Winter – Spring 2021
War changes societies, and few wars changed the world as much as World War II. With fronts in both Europe and the Pacific, America supported the Allied nations in an attempt to end the totalitarian regimes in both Germany and Italy, as they joined with the Japanese Empire to envelope the world dictatorial control. In 1945, war on both fronts came to an end with the Allies as the victors. Come see the paths that led the world to its last great war as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of its end.
PPL – 100 Years
Spring – Summer 2021
We are proud to join with PPL in their celebration of a century of serving the community. Come join us in the summer of 2021 as we showcase PPL. Our exhibit will highlight where they’ve been. Who they are today. And what they aspire to become as the future unfolds. This spring and summer join us in this celebration of 100 years of PPL lighting up our neighborhoods!
This Week in History
April 5, 1856: African-American educator ad civil rights activist Booker T. Washington was born a slave in Virginia. After the Civil war, he taught himself to read, and eventually graduated from an agricultural college. In 1881, he became the principal of a new training school for black students, which, under his leadership, became the renowned Tuskegee University.
April 6, 1917: Following a nearly unanimous vote of approval by Congress, the U.S. declared war on Germany and entered World War I.
April 6, 1941: Germany invaded Yugoslavia and Greece.
April 7, 1933: The first two Anti-Jewish laws went into effect in Germany, barring Jews from legal and public service.
April 7, 1948: The World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.
April 8, 1913: The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. This Amendment required the statewide popular election of U.S. Senators. Previously, senators were chosen by their state legislatures.
April 9, 1865: After four years and over half a million deaths, the American Civil War officially ended with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
April 9, 1866: Congress overrode President Andrew Johnson’s veto and passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866. This Bill officially granted all African Americans U.S. citizenship.
April 9, 1940: Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.
April 10, 1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded.
April 10, 1969: Congress increased the number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9.
April 11, 1945: U.S. Forces arrived to liberate Buchenwald, a major Nazi concentration camp, to discover that the remaining prisoners had overpowered the guards earlier that day and were in charge of the camp.
April 11, 1968: Exactly one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, was signed into law. The law prohibited discrimination in housing and employment practices, and expanded the rights of Native Americans.