Did Hoover deserve his bad rap during Depression?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3565804" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Herbert Hoover[/caption] Herbert Hoover was born Aug. 10, 1874. His Quaker mother taught Sunday School and spoke at Friend's meetings before she died when more…

Why was it important to make Oregon a state?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2303125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Marcus Whitman leaving home on his winter ride to save Oregon[/caption] In 1831, three Nez Perce Indians and one Flathead Indian traveled from the more…

When do political agendas justify evading the law?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2302755" align="aligncenter" width="600"] President Nixon during the Watergate scandal[/caption] White House scandals have been motivated by greed, love of power, lust, or a conviction that one's political more…

Could we have another 'great awakening' today?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2291845" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Great Revival[/caption] Thomas Jefferson noted in his bemorandum book: "I have subscribed to the building of an Episcopalian church, two hundred dollars; a Presbyterian 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…

What is the long-range effect of missionary work?

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_2288125" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Eliot preaching to the Indians[/caption] The first book printed in America was the Bay Psalm Book by John Eliot, who was baptized in more…

A military branch you've never heard of

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_4601297" align="aligncenter" width="600"] U.S. Revenue Marine and the War of 1812[/caption] In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around more…

JFK's 'guiding principle' of our nation

by Bill Federer -- [caption id="attachment_3343274" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John F. Kennedy[/caption] U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT 109 was rammed Aug. 2, 1943, by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. PT-109 sank. Though sustaining permanent more…