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  • May 30th – the original Memorial Day

    Most of us have just celebrated the unofficial beginning of summer with the Memorial Day weekend. The first Memorial Day, though, was observed on May 30, 1868, to honor those who died in the Civil War. Flowers were placed on the graves of both Union […]

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  • Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

    Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!

    On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky.  Serving as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861, until his assassination in 1865, Lincoln most famously preserved the Union through the Civil War and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in […]

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  • Abigail Hopper Gibbons

    The 1863 Draft Riots and Abigail Hopper Gibbons

    As Off the Grid chronicled last year, today is the anniversary of New York City’s draft riots, five days of rioting, looting, burning, and wanton violence that erupted after the Federal government instituted the Draft Act of 1863, the first instance of compulsory service in […]

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