Hey, everyone. It’s Holly! Tom and I’s last fall semester is winding down and winter break is slowly creeping its way closer. I really hope that we’ve entertained you with our blog posts and it has really been a privilege to write for all of you. I am in love with history and I’m so very glad to have been able to share that interest with everyone. This winter break, I’ll be back home in California, catching up on my mile-long reading list and preparing for my exciting final undergrad semester.
I leave you with three of my favorite museums I’ve ever visited!
3. Gettysburg National Military Park
A pilgrimage for any Civil War history buff, this amazing and newly refurbished museum is jam-packed with artifacts recovered from the battlegrounds, military uniforms, and the pen that Lee used to make his surrender. A good mix of glass-case history and interactive learning, this facility really gets you thinking about the sacrifices made on that battlefield on both sides of the war.
Signer’s Hall at the Constitution Center is the perfect place to contemplate life, the universe, and everything.
2. National Constitution Center
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pa. this place has everything. Theater, films, and “choose-your-own-destiny” games fill the circular hallways of this constitutional history museum. Monitors take you through the history of our government, even the negatives. Not only that, but you can walk around a room filled with statues of the constitution-signers. Fun pictures galore!
December 5, 2013 at 10:36 am
To all my lovely readers out there – it’s been a blast. Together we’ve created pixelated
Photo courtesy of Megan Patzem.
artwork and DIY Snow globes. We’ve met an incredible artist, analyzed a few documentaries, played a couple indie games and even explored the newest innovations of the Phoenix art world.
If you’ve held on until the end, I’d like to take the time to say thank you. Thank you for reading all I’ve written, for taking the time out of your day to take in both my educated opinions and otherwise silly drivel. I hope you enjoyed my posts and were thoroughly entertained with my stories and ideas.
December 5, 2013 at 10:11 am
In case you didn’t already know, the last week of classes has arrived. Let the dance parties and cheering commence!
Or maybe we should wait until after finals.
While I finish up the last of my essays, and squeeze in the last bit of studying for exams, I can’t help but get excited about the things I have the opportunity to do over winter break.
December 5, 2013 at 10:06 am
With Thanksgiving being later than usual and Downtown Phoenix boasting more holiday decorations than ever this year, I instantly got into the holiday spirit the minute December 1 hit. I started decorating my dorm and even helped decorate at some of my friends’ houses.
Unfortunately, one of my fatal, annual procrastinations is always putting off holiday shopping to the last minute. I wanted to get a jump-start this year, since I’m not receiving any financial help from my parents. But at least, when it comes to family and good friends, people love to get creative, homemade gifts.
December 3, 2013 at 10:04 am
Hey, everyone, it’s Holly! If you’re a senior (or even a junior) it’s about that time of year to start looking at graduate schools and send in applications. And what a time it is. Tom and I have been working on our own grad applications and it’s been a doozy. Here are a few tips to get you through the process:
1. Get organized. Don’t want to cry over everything you have to do? Make a list. While you’re at it, make three. One for your deadlines and due dates, one for the application requirements of each college, and one for things you’ve already got done. That last one is only there to make you feel better.
2. Letters of Recommendations (and how to ask your professors for a favor). This was the most nerve-wracking part of the entire experience. However, don’t stress. Most schools have a minimum of three letters of recommendations, so think about four professors (or even bosses or managers) that can speak for your academic or work experiences. Don’t ask TA’s or coworkers. The second obstacle is the asking. Make an appointment during their office hours (they’ll love that) and just get right to the point. Let them know what schools you’re applying to and what you’re going to study. The conversation will go on from there. Just make sure you’ve researched the schools and their programs well.
December 3, 2013 at 9:41 am
Growing up, I went to middle school and high school in the North/Central Phoenix area and I’ve come to know the ins and outs of the places along Central Avenue. I used to walk down that road with my best friend, before the light rail was constructed and before Dutch Bros. Coffee became a staple.
If you go up Central Ave. to Camelback Road, and follow it west for about a quarter of a mile, you’ll see a huge, rustic, brown sign that reads “Beef Eaters.” Before shutting down in 2006, it was open for parties and general delicious food experiences.
The building has been sitting vacant for years, a kind reminder of what North Phoenix used to be.
December 3, 2013 at 9:28 am
Incase you missed it last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The actual battle of Gettysburg took place in July of 1863 and was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. In November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln visited the small town in Pennsylvania for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. He would make a short speech that was secondary to other arrangements on that day, but it was Lincoln’s words that were never forgotten.
Can you name 10 great speeches in history? Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is certainly on there (well if you are American it certainly is), but why do we all revere this as one of the greatest pieces of rhetoric in history? Well it had certain elements that allow a legacy to unfold.
First of all, Lincoln won the war. Abraham Lincoln’s image as a person and president let alone an orator would be
Here is the Gettysburg Address. Photo Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
drastically different if he lost the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as a person and a successful president has an impact on how important that speech actually was.
Lincoln’s speech also had great style. The words flow great together and it is quite easy to see the talent and beauty in the written words. While we cannot hear the words coming from Lincoln’s mouth we can all imagine how well it sounded on that day in the chilly November air.
The speech had great essence. There was body and substance to his speech, even if it was only a couple minutes long. Lincoln makes the founding of the United States and the changing of the United States relevant to the Civil War without ever mentioning Gettysburg, the Union, or the South. He changed the meaning of the war and our country. The war was no longer just to preserve the Union or about state rights, but to uphold it’s greatest promises of freedom and a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Impact. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address had a great impact on history. Four score and seven years ago…” is all anyone needs to hear to be reminded of one of the greatest speeches in American history. The only opening line that has had a greater impact and legacy are those of Martin Luther King 100 years later. The Gettysburg Address got better with time. The words of that day continue to remind a country about its principles as a nation and the importance of equality and the great cost of upholding those values. It was the beginning of a great struggle for equality that would last well into the next century.
November 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm
As far as Black Friday sales go, waiting in line, shoving through crowds, and fearing getting trampled by fellow shoppers just isn’t quite my cup of tea. The day after gorging myself on turkey, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, I really just want to delve into that Tryptophan-induced coma, sleep in and maybe munch on a left-over, turkey-croissant sandwich.
When I found out about CityScape’s Alternative Black Friday last year, I was a little skeptic. The shopping center still boasted Black Friday sales for its few retail vendors (Urban Outfitter, Lawless Denim, Charming Charlie, etc.), so I was a bit worried about running into some intense pre-holiday shoppers. To my delight, what I found was the exact opposite.
November 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm
Friday night was tough for basketball fans.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered another major knee injury, and it looks as if he’ll miss the rest of the season for the second time in as many years after playing only 10 games this season.
November 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm