• For George & Thomas, John & Benjamin, With Thanks This 4th of July

    Happy 4th of July, America! Today, we celebrate our country’s independence. We remember our Founding Fathers, and are thankful for men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. As I look at all the Facebook posts my friends are making this morning, I know many of us are taking a moment to realize how thankful we are to live in this great United States of America. Parades of all sorts are happening as I write this: bikes are decorated in red, white, and blue; kids on rollerblades waving flags; floats being driven down the streets as people wave to spectators; police, firefighters, and emergency crews driving vehicles…

  • Stealing History and Two Indicted Men: Museum Thefts Leave Me Wondering

    For those of you who have not been following this story, I’ll give you the short recap: Two New Yorkers, one 63, the other, 24, have been charged with stealing historic documents from various museums (I won’t even glorify them by publishing their names). You can read more about this crazy story here at http://www.edition.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/28/historical.document.theft/index.html for more details and information. However, to continue the recap, some of the documents stolen include historical documents from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, a letter from 1780 from Benjamin Franklin to John Paul Jones from the New York Historical Society, and 60 documents from the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, including a land…