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Celebrating American Expansion this Fourth of July

Today we know that much of the land that constitutes the United 4th of july 1st picStates of America was obtained by ill-gotten means.  Those who preceded us disregarded the native people who were there first. While slight effort has been made by the government at different forms of restitution, if we look forward we see that regardless of how the land was obtained, we have inherited an ongoing job: To be good and thoughtful stewards of both the land and the people who make up this great country.

White Castle Hamburgers: The Story

White Castle holds the title of being the first fast-food restaurant inthe world. Their original hamburger eatery opened in Wichita,

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Robert Ripley Brought an Expanded World to Audiences

Robert Ripley (1890-1949) achieved worldwide fame through his

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“Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” column, a wildly popular newspaper panel series and radio program during the 1930s and ’40s. The phrase, “Believe It or Not” became a well-known saying of the day.

Robert Ripley

President Taft’s Weight: Keeping the Pounds Off

portrait Taft 1President William Howard Taft (1857-1930), who served as president from 1909-1913, was a big man.  At about 6 feet tall, his weight fluctuated from 255 to over 350 pounds, and he was constantly fighting to keep the pounds off.

The Presidential Turkey Pardon

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While we think of the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey as a long-standing tradition, it has actually been a relatively short and an erratic one.

Acquiring the official turkey, however, follows a much longer and steadier tradition.

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