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Saint Paul Keeps Capital Feb 27, 1857  

Legislator Joe Rolette disappears with a scandalous bill that would transfer the territorial capital from Saint Paul to Saint Peter. For a week he drinks and plays poker with his friends, hiding in the attic of the Fuller House while the bill rests in the hotel’s safe. 251 more words

"Most Republicans Still Haven't Learned Anything": Jeb Bush And The Republican Party's Bizarre 9/11 Blind Spot

Donald Trump is more of a reality show contestant engaged in the simulacrum of a presidential candidacy than an actual candidate for president. But this comes with an advantage: He can tell the truths that are inconvenient to Republican dogma. 796 more words


Black & White & Golden Dram

When asked to contribute a flight of whiskies for a recent blog, I took a little while to come up with a few favourites. As the story of a whiskey – it’s origins, manufacture, history, heritage and trivia – are as important and enjoyable to me as the tasting – my flight reflects that element. 738 more words


The Bible and its Consolation in our Time of Sorrow

Written by, James Buchanan (1804-1870)
Edited for thought and sense

Mourners in Zion, be comforted!

If yours is a life of sorrow, yours also is a religion of hope. 634 more words

Marion Harland recalls some election tunes from 1844

While I spend considerable time sifting through early literature produced about the antebellum Shenandoah Valley (produced both from within and without the Valley) I’ve also found a favorite author outside the Valley who doesn’t provide perspective on Valley life… but on antebellum life in Virginia. 803 more words

Antebellum Period

Interesting things you possibly never knew about crochet


There is more to crochet than meets the eye. Not only is crochet a fun hobby, there are in fact a whole host of interesting facts about crochet that are intriguing and fascinating at the same time.   358 more words


Scholla: President Buchanan's Dancing Master

President Buchanan’s Dancing Master

When a troupe of French dancers, known as the Marteen dancers, suggested to Frank Stouch a native of Stouchsburg, Berks County, that he could achieve fame in Paris, the Berks lad replied that he would prefer to “become famous in Berks County first.” This took place during the middle of the last century, when Frank Stouch was astonishing Philadelphia theatre goers with the nimble steps which he had learned in the square dances in Berks County barns. 443 more words