Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) is one of the greatest composers in history. His work marked a turning point for composers, who had previously written primarily for religious services, to teach, or to entertain at social functions. But Beethoven’s …[Continue]

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was a U.S. Naval officer and a pioneering computer programmer. Among other accomplishments, Admiral Hopper was instrumental in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. Here’s another fun …[Continue]

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

With cooler, shorter fall days, now is the perfect time to gather round the kitchen table with construction paper, glue, paint and scissors to make some Thanksgiving crafts. I could never design any of these clever craft projects myself, but …[Continue]

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

My childhood pumpkin memories look nothing like these fancy pumpkins. When did pumpkin carving get so elaborate? I can’t say, but these pumpkin patterns do look fun. Whether your interest is just in browsing the photo galleries, or you’re out …[Continue]

German Reunification

German Reunification

Forty-five years after the country was split in two in 1949, Germany was reunited in 1990 when East Germany joined West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) to form a united Germany. Also united was the city of Berlin, which had …[Continue]

Stamp Act

Stamp Act

The Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12, is more commonly known as The Stamp Act of 1765. It imposed British taxes on the American colonies by requiring a stamp on every piece of printed paper. …[Continue]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African freedom fighter who became South Africa’s first democratically elected President (1994 to 1999). His leadership was fundamental in dismantling apartheid, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize …[Continue]

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work …[Continue]