Archive for 'History'
Today is Back to the Future Day! Where on October 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM PST Marty McFly and Doc Brown went back to the future! But are we living in the future? No. Because I don’t have a hoverboard. Its all about the hoverboards! The internet, social media, regular media, Time lords and companions, […]
Today HM Queen Elizabeth II has officially become the longest reigning British Monarch with 63 years or 23,226 days and has had more than 30 corgis! #longestreign (Images and Tweets courtesy of @BritishMonarchy, BBC News/BBC Radio/Getty, @cabinetofficeuk, @clarencehouse, @BBCNews, @michaelfrost6)
The Magna Carta turns a young 800 years old today! That’s one hell of a long life for a rather interesting document. Originally planned as a peace treaty between the barons of England vs. evil King John (yes, he really was a psycho) and involving the Church (everyone was Catholic at this time) who deliberately […]
Today marks the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. The internet and social media had been posting items all day and tonight there was a special at Fords Theatre “Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration” which you could stream live on the internet. Here is the blurb: “PBS NewsHour will livestream Ford’s […]
After the social ended there was time to look around the National Air and Space Museum and it was amazing! I didn’t know where to look as there were airplanes and space items everywhere. Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega was my favorite item and its really the most beautiful airplane. Did I mention the gift shop […]
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery at the UMN currently has a little exhibit (there was also a symposium which I did not attend) on Finnish immigration to Minnesota and being Finnish, it was nice to see something on Finnish Minnesota history (there was even a blurb on ‘the sauna’!). Overall it was a bit […]
I was #166 to vote in my city! My Mom was #327 and the sister has not told me what number she was yet. I love voting! Democracy in action!
The Center for Medieval Studies at the U of MN has a weekly newsletter and trivia contest (they also have some great weekly lectures). Every week I try and find the answer to the trivia contest. Some weeks I answer it and some I do not, as sometimes they ask really obscure questions. So when […]
This afternoon I attended a lecture by Dr. Giancarlo Casale on “World Map of Tunuslu Hajji Ahmed Lecture” aka “Visions of Europe and Empire in a 16th Century Ottoman World Map” (as the lecture was publicized) and it was much more interesting than the various names let on. Apparently back in 1569 Hajji Ahmed created […]
Yesterday I went to the Ramsey County Historical Society in St. Paul, to try and finish up a little research I have been doing on Minnesota synagogues (yes, first mosques and now synagogues. Minnesota is a culturally diverse place!). The RCHS is located in the Landmark Center (a beautiful old building and its on the […]