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First Rail Passengers Roll on the Good Ol’ Swansea and Mumbles Railway

An early photo of open car horse drawn service on the Swansea and Mumbles Railway.  Probably a vary pleasant hour or so on a lovely spring day, but undoubtedly miserable in Wales's snowy winters. Over

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Dr. Koch, the Consumption Bug, and the Cup Cake Downfall

In the 1938 weeper Three Comrads Margaret Sullivan dies beautifully, with self-sacrificing heroism of consumption in a mountain sanitarium leaving behind her grieving husband Robert Taylor, and his su

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Otis Lift Bows on Broadway

The passenger car installed by Elijah Otis on Broadway in 1857 was not as elaborate as this post-Civil War model, but it did the job. On March 23, 1857 Elijah Graves Otis, a former Yankee itinerant ja

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Pocahontas—Death of a Princess With Murfin Verse

Pocahontas imagined as a Powatan "princess" with facial features based on her from life 1616 English portrait. On March 21, 1617 Rebecca Rolfe, the 22 year old wife of John died, probably of smallpox

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Tree of Life Social Justice Committee Supports Local Jewish and Islamic Institutions

A wave of Events like this Jewish cemetery desecration motivated the Tree of Life UU Congregation Social Justice Committee to reach out to local synagogues and an Islamic center.  After a devastating

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