Remembering Coolidge’s First State of the Union Address

January 12, 2016

Coolidge delivered his first and only in-person State of the Union address on December 6, 1923. This was his first address to a joint session of Congress since ascending to the presidency in the wake of President Harding’s death, and Coolidge led with remarks praising President Harding for his service to our country.

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In Memory of Peter Hannaford

September 14, 2015

Coolidge scholar and key Reagan adviser Peter D. Hannaford died at age 82 at his Eureka, California home on September 5, 2015. His 2001 book, The Quotable Calvin Coolidge: Sensible Words for a New Century, helped set the stage for the current renaissance in Coolidge scholarship and appreciation.

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Coolidge Presidential Debate Judge Instructions

July 20, 2015

A debate will begin with a general statement (i.e. “Resolved…”), with each team then debating that resolution. Each judge must render a decision in the debate by voting for the affirmative position or the negative position. That judgment rests primarily upon a consideration of which team has done a more effective job of persuading you for (affirmative speaker) or against (negative speaker) the resolution in question. Please consider the following factors when making a decision:

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Dartmouth Debate Day at the Notch

July 8, 2015

Another year of summer debate has come, and we were so pleased to welcome 70 students from the Debate Institutes at Dartmouth to the Notch on Monday, July 6. On this day the students were led on a tour of the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site by Education Director Diane Kemble, Program Associate Rushad Thomas, and committed volunteer docent Nick Tassone. Following their tour, the students witnessed a mock debate between Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes and Mexico Business Forum president Roberto Salinas-Leon. Amity took side in favor of tax hikes, while Roberto countered her. Following this lively debate, the students had the opportunity to query Amity and Roberto, as well as prepare for their afternoon debates.

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