Monthly Archives: January 2018

HISTORY TIDBIT: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

Back in the nineteenth century, the United States of America was among the last countries to abolish slavery, but even though it took a bitter civil war to bring it about, slavery was officially abolished there when Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment on January 31st, 1865. Unfortunately, slavery did not end everywhere, and indeed still […]

TRIVIA TRAIL: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Question: Known to many through its magazines and television specials, the National Geographic Society was founded on January 27th, 1888. What famous inventor was elected president of this society in 1897? Answer: Alexander Graham Bell.

DON’T FORGET THE ‘STORY’

January’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Peter & The Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev (Tsarist Russia) A Promise Is A Promise by Robert Munsch (Timeless) Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman (Folk Tale)   Ages 7-9 The Bobbsey Twins / Merry Days In & Out by Laura Lee Hope (20th Century) Eight […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: THE FIRST RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

The first Russian Revolution began on January 22nd, 1905, when an orthodox priest, Father Georgy Gapon (pictured above), led a group of peaceful workers to the Winter Palace to present a list of grievances. (Legitimate grievances. The life of the average Russian was no bed of roses.) Tsar Nicholas II’s troops responded by firing on […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORIC DISASTER: GREAT FLOOD OF PARIS, 1910

Floods of epic proportions have occurred throughout history. The worst one in France was in 1910. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36443329 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/07/amazing-photos-capture-1910-great-flood-of-paris-v-2016/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYJ5cq5bUC8

HISTORY LURE: DISCUSSION TOPIC: LAST OF THE MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES FACING DEMOLITION

To spark an interest in history, or encourage it further, you can use current history-related happenings to open a discussion on bygone eras. This one could be good choice for older kids. Why not see what have to say about it? Should this place be demolished, yes or no? And why? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/world/europe/magdalene-laundries-ireland.html?smid=fb-share

TRIVIA TRAIL: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

  Image from: https://www.wpclipart.com/ Question: What German-born doctor won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of the brotherhood of nations? Answer: Dr. Albert Schweitzer (born January 14th, 1875), a medical missionary, who was also a well-respected philosopher and acclaimed musician.

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