History

The Know-Nothings*

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  – George Santayana

Recently, I received an e-mail from a reader to a 2016 commentary (Fact-Checking a Reader) I wrote regarding candidate-Trump’s original statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of … Read More

Sculptor J. Brett Grill (left) talks with Joan O’Meara Winant as Dr. John Winant, Jr. and Representative Stephen Shurtleff look on after the unveiling of the John Gilbert Winant bronze statue in front of the State Library on Park Street on Friday, June 30, 2017.  … Read More

Have you ever tried handwriting the entire text of the U.S. Constitution?

“On Inauguration Day, [artist Morgan O’Hara] went to the [New York Public] library with a small suitcase of pens, a few Sharpies, papers and copies of the Constitution. I brought old notebooks, half-used … Read More

Make America Covfefe Again!

Whenever Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked to explain one of President Trump’s tweets, he responds, “The president’s tweet speaks for itself.”

When Spicer was asked what the president meant by “covfefe,” Spicer replied, “The president and a small group of people know … Read More

“My Life Must Stand for Something”

In a moving commentary in Monday’s (May 29), New York Times, Documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick reflect on their ten-year research detailed in an upcoming documentary, The Vietnam War.

“For more than a generation,” Burns and Novick write, “instead of forging a path … Read More

Reflecting on Kennedy

Today would have been the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy.

While he served less than three years as the nation’s 35th president, more books have been written about Kennedy – 62,000 – than any president in the last 152 years, (Lincoln comes in first … Read More

A Leader Not Forgotten

A few months ago I learned about the dedication of a statue of John Gilbert Winant from Concord resident and college professor Stephen Ambra.

“Who the heck is John Gilbert Winant?” I asked.

“He’s one of this country’s great unsung heroes of World War II,” … Read More