Archive for the ‘History’ Category

Celebrate National Freedom Day & Black History Month

National Freedom Day on February 1st celebrates the signing of  the resolution that became the 13th Amendment that outlawed slavery in the United States by President Lincoln in 1865.  Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr., a former slave, first commemorated Freedom Day in 1945 at Independence Hall and with the ceremonious laying of a wreath at the Liberty Bell. President Truman ratified the holiday in 1948.

February 1st also marks the celebration of Black History Month, which observes remembrances of important

Black History Month from Kevin Fell

Black History Month (image from Kevin Fell at HOZA!)

people and events of the African diaspora in the United States and Canada. Media outlets and educators use this month to highlight the special achievements, notable moments in history, and influential people of African descent whose words and deeds have contributed to the shaping of the world today.

Some criticism of Black History Month has been aired by religious leaders, celebrities, and journalists who contend that one race should not be singled out for observance and, moreover,  ‘Black’ history is American history.

What do you think?

We Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today, January 15th, is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth back in 1929.  Dr. King was an activist, clergyman, and Nobel Peace Prize winner whose legacy is one of human and civil rights.  King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. We celebrate the holiday that honors his birth and his contributions to Americans and the world on the third Monday of January each year.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of few federal holidays that honors an individual. Because it is a federal holiday, states have the leeway to interpret the day as they see fit and it is sometimes known as Civil Rights Day.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. via Wikipedia

My mother-in-law recalls witnessing as a young girl a late-night civil right’s meeting when Dr. King was sitting in her parent’s kitchen during the dangerous early 60’s.

Dr. King’s inspirational “I have a dream” speech is shown below, courtesy of YouTube. Enjoy the speech and the three day weekend!

via superjsuh

Belated Happy Birthday in honor of Emily Post

In doing my research for today’s Celebrate Holiday post, I came across an article that claimed that today, October 30th was the anniversary of Emily Post’s birth. Upon further research (you didn’t think I double checked this stuff did you?) I confirmed that her birthday was actually on October 27th and so today I dedicate this post to honoring her birth belatedly.

emily post institute

click here to visit the Emily Post Institute's website

If you didn’t already know, Emily Post’s name is now synonymous with proper etiquette and courteous manners.   Many of Emily’s descendants continue her legacy in the 50 years since Emily’s death in 1960. They write books, magazine articles, blogs, and run the Emily Post Institute.

We at Tiny Prints, and especially for Wedding Paper Divas, take etiquette for our stationery very seriously. Many of Emily Post’s and her family’s books are regularly referenced in our pursuit to ensure perfection for our customer’s invitations and announcements.

As a mother to two young boys and a former preschool teacher, I truly believe that good manners are a gift we must give to our children.

Knowing common courtesy helps people feel comfortable moving and working in the world with others.

So much of our stress and awkwardness  in our lives comes from not knowing what to do or how to act in daily situations- manners and courtesy can relieve that tension.

So here’s to a lifetime of working towards good manners for all and a legacy of great courtesy. Thank you, Emily.

Categories: History Tags: ,

Let’s Fly Away for National Aviation Day!

August 19, 2009 1 comment

Happy National Avaiation Day!

Sometimes called Wright Brothers Day, today is the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday on August 19, 1871. This holiday honors Orville and his brother Wilbur’s first airplane flight on December 17th, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

This day was actually created by presidential proclamation by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939.

Celebrate- you could go for a flight, fly a miniature airplane, or just make a paper one!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

Celebrate National Aviation Day! Make a paper airplane!

My family visited the Hiller Aviation Museum last year and saw an amazng presentation on paper airplanes by John M. Collins. Well, of course we bought both books (one for each son- don’t fight!) and gradually my sons were able to fold and fly more and more kinds of airplanes. They talk about thinks like the “dart ” and “up elevator” and are getting experience with aerodynamics without even thinking about it.  All their friends request paper airplanes at school, too!

The Paper Airplane Guy even has a new app for iPhone (my favorite new gadget!) that shows  you how to fold paper airplanes and  can simulate your throw…guess what I am going to do next!

Hope you have a high-flying day, everyone!

Paper Cranes for Peace

“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” – Sadako Sasaki


Today is a day we remember history and celebrate peace.

On August 6th in 1945 the United States bombed the city of Hiroshima, Japan with the first atomic waepon ever deployed in warfare.  On that day Sadako Sasaki was two years old. Ten years later she died of radiation induced leukemia. In the hospital, Sadako began to fold origami cranes, moved by the Japanese legend that said one’s wish will come true if one folds 1,000 cranes. While Sadako did not acheive 1,000 folded cranes inher life, because of her story and inspiration, paper cranes have become a global symbol of peace, and a statue of Sadako now stands in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan and in Seattle Peace Park in the United States.

In 1996, August 6th was declared Sadako Peace Day.  We celebrate this day by gathering together and praying for peace in times of war and for all people, especially children.  Today I have put peace on the wings of this post and hope that this message will fly all over the world.

Welcome, Colorado!

Hello, neighbor! Well, ok, Colorado is not exactly a neighbor to sunny California where I make my home, but it certainly could be considered around the corner.  And today is the day the United States of America welcomed Colorado into the union and into the neighborhood, so to speak.


Back in 1876, the home of the Rockies became the 38th state and flag makers all over the country had to sew on yet another star.

I think Colorado must be a nice place: one of my more well-traveled coworkers raves about her fantastic trip to the Rockies, and there are so many former Californians living there now that the Coloradans (not Coloradoans!) complain that their state has been “Californicated”!   Yikes.

Categories: History Tags: