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Christ’s Mass – Nativity of Our Lord

Christ’s Mass – Nativity of Our Lord

CHRIST’S MASS CHRISTMAS (Christ’s Mass) is the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and is celebrated every year on December 25th. It is one of the great feasts of the Christian calendar, others being Easter, Pentecost, and the Epiphany. Undoubtedly, it is the greatest Christian festival of the year. But in early America, Christmas was not celebrated by the first settlers, the Pilgrims. From 1659 to 1681, Christmas festivities were outlawed in Boston and anyone caught with the Christmas spirit…

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Exploration of the New World After Columbus

Exploration of the New World After Columbus

AGE OF DISCOVERY IN THE NEW WORLD The European exploration for a more direct trade route to Asia led to the 1492 story of Christopher Columbus, who was recorded in history (letters and journal) as one of the initial explorers to reach the New World. After Columbus, exploration of the New World brought more European ships, more treasure hunters, more colonists, and new diseases. Technical advances in nautical development in the 1400s gave explorers better tools to navigate their ships for…

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1965 Mammoth Cave Expedition

1965 Mammoth Cave Expedition

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, 1965 In the summer of 1965, my family traveled to Kentucky for another camping vacation and the highlight of the trip was Mammoth Cave National Park. Since then, I visited three other caves, Niagara Falls State Park Cave of the Winds, Colorado Springs Cave of the Winds, and New York’s Howe Caverns, which was known as Mammoth Cave’s rival in 1855, but none of them left a mark on me quite as distinctive as Mammoth Cave. My adolescent amazement…

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