Sunday, December 19, 2010

Do the Holidays Have You Baffled?

It's a week before Christmas
and all through the land,
Everyone is bustling
To get the perfect gift in hand.....

Sometimes, the holiday shopping season can be just downright tiring and overwhelming.  Trying to find the perfect gift for that hard to shop for relative who lives far away can be mind daunting.  What a great mystery to solve!

Hey, wait.  A mystery to solve?  What a perfect gift to give everyone on your list, no matter how far, no matter how dear........

Send them a local museum and perhaps they will learn more about our country's history and some of its mysteries.  If you're not sure of where to send them, be sure to check out the Travel Channel Series of Mysteries at the Museum.

This week, take a quick glance at some great mysterious artifacts and stories across the land from California to Detroit to Manhatten.

Yep, I think I'll watch the show and then pick just the right museum for my Christmas shopping!


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Newell Rubbermaid Pledges Support of New National Center for Civil and Human Rights

/PRNewswire/ -- Newell Rubbermaid will commit $500,000 to help construct and develop the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights facility in Downtown Atlanta.

"As a space for ongoing dialogue and study of human rights issues, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will become a valued addition to the Atlanta community," said Jackie Parker, Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Philanthropy at Newell Rubbermaid. "We are proud to partner with the Center to advance global human rights as a part of our continued commitment to investing in the communities where our employees live and work."

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will feature permanent and rotating educational exhibitions and serve as a vibrant and dynamic hub of activity around both historical and contemporary civil and human rights issues. The LEED-certified building is scheduled to break ground in 2011 and open in 2013, and will be located in Pemberton Place adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium.

Doug Shipman, CEO of the Center, said, "Newell Rubbermaid's generous support shows its commitment to the ideals behind the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its care for the Atlanta community. We are excited to partner with them to make the Center a reality."

Newell Rubbermaid, headquartered in Atlanta with operations in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, joins other prominent corporate partners of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights including The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot Foundation, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and The UPS Foundation.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Georgia Trust Acquires Three Houses in Forsyth from Wal-Mart

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced recently its acquisition of three historic houses in Forsyth donated from the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust. The houses will become part of the Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund program, which provides effective alternatives to demolition or neglect of architecturally and historically significant properties.

“These houses are representative of the historic architecture of Forsyth,” said Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust. “Our goal is to save these historic properties and fulfill our obligation of helping the city of Forsyth find the best alternative for these houses” McDonald added.

Since 2006 the houses have been the subject of controversy as Forsyth city officials at the time rezoned a residential area to allow construction of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter. After the rezoning, Wal-Mart has worked with community preservation leaders and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation to reach an agreement, which will lead to the preservation of three historic homes in the buffer strip required by Forsyth planning officials.

About the houses
The Bloodworth-Pace House was constructed in 1875 and features a pedimented gable with pointed arch wood vents and shaped cornice brackets. The house was remodeled in the 1930s in the Colonial Revival style, and the original porch was replaced with a pedimented gable stoop with paired Doric columns.

The Bogle-Kyte House was constructed in 1914 and was once called "one of the handsomest homes in Forsyth." This two-story late Victorian-era house features a central hallway, large centered hipped roof dormer with fixed 4/1 windows, slightly overhanging boxed eaves, and tall corbelled brick chimneys.

The Miller-Webb House is a Victorian railroad cottage constructed around 1905. The house is two rooms deep with a central hallway.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Paul Revere and His Lantern Mystery

We as children all learned the poem about Paul Revere and his midnight ride in 1775.  Up until today, I never even thought about the chap who climbed into the tower and hung the lanterns.


Here's a great blog post about the mystery of the lanterns, where they were hung, and by whom they were hung.  Hope you enjoy.......

The Unsolved Mystery at Old North Church

December 1, 2010 by Ben Edwards
Who doesn’t appreciate a good mystery – especially one that dates all the way back to the beginning of the American Revolution! On the evening of April 18, 1775, “a friend” of Paul Revere held two lanterns in the northwest window of Christ Church (Old North Church) steeple to signal patriots in Charlestown that the British troops were leaving Boston by water on their secret expedition to Lexington and Concord. One hundred years later,.......
http://teachhistory.com/2010/12/01/the-unsolved-mystery-at-old-north-church/

History sure is fun!

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