Stealing our Nation’s History


Did you know that people have stolen important documents are from our National Archives?

And no, they don’t all look like this masked man. Some people look like average Joe and take items over a six year period.

Help the National Archives Recover Lost and Stolen Documents.

You’ll be amazed by the listing of historical documents and items that are missing.


Everyone needs a babysitter now and then. . .


Everyone needs a babysitter, including Mrs. Lincoln.

You too could own this piece of history for a cool $12,500. Unfortunately for the sitter, Charles Forbes, a Treasury Department employee trusted by the Lincoln family, he fell out of favor with Mrs. Lincoln one year later. Read on to discover why.

President’s Day in Plains, GA


Our family took a day trip to Plains, GA for President’s Day 2013. Why on earth would we want to go to a tiny peanut farming town with a whopping population of 780 residents on our day off? Plains is home of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter and a National Historic Site bearing his name.

The Jimmy Carter NHS hosted both Dr. Laurence Cook and President Teddy Roosevelt. Dr. Cook presented his lecture entitled Amazing Presidential Facts, Coincidences and Unique Relationships. Prior to Dr. Cook’s presentation we had the pleasure of meeting President Theodore Roosevelt.  When he took to the stage, his 40 minutes up there made you feel as though you were listening to the real T.R. Reprised by Joe Wiegand it is easy to see why he is considered one of the best in the country. He does a fantastic job and I highly recommend that you catch his performance if his tour comes to a town near you.

The press release from the National Park Service puts it best. . .

“Joe Wiegand is regarded by many as the nation’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. He brings T.R. to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way of quickly convincing the audience that they are in the company of Theodore Roosevelt. As Theodore Roosevelt, Wiegand shares stories from a lifetime of service and adventure, ranging from cowboy excitement in the Dakotas to the charge of the cavalry up the heights of Santiago de Cuba. The audience can join T.R. on an African safari and an exploration of Amazon River jungles and hear tales of building the Panama Canal, a modern Navy and a vibrant conservation movement.”

NOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic

USS_JeannetteNOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic

This story on the Weather Channel website caught my eye this week so I watched the video and learned about the citizen scientists that are helping NOAA and the National Archives recover worldwide weather observations made by Royal Navy ships around the time of World War I. These transcriptions will contribute to climate model projections and improve a database of weather extremes.

Interested? Visit  zooniverse_logo to create an account and get started.

The USS Jeannette’s logs are part of the Old Weather-Arctic project. The ship was entrapped in Arctic sea ice for many months. Only a few sailors and the logbook survived this doomed 1879 Arctic expedition. (Credit: U.S. Navy public domain image.)

6 U.S. WWII Vets from the Carolinas Awarded French Legion of Honor


b_clickme6 U.S. WWII Vets Awarded French Legion of Honor

Photo: World War II veteran  John Devanie is honored by Consul General of France Frederic Bontems, left, after receiving the French Legion of Honor Award during a ceremony honoring the veterans for their wartime service to France at Ellington Airport in Houston, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/The Courier, Kirk Sides)

Real heroes: four died so others might live


A convoy of three ships and three escorting Coast Guard cutters passed through “torpedo alley” some 100 miles off the coast of Greenland at about 1 a.m. on February 3, 1943. The submarine U-223 fired three torpedoes, one of which hit the midsection of the Dorchester, a U.S. Army troopship with more than 900 men on board. Ammonia and oil were everywhere in the fast-sinking vessel and upon the freezing sea. The four Chaplains on board, two Protestant pastors, a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi, were among the first on deck, calming the men and handing out life jackets. For the rest of their story. . .The Immortal Chaplains Foundation [Website]

Real heroes: four died so others might live [Opinion]

No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the
Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II [Paperback]


Women’s Baseball Star, Movie Inspirer Davis Dies

Women’s Baseball Star, Movie Inspirer Davis Dies

LOS ANGELES February 4, 2013 (AP)
Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie “A Lavonne "Pepper Paire" DavisLeague of Their Own,” has died. She was 88.

Her son William Davis tells The Associated Press that Paire-Davis died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis and served as a consultant on the 1992 film.

In 1944, she joined the women’s baseball league, created in fear that World War II would interrupt Major League Baseball, and played for 10 seasons. She was a catcher and shortstop, and helped her teams win five championships. She chronicled her baseball adventures in the 2009 book “Dirt in the Skirt.”

She’s survived by two sons and a daughter.

For more information about Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis