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The first Republican President’s speech: the Gettysburg Address

On this day, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address to a deeply divided country.  It wasn’t a long speech – 278 words, total – but it continues to be one of the most enduring. Not once does the President use “I” or a teleprompter.  He doesn’t come to divide the country based on the …

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June 30, 1864 – Yosemite Grant

  On this day in 1864 President Lincoln signed a bill drafted by both houses of the 38th Congress of the United States officially creating the Yosemite Grant.  While Yellowstone ultimately became the first National Park, this was the first instance of park land being set aside for preservation and public use by the federal government. …

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Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary Logo Unveiled in Yosemite National Park

In 2014 it will have been 150 years since Galen Clark and Senator John Conness worked with the General Land office and the Interior Department to draft a bill to protect the Yosemite valley. The bill passed both houses of the 38th Congress of the United States and was signed on June 30th, 1864, officially …

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