Hymnal that dates to 1640 could fetch $30M at auction


In the news: Hymnal that dates to 1640 could fetch $30M at auction

More from Sotheby’s Auction House:

b_clickmeOverview: For the first time since 1947, and only the second time since the nineteenth century, a copy of the first book printed in America will be sold at auction. The Whole Booke of Psalmes – universally known as The Bay Psalm Book – was produced in the virtual wilderness of Massachusetts Bay Colony by the Congregationalist Puritans who left England in search of religious freedom. A new poetical translation of the Psalms, intended to express the Hebrew original, was made by the leading scholars and ministers of colonial New England – John Cotton, Richard Mather and John Eliot among them – and the book was printed on a press sent, with paper and type, from England for that purpose by Stephen Daye, an indentured locksmith. From an edition of 1700 copies, just 11 survive. Of inestimable significance, The Bay Psalm Book is not simply one of the great icons of book history, it is one of the greatest artifacts of American history.



The Bay Psalm Book Sale

New York |
November 26, 2013
Sale: N09039

Session: 26 Nov 2013 7:00 PM


38 Nooses


“. . .the largest government-sanctioned execution in U.S. history. . .”

The aforementioned quote serves as an attention grabber by western writer Johnny D. Boggs as he reviewed Scott W. Berg’s book, 38 Nooses in the June 2013 issue of American History magazine.

Click here to learn more about 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End by Scott Berg.

Boggs, Johnny D. American History. June 2013 Vol. 48, Issue 2, p. 73.

National Park Service Trading Cards


Did you know? The National Park Service offers trading cards!

Looking for a fun and educational way to learn about America’s Civil War? Collect the National Park Service’s Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards available, free, at select National Park Service sites in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

In 2012, the National Park Service trading card series consists of more than 500 trading cards from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. View all the cards on Flickr.

Cards may be earned during a visit in the park.

national-park-serviceFor my local friends ‘n followers, you know we have Andersonville National Historic Site just down the road in Andersonville, GA. Click here to learn about the trading cards they have available for the next time you visit.

One of our nation’s newest national monuments is sporting their own set of trading cards as well. The dedicated rangers and staff over at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument would love for you to visit their Facebook Page and help spread the word.

Both the US Dept. of Interior @Interior and @TubmanNPS are following me over on twitterTwitter and I know they’d love for you to check them out.

Charlie Haughey is not a combat photographer


A soldier’s story: Rare images of Vietnam War

“In any kind of a serious situation, my duty was sure as hell not to that camera. My duty was to the guys around me. In an actual combat situation, I was reminded that I was not a combat photographer. It wasn’t my job to take photos of people dying; it was my job to take photos of people doing their job with dispatch and honor. My photos are of the life side of war, not the death side of war.”

Charlie Haughey shot nearly 2,000 photos during the Vietnam War, now released for the first time in 45 years. Flickr page: http://bit.ly/WjO91l

Charlie Haughey (Chieu Hoi to his friends in the Army 25th Infantry Division), a now-retired cabinet maker, was drafted to the US Army in 1967. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1968 to May of 1969 with the 25th. Charlie, a photographer from a young age, was commissioned by his commanding officer to take photos—not traditional combat photos, but morale-boosting content to uplift spirits of the members of the unit. When he left Vietnam for good, Charlie brought back to the United States almost two thousand negatives that had captured his unique view on the war and life in the army. The negatives lay in boxes until the fall of 2012, when a chance meeting brought them out of dormancy.
For 45 years, the photos have waited for their time in the light. We’re excited to bring the beautiful collection to the public for the first time.
Follow the story here and on Tumblr to stay updated on the journey of Charlie’s Vietnam photo collection.

Lexicon: Two Bits

twobits two bits (noun)- a quarter of a dollar. During the U.S. colonial era, the Spanish dollar was the most common unit of currency, and the silver real, a coin commonly known as a bit, was worth one-eighth (1/8) of the Spanish dollar. When the U.S. adopted decimal forms of money in 1792, there was no coin worth an eighth of a dollar, but the 25-cent coin was the arithmetic equivalent of two-eights, or two-bits.

The most frequent contemporary usage may be the sports cheer: “Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar. All for (your school name or mascot), stand up and holler.”

American History, Vol. 48, No. 2 June 2013