Declaration of Independence

The Declaration and the Great Reset

At the time of its signing, the Declaration of Independence was a “great reset.” Virtually all governments in recorded history prior to 1776 recognized few rights for people. Our Declaration, however, proclaimed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable…

Plimoth Fort

The Plimoth Fort: 1622-2022

The Plimoth Fort and palisade wall were built in the summer of 1622. A Benjamin Franklin aphorism published in his Poor Richard’s Almanack was, “Love your neighbor, yet don’t pull down your hedge.” This “pithy observation” of his, like many others, was derived from the wisdom literature of the Bible. The Bible’s injunction from the…

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

On April 14, 1828, Noah Webster, at the age of 70, had his long-awaited American Dictionary of the English Language copyrighted and ready for publication. The year before, when finishing the work, he wrote from Cambridge, England: “When I had come to the last word, I was seized with a trembling which made it somewhat…

The Courtship of Miles Standish

The Courtship of Miles Standish

On March 1, 1858, The Courtship of Miles Standish was published from the hand of the American “poet of Hearth and Home,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The distinctives of good literature (called classics) include inspiring a love for God, His Word, as well as the home and family. We can be thankful that in America we…

Presidents' Day

Presidents’ Day

Originally established in 1885 by the U.S. Congress to honor George Washington’s birthday (February 22), Presidents’ Day has a long and interesting history, and now honors all past Presidents. There are four U.S. Presidents who were born in February – George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. Throughout the 1800s, Washington’s birthday…

George Washington

The First State of the Union Address

Though there were ten Presidents of the United States under the Articles of Confederation between 1781 and 1789, George Washington was the first under our present Constitution. He was sworn in on April 30, 1789 and gave the first State of the Union Address January 8, 1790; 232 years ago. He gave the address in…

AHTC

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving: The 400th Anniversary of the 1621 Harvest Feast

There were only about 140 people who attended the first harvest feast in the fall of 1621. But on November 20, 2021 thousands lined the route of this year’s Thanksgiving parade held in historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth Rock Foundation, parent organization of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving and original sponsor was again proud to be involved in…