Harvard: Whig Improvement and Constitutional Conservation

On September 30, 2022, Harvard University's Program on Constitutional Government will host JMC faculty partner Greg Weiner for a lecture on Whig political thought and conserving the Constitution. Friday, September […]

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October is National Seafood Month!

October is National Seafood Month! The American seafood industry has been honored by Congress with this distinction for the past 30 years. It has operated for much longer of course, with […]

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National Chess Day!

It’s National Chess Day! Celebrated each year on the second Saturday of October, the day encourages a greater appreciation for the game and gives chess enthusiasts another excuse to play. […]

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress voted to send two armed sailing vessels out to intercept ships carrying munitions and supplies to the […]

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National No Beard Day!

It’s National No Beard Day! 🪒🪒🪒 Did you know? Nearly every U.S. president could celebrate this day – only 5 of our 46 presidents have worn beards, the first being […]

Providence College: What Do the Humanities Do?

On October 21, 2022, the Frederick Douglass Project at Providence College will host Eric Adler for a discussion of the humanities and why they matter: In the late nineteenth century, […]

Villanova: W.B. Allen on The State of Black America

On October 25, 2022, the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University will host W.B. Allen for a discussion of his recent edited volume, The State of Black America: Progress, […]

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Tonight is known as Mischief Night!

For roughly a quarter of Americans (particularly in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest), tonight is known as Mischief Night! (Or Cabbage Night, Devil’s Night, or Goosey Night depending […]

University of Nevada-Las Vegas: Thinking about Reparations

On November 2, 2022, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas's Great Works Academic Certificate Program will host JMC faculty partner Andrew Delbanco for a virtual lecture on reparations. Wednesday, November 2, […]

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Today is Election Day!

Today is Election Day ! 🗳🗳🗳 Did you know? Election Day always falls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Why this day? For one, farming schedules […]

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Happy Veterans Day!

Each year, Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans, both past and present. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 Did you know? For many years, Veterans Day was Armistice Day. […]

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Today is Veterans Day!

Occurring every year on November 11, Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans, past and present. 🇺🇸🪖🇺🇸🪖🇺🇸🪖 Did you know? For many years, the occasion was celebrated […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from JMC!

Happy Thanksgiving from JMC! Thanksgiving, one of our country's oldest holidays, has roots in both the Native American and European traditions. The Wampanoags and other Native American tribes traditionally held […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from JMC! Thanksgiving, one of our country's oldest holidays, has roots in both Native American and European traditions. The Wampanoags and other Native American tribes traditionally held ceremonies […]

Benedictine College: Lincoln and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

On November 29, 2022, the Center for Constitutional Liberty at Benedictine College will host faculty partner Michael Zuckert for a discussion of Abraham Lincoln and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Tuesday, November […]

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Happy National Cookie Day!

It’s National Cookie Day! 🍪 🍪 🍪 Did you know? Cookies in colonial America were made from simple ingredients like sugar and butter. These butter cookies were close relatives of […]

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Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Happy Bill of Rights Day! 📜 🖋 📜 🖋 📜 On this day in 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified, consisting of the first ten amendments to our Constitution. […]

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It’s Christmas Day

Did you know? Although the holiday is believed to date back to 336 A.D., Christmas did not catch on across the United States until the latter half of the 1700s. […]

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Happy New Year!

In colonial America, it was customary to exchange small gifts on New Year’s Day and visit with friends and neighbors. One common (and fragrant!) gift was an orange with cloves […]

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Happy National Bird Day!

One of the most famous (and rare) books of American birds is John J. Audubon’s Birds of America. Printed as a subscription from 1827 to 1838, the book contains over […]

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National Hot Sauce Day!

It’s National Hot Sauce Day! 🌶🌶🌶 Did you know that hot sauce has deep American roots? Chilis were domesticated in present-day Mexico around 5000 B.C. The Aztecs and Mayans combined […]

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Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! 🥜 🥜 🥜 This uniquely American treat was first patented in the late 1800s, as Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson and American John Harvey Kellogg experimented […]

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Today, the groundhog saw his shadow – six more weeks of winter! 🌨🌨🌨 Groundhog Day was first officially celebrated on this day in 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Members of the […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️❤️❤️ Though this holiday has origins in the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia and as a Christian feast day, it wasn’t until the 17th and 18th centuries […]

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Harriet Tubman Day

On this day in 1913, American abolitionist and leading conductor in the Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman died in Auburn, New York. An escaped slave herself, Tubman took great personal risks […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀🍺🍀🍺🍀🍺 Irish-Americans (and not so Irish Americans) across the country celebrate Irish heritage today with parades, corned beef and cabbage, and festive green attire. The holiday, […]

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President John Tyler birthday

  Today marks the birthday of the 10th president John Tyler. Did you know that Tyler was the first vice-president to take office after the death of a sitting president? […]

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Official end of the Civil War

On this day in 1865, the Civil War unofficially ended as General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. ⁠ ⁠ Did you […]