Why was it important to make Oregon a state?

by Bill Federer -- In 1831, three Nez Perce Indians and one Flathead Indian traveled from the Oregon Territory to St. Louis, Missouri, looking for the "Book to Heaven." The bishop of more…

Could we have another 'great awakening' today?

by Bill Federer -- Thomas Jefferson noted in his bemorandum book: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian church, sixty dollars, and a Baptist more…

The poet who brought King Arthur to life

by Bill Federer -- Camelot and King Arthur's Court, Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and the search for the Holy Grail. ... Our imaginations soar with history more…

A military branch you've never heard of

by Bill Federer -- In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts. That same month, General George Washington, with the help of more…

JFK's 'guiding principle' of our nation

by Bill Federer -- U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 109 was rammed Aug. 2, 1943, by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. PT-109 sank. Though sustaining permanent back injuries, PT-109's commander, LTJG John F. more…