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5 Myths About Halloween and Their Facts

5 Myths About Halloween and Their Facts

There are many myths about Halloween, but it is time to put the five main ones to rest with their facts. The day commonly linked to the supernatural is tomorrow, and a day that many children will get dressed up for trick-or-treating. One of the biggest misconceptions is how it was a pagan festival. November […]

Hyde Hall by Halloween Candlelight Illuminates Family Ghosts

Hyde Hall by Halloween Candlelight Illuminates Family Ghosts

Hyde Hall is a large country mansion built in the early 19th century a few miles from Cooperstown, NY. Its story is one of several generations of wealth and power by birthright and marriage with fortunes made on both sides of the Atlantic. Reports of the house and grounds being haunted have existed for more […]

Ghostly History Haunts Aboard Queen Mary

Ghostly History Haunts Aboard Queen Mary

The ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary, is as famous for her haunted history as she is for her past maritime career. This former transatlantic passenger ship has been permanently docked in Long Beach, CA, since her retirement in 1967. She is a hotel and museum but, according to visitors and staff, some of her former […]

Halloween Has a Reason for the Costumes

Halloween Has a Reason for the Costumes

Halloween takes its origin from the Pagan Holiday, Samhain, where Celts would dress up in costumes and dance around a large bonfire giving for several reasons. Thanking their Gods was one of them. Today the holiday is more about candy and pranks, though the tradition of dressing up has continued. The holiday was known as […]

USS Constitution Has One Last Cruise Before Undergoing Restoration

USS Constitution Has One Last Cruise Before Undergoing Restoration

The oldest commissioned warship still afloat, the USS Constitution, set sail on her last cruise Friday morning, Oct. 17, 2014, before she undergoes extensive restoration. The three-hour cruise was in Boston Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. She was given a 21-gun salute at approximately 11:00 a.m. off Fort Independence on Castle Island and […]

Arrow Rock: National Landmark District Preserves Missouri Pioneer History

Arrow Rock: National Landmark District Preserves Missouri Pioneer History

The village of Arrow Rock, MO, commemorates early pioneer life in its 46th annual Heritage Craft Festival, Oct. 11 and 12, 2014. This area, near the banks of the Missouri River, is preserved as it looked in the 19th century with its stores, tavern, private homes, and a boardwalk. During the festival, artisans and shopkeepers […]

House of the Seven Gables Museum Ghostly October Events

House of the Seven Gables Museum Ghostly October Events

The House of the Seven Gables Museum is offering two ghostly theatrical October events during weekends beginning Oct. 10 through Nov. 1, 2014. One will be in the museum itself made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel, The House of the Seven Gables, and the other will be next door in the Nathaniel Hawthorne House. […]

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Missouri Rhineland Community

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Missouri Rhineland Community

Oktoberfest events begin in late September through October in cities and towns with a historic German heritage. The celebration is particularly meaningful in Hermann, Missouri, known for its German traditions, museums, and award-winning wines and vineyards. Located on the steep banks of the Missouri River, the area resembled the Rhine Valley in Germany. Like its […]

Mexican Independence Day Remembers ‘Grito de Dolores’ Revolutionary Call

Mexican Independence Day Remembers ‘Grito de Dolores’ Revolutionary Call

Mexican Independence Day celebrates the revolutionary cry issued Sept. 16, 1810, for Mexico’s freedom from Spain. This call to action took place in the town of Dolores when the Catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, encouraged peasants to fight for their rights. Mexican Independence Day is an annual event that remembers the Grito de Dolores […]

Museum Exhibit Examines American Indian Headdress Meaning

Museum Exhibit Examines American Indian Headdress Meaning

The American Indian headdress has a cultural and deeply spiritual significance among Native Americans. It honors acts of bravery and rites of passage that are long-held traditions. When headdresses are inappropriately worn or taken out of the context for which they were meant, that is disrespectful to those who understand their history. Organizations and activists […]

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