Coolidge Blog

The Great 1928 Budget Debate

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The Coolidges Move West

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Tige, the Presidential Cat, Goes Missing in A Snowstorm: Radio Comes to The Rescue.

By Jerry Wallace The Coolidges were both pet lovers. The President was particularly fond of cats, while the First Lady was partial to dogs. A pair of kittens arrived at […]

The President’s Son and the Railroad

By John Ferrell If historians were asked to list similarities between Robert Todd Lincoln and John Coolidge, they would quickly answer that both were sons of presidents from humble beginnings. […]

Sept. 25: The Constitution Story Presentation at Plymouth Notch

September 4, 2014

“The more I study it, the more I have come to admire it, realizing that no other document devised by the hand of man ever brought so much progress and happiness to humanity. The good it has wrought can never be measured.” Calvin Coolidge

Great stories are hard to resist. You’re invited to come to beautiful Plymouth Notch to hear Constitutional scholar, Kevin Ryan, from the Vermont Bar Association, tell the story of the United States Constitution and what it means today.

  • What did the Framers of the Constitution think they were doing?
  • How did their opponents perceive the Constitution?
  • How has that disagreement become the fundamental debate of American constitutional democracy?

1:00  Meet for a brief tour of the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.

(Come earlier if you’d like more time to walk around.) Learn of the many program opportunities for student and other groups of any age and number.

2:00  The Constitution Story with Kevin Ryan

Following Kevin’s talk and discussion, we’ll take a look at some resources that support civics education and teachers will go home with activities to use with their students. Participants are welcome to bring resources that they use to understand and teach the United States Constitution. (Note that this program will be very helpful to teachers but is open to all who would like to know more about the U.S. Constitution.)

This free program is sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Refreshments will be served. Join us! Please r.s.v.p. to Diane Kemble.

History Exploration Visits are now being scheduled through the end of October. Our team of experienced docents lead small groups of students through the village of historic Plymouth Notch, where Calvin Coolidge was born, grew up, returned to, and was sworn in by his father as the 30th President of the United States. See the award winning “More Than Two Words”; Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge and the new exhibit, The Coolidges, Vermont and the Civil War.

Voting Rights/Civil Rights activity and presentation is available as part of any student visit. Buckwheat Harvesting or Sheep Shearing is available on certain dates. Let me know your interest and studies and we’ll tailor your visit.

Do you know students who’d enjoy an extra challenge? Check out our writing contest! https://coolidgefoundation.org/news/vermont-youth-apply-for-the-2014-calvin-prize/

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