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Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany. On this date: In 1863, Federal batteries and […]

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Gulf Islands program shines light on history

Soldier re-enactors walked around dressed in attire they would have worn in the 1860s. Students who have spent the summer working with the Youth Conservation Corps spoke to the crowds that gathered around them about the history of the fort as the sun set behind them. Rain eventually did roll in, but it didn’t put […]

Candlelight Program

The Gulf Islands National Seashore Candlelight Program at Fort Pickens will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Park rangers, volunteers, and Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members will guide visitors through Fort Pickens with stops featuring unique stories. Visitors are encouraged to a flashlight. The program is free, but there is an entrance […]

History Sandwiched-In

Bring a sandwich and join the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida for History Sandwiched-In, a lunch-time lecture at noon. Mike Thomin with the Florida Public Archaeology Network will present “Pirates! The Last Scourge of the Gulf”, a kid-friendly free lecture. Lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Call 850-678-2615 to make […]

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

Downtown Milton among top concerns for Florida Trust

In 1877, William Keyser built a brick and mortar store along the shore of the Blackwater River in the heart of Milton. At the time Milton was a growing community, a mill town focused on the export of pine timber throughout the region and across the world. Keyser was leading the way in this growth […]

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre students’ end of year projects wow

West Navarre Intermediate School students in Janet Bryan’s and Jessica Teague’s classes closed out the school year with a hands-on project to wow their parents. Bryan’s class created Neon Navarre. This underwater –themed display glowed with black light paint turning the students’ classroom into a foreign looking nightscape. Read the full article in the June […]

County opens genealogy Library in Milton

County opens genealogy Library in Milton

The Santa Rosa Genealogy Library in Milton celebrated its grand opening Monday as visitors searched out answers to the age-old question “where do I come from?” The growth of the library’s genealogy materials was a lengthy process of donations said Genealogy Coordinator Margaret Chatraw. Read the full article in the May 11 issue of Navarre […]

History comes alive at black powder demonstrations

History comes alive at black powder demonstrations

Caleb Pascoe is at historic Fort Pickens taking practice shots with a black powder rifle in preparation for a demonstration later that morning. A family walks by while touring the fort on a sunny Saturday in April and asks Pascoe, dressed in the uniform Union soldiers wore during the Civil War, if it would be […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2017. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1742, “Messiah,” the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the “Hallelujah” chorus, had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. On this date: In 1613, Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2017. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President Woodrow Wilson. […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million (the rough equivalent of $125 million today), a deal […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1792, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (known as the “Surprise” symphony because of an unexpected crashing chord in the second movement) had its first public performance in […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2017. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. On this date: In A.D. 37, Roman emperor Tiberius died; […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 9, the 68th day of 2017. There are 297 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled in favor of a group of Africans captured by U.S. authorities after they had seized control of a […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded as it received a congressional charter. Congress passed, over President Andrew Johnson’s veto, the first […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage. On […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the moniker “Unconditional Surrender Grant.” […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight saving “Wartime” went into effect in the United States, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2017. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day festival. On this date: In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated. In 1848, […]

Black powder demonstrations set to return to Fort Pickens

Black powder demonstrations set to return to Fort Pickens

Any opportunity the national parks get to bring history to life is going to be taken advantage of, and at some point late this spring, black powder demonstrations will be booming again at Fort Pickens. It will be the first time in more than 20 years that demonstrations have occurred at the historic fort, which […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2017. There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to head to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On this date: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2017. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1977, on his last full day in office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making English-language radio broadcasts from Japan aimed at […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2017. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Russian ambassador, caused a stir by requesting and smoking a cigarette — it […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2017. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in what became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine. On this date: In 1781, a British […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2016. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On this date: In 1775, Esek Hopkins was appointed the commander in […]

Navarre High School NJROTC commemorates anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Navarre High School NJROTC commemorates anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On a cool, sun-splashed Wednesday morning, with miniature American flags blowing in the light breeze on the lawn in front of Navarre High School, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC commanding officer Arianna Clemente-Hunter spoke during a ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2016. There are 16 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, went into effect following ratification by Virginia. On this date: In 1814, the “Hartford Convention” began as […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2016. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1765, Eli Whitney, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2016. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 1, 1941, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note. British-born journalist and broadcaster […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2016. There are 37 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1941, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. California, unanimously struck down a California law prohibiting people from bringing indigent non-residents into the state. On this […]

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