Coolidge and Lindbergh: Honoring the Lone Eagle

June 16, 2016

Historian Jerry Wallace once wrote that Charles Lindbergh is “the exception to Emerson’s rule that all heroes become bores. His name still retains its magic.”

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Coolidge Foundation Visits Derby Line

May 2, 2016

I enjoyed my annual visit bringing the story of Calvin Coolidge’s life and presidency to the enthusiastic fourth-graders at Derby Elementary School up near the Canadian border in Derby Line, VT. Thank you to their teachers, Debra Battista, Jennie Davis, and Amy Nadeau for inviting me each year. After a presentation in each classroom focusing on the Homestead Inauguration, we walked a short distance to my portable hands-on exhibit of photographs, political cartoons and artifacts set up in the school’s library.

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Works on Paper Comes to the Coolidge Historic Site

April 18, 2016

Carolyn Frisa, Head Conservator and Owner of Works on Paper presented her information-filled talk, Preserving Family Archives at the recent Open House at the Coolidge Museum and Education Center. She showed a slide series of letters, photos, paintings, and other works on paper that had been damaged by heat, moisture, neglect and contact with acid producing surfaces. This raised our awareness of how to store and handle these delicate items. Carolyn described the process how these items were restored and preserved by careful cleaning, remounting and storage. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions about specific items they had brought with them. This talk will be available on local access TV stations. For further information about Works on Paper, see The Coolidge Foundation thanks Carolyn for sharing her expertise with us!

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Dallas Debate Students Shine at Coolidge Cup Qualifying Tournament

April 14, 2016

Government surveillance was the point of contention at the Coolidge Foundation’s third Coolidge Cup Qualifying tournament, held with the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance on April 8th and 9th at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas, Texas. Students debated whether the government should curtail its surveillance of private citizens. Nearly 100 students participated in this exciting policy debate.

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The Past Comes to Life at Vermont History Day

April 12, 2016

On Saturday, April 2nd, I had the pleasure of being part of the judging team for Junior Performance Entries at Vermont History Day, held at U32 High School in Montpelier. The knowledge, hard work, and creativity of these students as they dramatically took on the characters of historical figures were exciting and impressive. As explained on Vermont Historical Society’s web site: “Vermont History Day, affiliated with National History Day, encourages students to study history and share their knowledge through a variety of project choices such as displays, web sites, papers, and performances. The program is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18. Working individually or in small groups, students choose a topic related to the National History Day annual theme, which in 2016 is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The topic can relate to Vermont history, US history or world history.” The Coolidge Foundation awards a cash prize each year.

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