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Miscellany

  • If you’re within driving distance of Nashville, don’t forget about the special exhibition of the original Emancipation Proclamation at the Tennessee State Museum, Feb. 12-18.  Viewing hours are limited and lines may be long, so click here to learn how to make advance reservations.  Some time slots are already full.
  • Hey, speaking of Lincoln, did you know that in addition to leading a Marxist war effort, he was also an “unscrupulous fascist“?  A sneaky devil, that Lincoln.
  • Here’s an interesting history of the sites associated with Lincoln’s early life.
  • Thoughts from East Tennessee on the importance of family heirlooms.
  • There’s another proposed state law to prevent people from fiddling with or renaming monuments.  This one is right here in Tennessee.
  • Some info on the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Chattanooga Campaign.
  • Mt. Vernon has acquired an original painting by Benjamin Latrobe.

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Dropping in on the chiefs

As I’ve said before, I’ve grown fond of cruising Wikimapia, the collaborative website that lets visitors mark and describe sites on satellite photos.  The other day I was idly engaged in some virtual historical tourism and started looking up presidential homes.

Check out Jefferson’s Monticello and Madison’s Montpelier.  Their entries are pretty much bare bones.  Jackson’s tomb and the museum facilities are indicated at the HermitageLincoln’s home doesn’t get the detailed treatment, which is a little odd, considering that the Park Service has researched the area and is developing its interpretation of some of the surrounding lots.

The big exception is Mount Vernon, which is marked up like a freshman term paper, right down to the smokehouse.  Maybe there’s a Washington enthusiast or Mount Vernon employee out there with a lot of time on his hands.

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