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Lunch With The History People Cancelled For Tomorrow Due To Weather

Due to the uncertainty of the weather, Gina’s presentation scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled and rescheduled. She will be back for her presentation on September 18, 2014.

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Is Your Favorite Toy In The National Traveling Exhibit Coming To The MN History Center [Guaranteed Memories and Smiles]

Remember these cute little bugs?  The Cootie Bug game was one of my favorites as a child, along with Parcheesi, Yahtzee and Life! (not a fan of Monopoly due to my crappy math ability, although it did teach me to make change).   But, everybody had their favorites.  "Toys" is a national traveling exhibit of toys making stop at the MN History Center.  They will take you back to your childhood and is something you're entire family will enjoy!

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Three New Information Kiosks on Duluth’s Lakewalk are the First of Their Kind, with More to Come

You will soon find new additions to the Lakewalk in Duluth.  The Friends of the Lakewalk, in partnership with the City of Duluth,will start by installing three new information kiosks, with more to come.  You don't have to be a tourist to appreciate information about things we have come to take for granted in our city.

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Leif Erickson Viking Ship to be Moved for Repairs and Restoration Thursday July 11th

The Leif Erickson Viking ship that is currently in Leif Erickson park will be lifted by crane and moved this Thursday to the City of Duluth's Park and Recreation building.  There it will undergo more restoration and repairs.  From that point it will be moved to it's permanent location, which has yet to be decided.

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Historic Newsreel Footage of the Hindenburg Crash From 77 Years Ago [Video]

 

It's been 77 years since the 804 foot long German Airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, New Jersey on May 6, 1937.  There were 97 passengers, 36 of them perished in the disaster and it marked the end of the use of rigid airships in commercial air transportation.  It used hydrogen gas as fuel, but, according to History.com it was originally suppose to use helium gas.  Here is real footage of the Hindenburg disaster.

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6 Things That No Longer Exist In Our Lives

Talking with my friend Cathy this morning and we started to mention how things are changing and how things are disappearing. It's rumored that book stores will be a thing of the past, in most cases they already are.

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10 Unusual Historical Events That Happened During Christmas

Everyone knows Christmas Day is all about tearing open presents, spending time with loved ones, gorging on lots of good food and celebrating the holiday spirit in general. Even though most of us have got the holiday thing down by now, some folks out there might not be aware of some of the unusual and history-making events marking Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in the past.

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Little Known Facts About Sir Du Luht, Daniel Greysolen, Feared Man Of The West

Daniel Greysolon is credited with discovering the area known as Duluth MN, and Duluth, GA. He has done much more than that.

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Valerie Everett, Flickr
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Where Did the Phrase ‘Got You Over a Barrel’ Come From?

If someone has you ‘over a barrel,’ it’s never a good sign. This phrase means you’re in an extremely vulnerable position, and another human being (most likely not a friend) is taking advantage of that vulnerability.

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Happy 4th Of July! As You Celebrate Today, Enjoy A Real History Of Our Nation’s Holiday

I hope your 4th Of July Holiday is full of family, friends and fun!  I recently read a report stating that fewer and fewer Americans know the full history of today's holiday so I thought it would be fun to share.

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776,

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Happy Fathers Day - Photo by Keystone/Getty Images
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Father’s Day Shortchanged? Humble History, Fewer Gifts But Dads Are Fine With It Even As The Trends Change

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there!  Being a dad has been beyond rewarding for me so far, even if our day doesn't quite get the attention it deserves.

 
Father's Day traditionally takes a backseat to Mother's Day, and, for the most part, dads are cool with that, experts say.

Nevertheless, as traditional roles around the house gradually change, fathers are gaining more attention on their special day, at least as measured in the monetary value of Father's Day gifts estimated to be given on June 19, 2011, when the holiday will be celebrated in dozens of countries.

First celebrated 101 years ago, Father's Day was, in a way, born of Mother's Day.

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History History of Mother’s Day

As Mother's Day approaches, I thought it would be fun to look at part of the history of the day.  Much to my surprise, Hallmark didn't invent it!

The history of Mother's Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother's festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother's Day.

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