George Washington Foregoes Civility

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“Washington spent the most formative years of his life in Winchester,” says the website of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  Between the ages of 17 and 27, Washington spent “more nights in Winchester than any other place besides his home.” So … Continue reading

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ISO Abraham Lincoln’s Bed

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I went to the Chicago History Museum to see the bed in which Abraham Lincoln died. April 15 had been the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and I’d spent part of that evening touring the Peterson House.  The Peterson House, … Continue reading

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Hull House

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What surprised me about Hull House, headquarters for one of the country’s first community social welfare agencies, was its opulence.  Hull House was built in 1856 for wealthy real estate developer Charles Hull in west Chicago.  I’m not a huge … Continue reading

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Marching Through DC

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On May 23, 1865, Union General George Meade and about 80,000 men from the Army of the Potomac marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, for a Grand Review of the Armies. The following day, General William T. Sherman led … Continue reading

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More Money than Time

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As we rode the subway from the Common back to the Boston Museum of Fine Art, I remembered — sort of — a song about a guy stuck in the Boston subway.  “Do you know it?” I asked Kathie. “Did … Continue reading

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Devotion of the Patriot Soldier

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We’ve all heard about Boston drivers, right? That they take no prisoners? Also, Boston consistently tops “worst cities for drivers” lists: its roads are safety hazards and ridiculously congested, and there’s absolutely no parking anywhere. Well let me tell you: … Continue reading

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Sailors and Witches and Graveyards, Oh My

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It was after noon when we left Danvers, Massachusetts and headed for Salem, just a few miles away. That’s when we learned that Salem is awash with tourists, angled streets and odd traffic patterns.  The combination left me frazzled by … Continue reading

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