What is the history of Presidents Day and where does the apostrophe go? From Mount Vernon: The road to what the majority of the public in the United States now recognizes as Presidents’ Day is a long and confusing one. After Washington died in 1799, his birthday was informally celebrated across the country. It wasn’t […]
Speaking of filmmaker Jim Wolpaw, his film “First Face: The Buck Starts Here” — the story of Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington — is scheduled for broadcast on PBS during President’s week. He and partner Steve Gentile investigate the most famous American portrait that no one knows anything about. (Of course, finding Americans who
Governor Stephen Hopkins led our delegation to the 1774 Continental Congress, later signing the Declaration of Independence for the colony of Rhode Island, an act of great bravery. John Adams wrote in his autobiography regarding Hopkins’ contributions to the congress, But Governor Hopkins of Rhode Island, above seventy Years of Age kept us all alive.