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From Briars to Boxwoods, Ash Lawn-Highland Celebrates the Life and Times of James Monroe

Posted Thursday May 1, 2008 07:00 AM EDT

Travel: Jones Beach, and How They Dreamed It Up

This experiment in "recreational socialism" was so successful that Ronald Reagan starred in a movie about Jones Beach.

Socialism, the critics said, that was what it was—“a gigantic exercise in recreational socialism,” in the words of the New York Herald Tribune. Al Smith, the man behind the exercise, agreed, and he said as much 78 years ago tomorrow, August 4, 1929. That afternoon, the former governor of New York rose to speak before a crowd of 3,000 assembled under an enormous tent, as ocean waves broke behind them.

Technology Manager & Webmaster, American Heritage Society (Rockville, MD)

Technology Manager & Webmaster, American Heritage Society (Rockville, MD)

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ravel: Meeting Clark (But Not Lewis) on the Yellowstone

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
“Where the Mountain Lion Lies” was the name the Crow people gave to the massive sandstone outcrop that rises above the plain near the Yellowstone River not far from Billings, Montana. On July 25, 1806, when Capt. William Clark first set eyes on it, he called it “Pomp’s Tower,” after his pet name for his guide Sacagawea’s little boy (“Pomp” translates to “little chief” in his mother’s Shoshone language).

Travel: Meeting Clark (But Not Lewis) on the Yellowstone

Pompey's Pillar National Monument

Where the Mountain Lion Lies” was the name the Crow people gave to the massive sandstone outcrop that rises above the plain near the Yellowstone River not far from Billings, Montana. On July 25, 1806, when Capt. William Clark first set eyes on it, he called it “Pomp’s Tower,” after his pet name for his guide Sacagawea’s little boy (“Pomp” translates to “little chief” in his mother’s Shoshone language).

How 'Star Wars' Surprised the World

In the late 1970s most movie theater owners simply weren’t interested in a movie set in space. The last truly successful science-fiction film had been 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; more recent fare, such as the ecological fable Silent Running (1972), had bombed.

The Greatest Rallying Cry: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

March 23, 1775, a Thursday, was the fourth day of a revolutionary convention in Virginia. But just how revolutionary, nobody until that day could have predicted.

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