De la Casas Gaston Goes To Mardi Gras by James Rice The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Mid-Twentieth Century […]

Despite the myriad complaints about winter from Lady Trixie, Lord Lucky, and the rest of us, we certainly didn’t have to endure what our ancestors did. http://www.medievalists.net/2015/12/surviving-winter-in-the-middle-ages/

Like most Christian festivals, Mardi Gras (French for ‘Fat Tuesday’) probably had pagan origins before becoming yet another Roman Catholic tradition that Europeans transported to the New World. Originally a time of feasting and celebration taking place just before the Lenten season, (during which both of those were very much frowned upon), Mardi Gras has, […]

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