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January 18, 2009

Newsletter 01/18/2009

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 11:39 pm

With all the pomp and ceremony going on this week in Washington D.C., the next couple of web sites should be of interest.

From the web site:
“Welcome to the District of Columbia’s 2009 Presidential Inauguration website. This site will assist you in finding valuable information about the events surrounding the 56th Presidential Inauguration, including lodging information, transportation, security measures and closures.” Don’t forget the events calendar while you are looking around.
http://inauguration.dc.gov/index.asp

Next venture over to this site.
Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to George W. Bush’s inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. The selections are drawn from the Presidential Papers in the Manuscript Division and from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Music Division, and the General Collections of the Library of Congress.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml

Did you know that the Smithsonian Institution was started with money from a British scientist?
In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
http://www.si.edu/about/history.htm

OpenCongress.org is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to help make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement. OpenCongress.org is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation. I use this site to check up on current bills before committees and who is promoting them. Also check out the committees too.
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/all

This next site has in my opinion, the most important documents in U.S. history. These documents are among the thousands of public laws, Supreme Court decisions, inaugural speeches, treaties, constitutional amendments, and other documents that have influenced the course of U.S. history. Some very interesting reading and some boring reading but all extremely important.
ttp://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?flash=true&page=milestone

In the 1400’s a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat
his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have ‘the rule of
thumb’.

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