If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
-- Samuel Adams Speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776
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posted on Colonial Sense: 09/20/2014 Mystery Surrounds Skeletons in Mass Grave September 12, 2014, Popular Archaeology by Staff Further tests will be conducted on skeletons initially recovered from a centuries-old mass grave in Durham City, in the UK, in 2013.
...The remains of two individuals have been radiocarbon dated and the results point to a date of death sometime within 1440-1630.
It’s not known yet whether the ship found in Canada’s Arctic is the HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement, but the discovery was confirmed Sunday using a remote underwater vehicle.
posted on Colonial Sense: 09/19/2014 Famous George Washington Painting To Be Restored September 08, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff One of the most famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment in decades.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has begun planning the conservation and digital analysis of the full-length “Lansdowne” portrait of the first president that was painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, museum officials told The Associated Press. The 8-foot-by-5-foot picture is considered the definitive portrait of Washington as president after earlier images in military uniform.
The vessel, nicknamed Old Ironsides, will make one more trip across the Boston Harbor in October, said Peter Melkus, a spokesman. But it will be pushed by a tug instead of moving by sail power in an exhibition to mark the 217th anniversary of its launch.
The brass coin, thought to be from the Qing Dynasty and minted between 1736 and 1795, was found on Elcho Island last month by a group of heritage enthusiasts called Past Masters.
posted on Colonial Sense: 09/08/2014 Happy Birthday, U.S. Treasury August 02, 2014, Time by Victor Luckerson It was 225 years ago today that the still-nascent United States finally decided to get its financial house in order. The Department of the Treasury was established on Sept. 2, 1789, during an early session of the 1st United States Congress. The Department’s duties, according to the founding law, are:
“…to digest and prepare plans for the improvement and management of the revenue…to prepare and report estimates of the public revenue, and the public expenditures; to superintend the collection of revenue; to decide on the forms of keeping and stating accounts and making returns, and to grant under the limitations herein established, or to be hereafter provided, all warrants for monies to be issued from the Treasury, in pursuance of appropriations by law.”
His latest ShakesBEER series in August took thirsty theatergoers to four bars in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. At each stop, actors launch into a scene from Shakespeare plays, such as "Romeo and Juliet" or "As You Like It," often in front of regulars and tourists who have no idea what's going on.
At the end of the scene, the ShakesBEER crowd moves on to the next venue. Drink, watch, repeat.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/29/2014 Camp Security archaeological dig starts Monday August 26, 2014, The York Daily Record by Teresa Boeckel An archaeological dig started Monday morning to search for 18th century artifacts that could reveal more about the history of a Revolutionary War prison camp in Springettsbury Township.
"We're just hoping we find something," said Carol Tanzola, president of the Friends of Camp Security.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2014 On the trail of the 'Blood Countess' in Slovakia August 22, 2014, CNN by John Malathronas With a ruined centuries-old castle looming up on the hill above, the Slovakian village of Cachtice could easily take a starring role in a Gothic horror film.
However, exactly 400 years ago, on August 21, the horror was all too real, as the life of the most prolific female mass murderer of all time -- a noblewoman by the name of Countess Elizabeth Bathory -- came to a grim end.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2014 Sunday Is the 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the White House August 22, 2014, Time by Jay Newton-Small Look around Washington D.C. this summer and you’ll find parades, speeches and shows to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 100th anniversary of World War I. Heck, there are even exhibits honoring the 25th anniversary of Prague’s Velvet Revolution and the fact the 50 years ago the Beatles first invaded America, to much teenage frenzy.
But what you won’t find are a lot of mentions about the War of 1812’s bicentennial. “Wait,” you may ask, “if it was the War of 1812, why would we celebrate it in 1814?”