Lowell Mayor Jim Milinazzo and some members of the Host Committee welcome delegates to the 2011 Massachusetts State Democratic Convention to Lowell and the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Saturday June 4, 2011. It is the 5th time since 2000 that Democrats have gathered at the Tsongas!
Given the brouhaha caused by Sarah Palin’s recent account of the activities of Paul Revere on that famous night of April 18, 1775, I thought it might be helpful to post some information and some links from The Massachusetts Historical Society’s official blog site – The Beehive:
Paul Revere’s Ride
Series: From Our Collections , MHS in the News
By Elaine Grublin
A recent news story has resulted in renewed interest in Paul Revere’s famous ride to Lexington, Massachusetts on the night of 18 April 1775. Within our collections the MHS holds three accounts of the evening’s events, all written by Revere. Two of the accounts are a draft and fair copy of a deposition likely prepared for the Provisional Congress in 1775, shortly after the events occurred. The third document is a letter written by Revere to Jeremy Belknap, founder of the MHS, circa 1798, in which Revere offers a detailed description and some reflection on the evening’s events.
Paul Revere’s deposition, draft, circa 1775 – here
Paul Revere’s deposition, fair copy, circa 1775 - here
Letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, circa 1798 – here
In addition to the documents listed above the MHS holds a large collection of Revere family papers – spanning several generations – which is available to researchers in our reading room. A guide to the collection is available here.
Formerly the Union National Bank by Tony Sampas
On this day in history – June 6, 1944 – with the approval of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe – Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history began. Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and the forever famous Omaha – the beaches of Normandy. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy and were poised to continue their march across Europe.
The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).
Read an account of the D-Day invasion at the HistoryChannel.com here.
This is great raw video showing candidate for US Senator Alan Khazei speaking to a group in Lowell over the weekend.
Alan Khazei talks about his plan to defeat Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (R). Taken at the Tsongas Center, in Lowell, MA as part of the kickoff to the 2011 Massachusetts Democratic Party convention.
Here is the first campaign video I have seen on YouTube this year. It was posted by sidneyliang and supports the candidacy of Vesna Nuon for Lowell City Council. If you know of any other candidate videos let me know (in the comment section) and I’ll be happy to post them too.