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Happy 4th Of July! Take A Crash Course On the Holiday, You May Find Yourself Surprised By Some of the Facts [VIDEO]

Today is of course the day we celebrate our nation's independence, and here's to you getting to spend this holiday weekend with the people you love the most!

I found this Crash Course video series that is a little silly, but it does share some interesting facts about the 4th Of July.  For example, did you know that July 2nd is actually a more significant date for America?

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Own A Piece of Duluth History For All To Enjoy

The City of Duluth was just voted #1 in the Country for best Town in America to live in.  It's possible for you to OWN a piece of Northland history for residents and visitors to enjoy.  It's a conversation piece while enhancing the look of the Enger Tower property.  It's a guarantee that many people will enjoy using it.   Read on, I'll tell you how you can purchase a historic park bench.

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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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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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