Daily Challenge Friday Jun. 24, 2011
Connect to your community and learn one bit of trivia about your city or town.
How to do it
Type the name of where you live (city or town, state/province) and the word "history" into your Internet browser's search engine. Then take a step back in time and learn one bit of trivia about the place you live. When was it settled? Did it ever have another name? Who made it famous? (If you really want to re-live history, go to your library and ask a reference librarian for help with finding original documents!)
Why it matters
As people move from place to place, they shed attachments to communities. Knowing a bit about the history of your community will increase your bonds to it and help you feel more connected to your neighbors. It may even help you feel more civically engaged the next time you decide whether or not to take the time to vote on a referendum or attend a town meeting.
Entire countries sometimes decide to go by a new name. For example, Japan was once Nippon, Belize used to answer to the name of British Honduras, and Thailand used to be called Siam.
Spent about 40 minutes today down a Wikipedia rabbit hole about my home town in Maryland!
on the internet i typed in denver history and learned a lot about why denver is considered the "king of beers!"
It's easy....local library!!!!!
I learned something. It unfortunately was not a nice thing. I called and registered a complaint about it. My city officials don't have ANYTHING in place to be of service to the disabled citizens when they are in need of help. If you are disabled, but less than 60 or 65, you are S.O.L. I'm in my 50's, but I have been permanently disabled from the service since I was 19 years old, and nearly killed in the line of duty. Veterans like me are pretty much disregarded. I am utterly ashamed of my city's officials. And, I must say, I have no pleasure in having gone through what I did, and secured the freedoms of people who would just as soon spit on me as help me when I ask them.
Just had an "older" member of the community over to take family pics. He shared quite a bit of local history. I learned how our volunteer VFD came about.
My nephew just had a speech to do about the city so we were on line checking facts adn finding out things he could use....
I read it in the newspaper. They blew up a dead whale with dynamite when it got caught under the bridge. There was blubber everywhere. It was a mess. This happened before I moved here. The offiicial explanation for the incident is "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
And that happened in Florence, OR - the little seaside town I live in.
I learned that my town was on the Underground Railroad route.
Zenobia S. replied July 12, 2011 at 20:37 UTC:
i learned my little town holds 25000 res, wow, was founded by an irish immigrant in 1775, and he established an indian trading post here
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