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Women in Education: A Bit of History and a Few Trailblazers

In 1817, nineteen-year-old Abigail Powers was a school teacher in Sempronius, a small town in central New York. She also ran a lending library, not yet a common thing even in larger cities. Among her students was eighteen-year-old Millard Fillmore, … Continue reading

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Celebrate Juneteenth!

Around the country you will find Juneteenth celebrations bringing together large crowds, most often people of African-American descent, for food and festivities. If you attend one of these celebrations, the spirit of hope and joy is easy to sense. But … Continue reading

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June 15: Go Fly a Kite Day

Benjamin Franklin was fascinated with lightning and wanted to prove it was caused by electricity. Legend tells us that he flew his famous kite in a thunderstorm on June 15, 1752. While he himself never documented the kite flying event, … Continue reading

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It’s 1776! Want to be a teacher?

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the next Free Spirit Publishing Blog post will be on July 9, 2012. As many of us celebrate the birth of the United States this week, imagine what it would have taken to be … Continue reading

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