family history, Uncategorized

My Family in the Great War

You never know what fun facts you will learn about your family history. It turns out that I have a few family members who fought for the Unites States in World War I. There is also a good chance I had family on the other side. If you couldn't tell by some of my recent… Continue reading My Family in the Great War

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History, Uncategorized

Fun History Facts

How on earth did the colonies pull this one off? The biggest surprise to me was how the great General George Washington was not the outstanding commander we all learned about in school. Nonetheless, I am sure glad we pulled it off! 

Courthouse, History

Courthouse Photo Album

If you have read some of my other blog posts, you can tell by now that I have a passion for the Winnebago County Courthouse. I work for the county maintenance department and it's one of the buildings that I regularly work in. My supervisor, a super-awesome guy that cares about historical preservation as much… Continue reading Courthouse Photo Album

History

Lewis & Clark’s Consequential Adventure

http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_vault/2014/06/17/newmap.gif http://invasionofamerica.ehistory.org/ I'm working on reading Stephen E. Ambrose's book Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. It has been an interesting read so far, and I can't wait to learn about the journey. Sadly, I found this interactive map that shows Native American cessions to the U.S. Government over time… Continue reading Lewis & Clark’s Consequential Adventure

Projects

Snapshots with Mercury II Camera

My Father-in-Law gave me his dad's old Mercury II camera a couple of years. His dad, John, bought this camera while serving in the US Navy in the late 1940s; it has his initials, serial number, and "USN" engraved on the camera. This one is a little more sophisticated than other vintage cameras I have used, but… Continue reading Snapshots with Mercury II Camera

Museums

Asylum: Out of the Shadows

I had the day off on Friday and decided to take a trip up to Appleton for the afternoon. I met up with Molly and got lunch with her--she had to work. After, I made my way over to the History Museum at the Castle just up the street to check out the newest exhibit, Asylum:… Continue reading Asylum: Out of the Shadows