Monthly Archives: July 2019

Escape Between The Pages

Books provide entertainment, information, and emotional escape. Today they can be found everywhere in various formats. Before the 1800s, books were available to the educated and the wealthy who had small libraries in their homes. Private book clubs called subscription or membership libraries were popular with the wealthy. They were funded by membership fees or […]

Flying Pigs?

In the United States there is a FLYING PIG MARATHON that has been run in Cincinnati, Ohio, since 1997. In the 1800’s Cincinnati had the nickname “Porkopolis” because of the meat packing industry and all the stockyards there. During this time, pigs could be seen running through the downtown Cincinnati streets to the stockyards. In […]

Outrageous Organs

The organ has long been a favored instrument of church ensembles, rock bands, and classical masters. The instrument’s swelling tones prove incredibly versatile, capable of satisfying any musical taste. Traditional organs rely on a series of pipes to produce sound, but craftsmen have taken a few creative liberties while reimagining this iconic instrument. Fiery in […]

The Fabric of America

The year is 1776. Philadelphia seamstress Elizabeth Ross is struggling to eke out a livelihood. Shortages induced by the American Revolution have crippled her family-owned upholstery business, and her husband, a militiaman, was recently killed while guarding ammunition from the clutches of invading British troops. Shunned by her Quaker family for her decision to marry […]

Canada Day

July 1 is Canada Day.             On July 1, 1867, the United States northern neighbor, Canada, remembers the day when the British North America Act stated that Canada would become an independent dominion of England. The Act combined the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (which eventually was split into Ontario […]