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Constitution 101 — free online course from Hillsdale

Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a free 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Constitution 101 closely follows the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students. Approximately 40 minutes in length, lectures are pre-recorded and available to view online at your convenience. Lectures and other study materials are released by noon each Monday.

For details, and to register, visit Hillsdale College.

Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

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NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our sasety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

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Are you up on your rights as an American citizen?

How about your homeschool students?

Phyllis Schlafly’s January Education Reporter arrived today and I wanted to share this blurb:

More than 40% of American adults surveyed believe that Karl Marx’s Communist slogan “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” comes from one of America’s founding documents. The survey, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, also found that 55% of adults think that “education” is a First Amendment right. The nonprofit said the survey results highlight the need for its campaign to educate Americans about the freedoms delineated in the first ten Constitutional Amendments. The group has launched Bill of Rights Day as part of the initiative.

Bill of Rights Day is scheduled for December 15, 2011. You’ll find everything you need to get prepared at the above links. Both sites offer a host of good resources that can easily be used in your homeschool.

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Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on December 15, 2011
and help guarantee our freedoms endure!

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

This is an amazing resource:

Search millions of historic photos from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Aboard the Titanic

Here we are in front of the Titanic’s grand staircase. If you get a chance, this exhibit is well worth your time. It will be in St. Louis today and tomorrow, or find a location near you.


Titanic: Treasures from the Deep

Today we are setting sail for Titanic: Treasures from the Deep. This is a mobile tour presented by RMS Titanic Inc., the only entity that can legally recover objects from the site of the historic shipwreck.

This relatively new exhibit features more than 50 artifacts pulled from the wreckage on the ocean floor, including a piece of the ship itself. No one is allowed to take things from the Titanic as it is a memorial site. 2,228 people were onboard the Titanic. 705 survived — 1,523 did not. The exhibit items have been taken from the ocean floor, not from the ship itself.

The exhibit is free of charge. Find out if the Titanic tour is coming to your city.


St. Louis Archdiocese history timeline

STLtoday has an interesting multimedia history timeline of the St. Louis Archdiocese. Data includes: previous Bishops and Archbishops; Catholic population; number of parishes; and number of priests.

Webcast: Teaching The History of Innovation

Teaching The History of Innovation” is the subject of a webcast produced by the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The October 18 webcast is free and open to the public but online registration is required. Online articipants will be able to participate in Q/A.

Webcast schedule, all times are Eastern:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

12 pm Keynote: Ideas: A History of Thought from Fire to Freud Peter Watson, Cambridge University

2:15 pm From Stone to Silicon: A Brief Survey of Technology and Inventions Lawrence Husick, Senior Fellow, FPRI, and Co-Director of FPRI’s Project on Teaching Innovation

3:30 pm Discussion: Engaging Students Using Stone to Silicon

4:30 pm The Relationship Between Social and Technological Change in American and Western History Alex Wright, author of Glut: Mastering Information through the Ages

About the Program on Teaching Innovation:
The teaching of U.S. and world history is incomplete if it does not address the history of innovation from economic, scientific/technological, and sociological perspectives. We feel it important for students to be encouraged both to explore the role of innovation in U.S. and world history and to develop their own sense of innovation and creativity. FPRI’s Program on Teaching Innovation is co-directed by Lawrence Husick, Senior Fellow, FPRI, and Paul Dickler, Senior Fellow, FPRI’s Wachman Center.

God Bless America

Patriot Day, 9.11.2008
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Visit Easter for the Pope’s Ground Zero Prayer.

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Esther reminds everyone to Fly the Flag!

9-11, Patriot Day

From my parish bulletin:
September 11 is officially Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued in 2007 proclaims:


. . . the people of the United States [are] to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The reach of that morning, seven years ago, continues to affect our vision, perception and understanding of the world. Its impact continues to be felt in our mind, heart and soul. Please pray for all who were lost/injured on that day and for their families, along with those currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And, here are some flag links for your homeschool:

Check out this simple animation showing how to fold our U.S. flag.

Brush up on your flag etiquette.

Refer to the U.S. Flag Code for rules and regulations.

Get out the crayons for these American Flag coloring pages.

Free Historical Paper Dolls


Print, color and learn with Paper Dalis!

These historical paper dolls can help history seem more the story of people rather than disjointed dates and names.

Categories include: American Revolution, Holidays, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Biblical Times, King Arthur & Knights, Wild West, and even Saints.

I found this gem in the Fall Edition: Catholic Homeschool Resources and News. Thanks, Michelle!

Re-Discovering American History

At a recent Catholic homeschool conference I had a long chat with Katie Newton of Corp of Re-Discovery. The Newtons are a Catholic homeschooling family and Corps of Re-Discovery is their family-run business. They have lots of fun project kits and books to make learning about our American heritage fun. I came home with a Lewis & Clark spyglass for my ten-year-old son and a couple of suede rosary pouch kits as well.