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Margaret Blennerhassett- More Character Than Riches

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)



by Kathy Warnes


Her contemporaries noted Margaret Agnew Blennerhassett’s beauty and surviving portraits reflect that beauty.  According to a Montreal Gazette story of January 28, 1841, she was tall, with chiseled features, a clear complexion and her blue eyes sparkled with intelligence and life. Marga...

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Skedaddling to Canada and Back

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)


 

 The Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Canada.

Wikimedia Commons


 by Kathy Warnes

 

 Americans and Canadians have been hurrying or skedaddling across each others' borders for centuries. In fact, the word skedaddle has roots in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Linguists and ordinary people...

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William Tell - Mythical Hero, Mythical Historical Figure, or Both?

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (5)


by  Kathy Warnes

History needs to be written and taught with imgination and documentation, with a fascinating figure like William Tell included to add zest to the story. Miss Arylene Burr, our American elementary music teacher, taught us that Gioachino Rossini wrote an opera in four acts called William Tell. Although William Tell features four acts, the...

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Santons and The Stars and Stripes Continue the Christmas Prayer for Peace

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

French Santa - Wikimedia Commons

by Kathy Warnes

 

Christmas santons and the World War II Stars and Stripes newspaper staff writer Paul S. Green bring an enduring message of peace from the Second World War.

 


The Monday, December 25, 1944, Christmas edition of the Stars and Stripes, the American Armed Forces newspaper, featured a story by staff writer, Paul S. Green. Staff writer...

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Does Jacques LeRay Chaumont Still Haunt Chaumont Castle?

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)


by Kathy Warnes

 

Historians call Jacques LeRay Chaumont the "Father of the American Revolution," and the enabler of the French Revolution. Does his spirit still haunt Chaumont Castle?

 

The Chateau or Castle Chaumont, between Blois and Amboise, France, is located on a hill overlooking the Loire River with a panoramic view of the Loire Valley. A climb leads to a park of cedar trees ...

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