Monthly Archives: February 2015
Question: Did the clichéd old story opening, “It was a dark and stormy night”, ever actually appear in a book? Answer: Yes. The 1830 novel Paul Clifford by the Victorian aristocrat, Baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Though now mostly forgotten, Lord Lytton wrote prolifically and was, in his day, almost as widely read as Charles Dickens. Like […]
Today is the day people can support their local SPCA and Humane Societies by purchasing cupcakes. There are two theories as to how cupcakes came to be called cupcakes. One is that, back when people first started measuring out baking ingredients instead of weighing them, the original ingredients for these little cakes were a cup […]
Kids who like doing puzzles might like history too if they get to put together a picture of it. From a 12-piece dinosaur puzzle or 30-piece pirate ship puzzle to a 500-piece medieval castle or 1,000-piece Viking village, historic jigsaw puzzle recreations can be found in most quality toy shops. And the time spent making […]
Question: True Or False: Snowshoes were first used by Native Americans and New World settlers back in Pioneer Days. Answer: False. Snowshoes have been around a LOT longer than that. Primitive snowshoes made of flat leather or blocks of wood were in use in Central Asia between 4000 and 6000 BCE. Native Americans did perfect […]
Here are some historic and/or February-born author book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Perfect Pancake by Virgiina Kahl (Medieval) The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke (Medieval) A Single Pebble by Bonnie Christensen (9th Century China) Ages 7-9 A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson (Victorian Era) Canadian Flyer Adventures # 7: Hurry, Freedom! by Frieda Wishinsky […]
Unlike today, the first coins minted in the United States of American did not feature presidents. Not wanting to emulate the British tradition of having kings on coins, its founding fathers preferred to use symbols of liberty. This prevailed until one president, Abraham Lincoln, came to be viewed as a symbol of liberty. The first […]
Despite some opposition (especially from Pope Clement VII ) King Henry VIII was recognized as the Supreme Head of the Church of England on February 11th, 1531, a position the current monarch still holds.