Monthly Archives: March 2018

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TRIVIA TRAIL: CANADA’S FIRST ENGLISH BABY

Question: Where was the first English child born in Canada born? Answer: Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland, though the settlement was known by some other, similar sounding names as well, until the town finally settled on Cupids. The new arrival was the son of colonist, Nicholas Guy, and made his appearance on March 27th, 1613.

HISTORY SHARE: THE PUSSY WILLOW LEGEND

I’ve always liked pussy willows, possibly because they are among the few plants I am not allergic to. There are several versions of how pussy willows came to be called ‘pussy willows’. Show them to your kids and ask which one they like best. http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=bingham&book=fairyland&story=pussy&PHPSESSID=fd944fe076ee57b70fc1b76e1a187dab https://newspapers.bc.edu/?a=d&d=BOSTONSH18960411-01.2.39 https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/beyond-the-pussy-willow http://keythoughts.weebly.com/home/legend-of-the-pussy-willow

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TRIVIA TRAIL: HISTORIC RETURN

Question: What special event which occurs on, or around St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th), have the people of San Juan Mission in Capistrano, California been celebrating for centuries? Answer: The return of the cliff swallows who nest there during the summer. And on or around the feast day of San Juan of Capistrano (October 23rd), […]

HISTORY SHARE: IRISH ORPHANS IN CANADA & THE REAL IRISH IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE

  Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For some Irish immigrants heading for North America back in the days of famine, the Luck o’ the Irish held true. For others, not so much. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/irish-famine-orphans-in-canada/ http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/17/real-irish-american-story-not-taught-schools  

DON’T FORGET THE ‘STORY’

March’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (19th Century U.S.A.) Pink & Say by Patricia Polacco (American Civil War) Two Hundred Rabbits by Lonzo Anderson & Adrienne Adams (Medieval)   Ages 7-9 Canadian Flyer Adventures # 12: On The Case by Frieda Wishinsky (16th Century) Ike & […]

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