November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving (Harvest Meal)

Posted in Holidays, Important Dates at 3:06 am by Kendal

th_thanksgiving-11Thanksgiving is very much an American Holiday,  The Holiday is unique because it does take place in November but its date changes year to year depending on the thursday of the month of November.  Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday that began with a harvest meal.

If you look at the history of Thanksgiving it is the adoption of our european newcomers into native culture.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.

Hoover Dam

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:54 am by Kendal

hooverdam1usdi Hoover Dam earns its place on the blog due to it being a collasal project at the dam’s creation.

Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.

Fun Facts about the Dam and other information.

November 21, 2008

Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted in Historical Sites tagged , , at 7:45 am by Kendal

th_robie1a Chicago, IL     Although constructed nearly a 100 years past, the house still stands for testament of modern design.  Frank Lloyd Wright brought a distinction to America design and the Robie House could be one of the most magnicifianct works created at the time.  Frank Lloyd worked exstensively with what is known as Praire design / Arts and Craft Style.  With clean lines and distinctive roof designs, Frank Lloyd has placed a mark on architecture and design for the rest to follow.

The Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building inspired an architectural revolution.