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Seoul beats Jackie Robinson West, wins Little League World Series
Jackie Robinson West, representing the Great Lakes region, was aiming to become the first Little League World Series winner from Illinois. They were held to just two hits — one each by D.J. Butler and Ed Howard — by Seoul pitchers Jae Yeong Hwang and …
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Suge Knight Among 3 Injured in West Hollywood Nightclub Shooting
Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was among three people who were shot and wounded at a West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, authorities said. Three people were shot and wounded, including Suge Knight, at a West Hollywood nightclub on Aug.
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Ebook sales: Amazon tells Hachette to give authors more, charge readers less

Ebook sales: Amazon tells Hachette to give authors more, charge readers less
Amazon has accused the publisher of JK Rowling and Ian Rankin of handing "too small a portion" of the revenue from ebooks to authors as it retaliated in a dispute that has pushed the fraught relationship between book firms and the world's largest …
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now
Another argument against shelling out for Kindle Unlimited comes from Amazon itself: If you own a Kindle device and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you already get one e-book loan a month as part of the service. The subscription companies say their services …
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Working on My Novel – the art of literary procrastination

Working on My Novel – the art of literary procrastination
Working on My Novel – the art of literary procrastination. Artist Cory Arcangel has been trawling social media, looking for writers who are posting messages about their day-to-day lives when they should be slaving over their word processors. Now, he is …
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Haley Museum in Henning designated Literary Landmark
HENNING (AP) – The Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning has been designated a Literary Landmark. The designation was made by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. To celebrate the honor, the museum is …
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'The Hundred-Year House' Is Passionate And Riveting Literary Mystery
Rebecca Makkai's second novel The Hundred-Year House is a book of intellect and mystery that fuses together the genres of thriller and literary fiction with profundity and grace. Told in reverse chronological order, Makkai takes readers on a journey …
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Freebie Friday: Free stuff to do around town this weekend
Open Mike Comedy Night: 8:30 p.m. Mondays, The Other Bar, 18 Wall St., Orlando, free, 407-843-8595. Stand-up Comedy: comedy … MOUNT DORA VILLAGE MARKET: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays; Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 S. Donnelly St., Mount Dora; 352-735-1191. OCOEE …
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Community Calendar for July 25
All proceeds go to Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp. • Event: School Supply Drive, 5-8 p.m., July 25, Petal Walmart and Dirt Cheap at University Mall and 2-5 p.m., July 26, Dirt Cheap at University Mall. Sponsored by the Hattiesburg Jaycees. Supplies donated …
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Showers Grace Austin Thursday Morning
Tweet us your #SummerSelfies or post them on our Facebook wall. A weak disturbance prompted some rainfall to move into Central Texas Wednesday morning, at times, causing brief, heavy downpours. Light showers popped up on the radar as early as 5:45 …
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Civil War Damage Claims: 1864 Burning of Chambersburg Claim Certificates on Display & Auctioned at July 19 Burning of Chambersburg


Chambersburg, PA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014

On July 30,1864, General John McCausland, as ordered by General Jubal Early, levied a tribute against Chambersburg, demanding $ 100,000 in gold or $ 500,000 in Yankee dollars. The consequence of not paying the demand was the firing of the town. Chambersburg residents could not pay the demand, and Chambersburg burned, becoming the only northern town burned during the Civil War.

The loss in real estate was $ 713,294.34; personal property, $ 915,137.24 and totaled $ 1,628,431.58. About $ 500,000 was paid by State appropriation, under an act of the Legislature of February 15, 1866. A second act of the Legislature of May 27, 1871 awarded each claimant a certificate for the remaining balance on losses, but these certificates were not payable until claims were paid by the United States Government. About 650 claimants received certificates.

In 1978, efforts to collect on the certificates resurfaced, when Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp wrote to President Jimmy Carter on behalf of descendants of the claimants to request the federal government make restitution. In the letter, Governor Shapp said, “Records contain no evidence indicating that the certificate was paid. We are further advised by our auditor general that there are no funds currently held by the Commonwealth to pay this claim….I respectfully make demand upon the federal government to pay this claim.” To date, the federal government has paid none of the claims.

On July 19, as part of the 150th Commemoration of the Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg–several claim certificates are being exhibited at Courthouse Plaza and some will be auctioned by Gateway Gallery Auction as part of the evening’s activities. Samuel W. Crawford’s claim certificate will be available for viewing. Crawford, born in Fayetteville, was an assistant surgeon at Fort Sumter and served as a brigadier general in the Eastern Theatre, leading the Pennsylvania Reserves at the Battle of Gettysburg. Among the claims available for auction include: Isaac Allison, John M. Brown, Rev. P.S. Davis, Joseph Deckelmyer, Eli Gates, Dr. J. Montgomery Gelwicks, Sophia Hershberger, Carrie Hetrick, and George Ludwig. A mini biography of each of these Chambersburg residents can be found in “The Franklin County Civil War Damage Claims: Chambersburg Burns, Volume 1,” produced by the Franklin County Historical Society. A copy will accompany each auctioned certificate. Additional copies may be purchased at the Franklin Historical Society’s booth at the events leading up to the 9:00 PM burning.

More information about 1864: The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg is available at DoDineStayFranklinCountyPA.com/burning or by calling the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau works to build awareness of the historic, cultural, recreational, and artistic value of Franklin County and its hospitality industry. 1864: The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth of Chambersburg is one of its initiatives. For more information on Franklin County’s “do, dine & stay”, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com.







Mediocre Yankees and Mets just part of MLB's offensively challenged, endless

Mediocre Yankees and Mets just part of MLB's offensively challenged, endless
That would be the Graig Nettles who spent 11 seasons as a Yankee (as opposed to seven for recently plaqued Tino Martinez) and was a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, defensive hero in the Yankees' victorious 1978 World Series against the …
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Pigeons to perform at Yankee Doodle Pops
Last year at the pops concert, the homing pigeons — which can find their way home from miles away — took a lap around the Capitol's gold dome and headed northwest for home about six miles away in Johnston. Their cue to take flight was scripted to the …
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Pro Image Bowling Camp ends with some surprises
There is no coach who would give a bowler an hour for that price, much less 4 Gold Level coaches in addition to PBA champions and Silver Level coaches. So what does it take to run a three-day camp? Where does that fee go? It couldn't be all that …
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Ebooks And The Long Tail: It's Still All About Blockbusters

Ebooks And The Long Tail: It's Still All About Blockbusters
One of the many promises of digital distribution is that everything can be found, nothing goes out of stock and, therefore, the so-called “Long Tail” can grow, thrive and become a meaningful business for content creators and distributors. In books, it …
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Apple Reaches Settlement on E-Books Suit
The plaintiffs had been seeking $ 840 million from Apple, claiming that the company overcharged consumers by $ 280 million for e-books and that it should have to pay three times that amount. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. The settlement is …
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Will The New Amazon Fire Phone Move The Needle On Ebooks?
Samsung had plans to launch an ebook business but quickly abandoned them after less than a year. And Apple is one of Kindle's main competitors with iBooks, but Amazon's ebook business is much larger and, unlike iBooks, Kindle is far more central to …
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Latest Ebook News

Army Releases New Children's eBook
(JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, TX) In celebration of the Army's 239th birthday, the Army announced today the release of the first children's electronic book titled, “Happy Birthday U.S. Army!” which is now available through the Army Library information …
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Ebooks on course to outsell printed editions in UK by 2018
The ebook will overtake the paperback and hardback as Britons' preferred format for reading their favourite novels by 2018, according to a report. The UK consumer ebook market – which excludes professional and educational books – is forecast to almost …
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Skepticism Remains Despite Strides for Ebook Subscription Services
While ebook subscription services have made significant inroads in recent months, their place in the digital publishing landscape remains an open question. For panelists arguing in a Digital Book World debate today on the services' impact on publishers …
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Cheap Soccer Tickets: Mexico vs. Ecuador, Portugal vs. Mexico, England vs. Honduras, Portugal vs. Ireland, USA vs. Nigeria, USA vs. Turkey & More On Sale at TicketDown


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 13, 2014

Ticket Down is a reliable source for cheap soccer tickets for all upcoming games in North America during 2014 which feature International teams. In the build up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, most national soccer teams are playing international friendly matchups around the world. These games help these teams prepare their strategy, determine their roster and their starting lineup. The upcoming friendly matches are being held in large cities throughout North America which means soccer fans have a great selection of games to attend.

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5/21/14

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The 5th Annual World Science Festival: Premiere U.S. Science Event Announces 2012 Programming Line-Up


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 14, 2012

The 2012 World Science Festival (http://www.worldsciencefestival.com) today announced an impressive line-up of cutting-edge science programs for its fifth anniversary season, May 30th to June 3rd, 2012 with more than 50 events designed to make the esoteric understandable and the familiar fascinating.

The Festival brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds along with renowned artists and influential thinkers to illuminate science in novel and exciting ways, breaking down barriers and connecting leading scientists to a broader public.

The five-day festival celebrates science through a wide range of original programming including discourse and debate, the arts, exhibitions, and free events designed for young scientists and their families.

Since its inception, the annual Festival has welcomed more than 600,000 people to 200 programs in locations throughout New York City. It is the nation’s most anticipated science event and allows everyone – kids and adults, novice and enthusiast – to experience science in unique and thrilling ways. Highlights of the 2012 Festival include:

•The stunning, full orchestral work with animated film and narrator, Icarus at the Edge of Time, which opens the Festival on May 30th at the United Palace Theatre.

•Two daylong, free admittance, family-friendly immersive events for budding scientists: “Science-On-Site: Explorations in Brooklyn Bridge Park” on June 2nd which culminates with an evening of stargazing, and “The Ultimate Science Street Fair” in Washington Square Park on June 3rd – a jam packed, wall-to-wall science extravaganza.

•“Innovation Square,” a new Festival initiative that creates a daylong tech fest in downtown Brooklyn, celebrates innovation by transforming NYU Poly’s MetroTech outdoor quad into a technophile’s playground, teeming with innovations from all over the world.

The World Science Festival was co-founded in 2008 by Brian Greene, Columbia University professor of physics and mathematics and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality, and Tracy Day, Emmy Award-winning journalist and television producer.

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

2012 World Science Festival public events are outlined below, in chronological order. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com . The site offers complete information about the Festival’s program schedule and sign-up for email alerts about new programs, special guests and programming updates.

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

2012 World Science Festival Opening Night Gala Celebration

7:30 p.m., The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Details of the 2012 Opening Night Gala Celebration will be announced separately.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Icarus at the Edge of Time

7:00 – 8:00 PM, United Palace Theatre; Ticketed

“Icarus at the Edge of Time” is the story of a courageous boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole. This stunning, full-orchestral work with animated film and live narrator brings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding. Featuring an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Brad Lubman, film by Al + Al and narration written by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang.

Participants: Al + Al (Artists), Philip Glass (Composer), Brian Greene (Physicist, Columbia University), David Henry Hwang (Playwright) with Brad Lubman (Conductor) and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

The 2012 Kavli Prizes

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM; NYU Global Center, Grand Hall; By Invitation Only

Winners of the 2012 prestigious $ 1 million Kavli Prizes will be announced live via satellite from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo. On-site opening remarks will be given by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, followed by ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas and leading researchers exploring the next wave of opportunities in the Kavli prize areas: Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience.

Participants: John Holdren (White House Office of Science and Technology), Angela Belcher (MIT), Thomas Jessell (Columbia University), Claire Max (University of California Santa Cruz). Moderator: Elizabeth Vargas (ABC News).

Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology and Archaeology

Thu., May 31, 2012

Session One: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM; Session Two: 7:30 PM – 9:00 pm; La Scuola Grande & La Birreria at Eataly; Ticketed

Brewing beer might well be humankind’s first biotechnology, representing our first attempt to harness the power of living organisms. Dating back as early as 9000 BC, the craft galvanized the cultivation of barley and wheat, transformed hunter-gatherers into farmers and fueled the building of monumental structures, such as the pyramids, whose workers received five liters of beer per day as compensation. What did those ancient brews taste like? How were they made? Advanced scientific tools and new archaeological finds offer up tantalizing clues—and tasty results. Join biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern and pioneering brewmaster Sam Calagione as they explore ancient ales from around the world and retrace their journey to Italy to reconstruct an Etruscan fermented beverage circa 800 to 700 BC. This rare brew features an exotic combination of ingredients: hazelnuts, pomegranates, grapes, wild flower honey, frankincense, barley, wheat, and even a few hops. Following the talk and tasting, head up to Eataly’s rooftop brewery, La Birreria, to sample a first-run batch of this prehistoric ale before fermentation. It’s a sensational evening of artisanal snacks, Dogfish Head Ancient Ales and fascinating science.

Participants: Sam Calagione (Brewer), Patrick E. McGovern (Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum).

Artist as Innovator: Visions of a Floating Metropolis

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium; Ticketed

Great artists shape new realities by challenging conventional worldviews and pushing society to see possibility in unlikely places. That idea springs to life on top of the Metropolitan Art Museum, where Argentinian-born artist Tomás Saraceno debuts his new utopian installation, Cloud Cities, a towering constellation of interconnected pods that draws its inspiration from the geometry of bubbles, the flight of balloons, the patterns of the cosmos and the intricacies of spider webs. Navigate your way through the structure’s maze of mirrors and webs before joining the artist and renowned scientists and architects for a conversation that brings the intersection of science and art to the foreground, and explores radical new habitats for 21st-century living.

Participants: Tomás Saraceno (Artist), Peter Jäger (Arachnologist), Mario Livio (Astrophysicist), Chris McKay (NASA) and Mark Wigley (Architect).

Reefs As Never Before Seen: A World Premiere “Coral: ReKindling Venus”

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM; American Museum of Natural History – Hayden Planetarium; Ticketed

The stunning underwater realm of fluorescent coral reefs and exotic sea creatures will overwhelm your senses, as the Hayden Planetarium’s dome is transformed by the renowned video installation artist Lynette Wallworth into an immersive view of ocean life few have ever witnessed. Join us for the World Premiere of Wallworth’s remarkable film, “Coral: ReKindling Venus.” Leading researchers set the stage by sharing insights on the vital science of coral reefs, in a phenomenal evening of art and science – and cocktails.

Participants: Lynette Wallworth (Multimedia Artist), Anya Salih (University of Western Sydney), Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History).

Moderator: Bill Ritter (ABC News).

Too Close to the Sun: Stories of Flash Points

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM; The Great Hall of The Cooper Union; Ticketed

Presented with New York’s innovative storytelling collective, The Moth, esteemed scientists, writers and artists tell on-stage stories about their personal relationship with science. In keeping with Moth tradition, each story must be true and told within ten minutes, without notes. The result is a poignant, hilarious, and enjoyably unpredictable evening that’s sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget.

Participants: Paul Davies (Arizona State University), Siddhartha Mukherjee (Columbia University) and others.

Moderator: Andy Borowitz (Comedian, Actor, Writer).

The Creator: Alan Turing and the Future of Thinking Machines

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Museum of the Moving Image; Ticketed

Join us for the World Premiere of “The Creator,” a beautiful and surreal short-form film by award-winning British artists and filmmakers Al+Al, which follows sentient computers from the future on a mystical odyssey to discover their creator: legendary computer scientist Alan Turing. Marking the centenary of Turing’s birth, “The Creator” will launch a wide-ranging conversation among leading computer scientists and physicists about the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, as we take a personal look at the remarkable and tragic life of this computer visionary.

Participants: Al + Al (Artists), Janna Levin (Physicist) and others.

Moderator: Tim McHenry (Rubin Museum of Art)

How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; Tishman Auditorium at The New School; Ticketed

Car accidents. Suicide bombers. Earthquakes. Death of a spouse. Why do some people bounce back from traumatic events while others do not? Is there a biological profile of resiliency? Can science, with the jab of a needle or huff of an aerosol, help reduce post-stress trauma? Can, and should, we train people to be more resilient? Leading thinkers from around the world explore these and other questions about the science of human resiliency.

Participants: George Bonanno (Columbia University), Dennis Charney (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Fran Norris (Dartmouth Medical School) and Matthieu Ricard (Buddhist Monk).

Moderator: David Brooks (Journalist).

Afterglow: Dispatches from the Birth of the Universe

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; NYU Skirball Center; Ticketed

Cosmology is the one field in which researchers can—literally—witness the past. The cosmic background radiation, ancient light streaming toward us since the Big Bang, provides a pristine window onto the birth and evolution of the universe. Join a group of pioneering physicists and astronomers as they peer back to a fraction of a second after the beginning in search of our cosmic origin.

Participants: John C. Mather (Nobel Laureate, Physicist), Amber Miller (Columbia University), Lyman Page (Princeton University) and David Spergel (Princeton University).

Moderator: Lawrence Krauss (Arizona State University).

Madness Redefined: Creativity, Intelligence and the Dark Side of the Mind

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; Ticketed

The notion of a “tortured genius” or “mad scientist” may be more than a romantic aberration. Mounting studies have established that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia correlate with high creativity and intelligence. Join leading researchers as they examine the shifting spectrum between brilliance and madness.

Participants: James Fallon (University of California Irvine, School of Medicine), Kay Redfield Jamison ( Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Susan McKeown (Singer, Songwriter) and Elyn Saks (University of Southern California, Gould School of Law).

Moderator: Cynthia McFadden (ABC News).

Surface Tension: The Future of Water

Exhibition: May 30th to August 11th (Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM); Eyebeam Art + Technology Center; Free Admittance

The U.S. Premiere of “Surface Tension: The Future of Water,” the exhibition rethinks the most fundamental resource on Earth – water – through the lens of art, design and science. The interactive exhibit showcases more than 40 different works underscoring the urgency of the looming water crisis: 1.2 billion people lack access to clean water, and increasing shortages threaten food production, public health and political stability.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

Pioneers in Science: Featuring Elaine Fuchs

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room; By Invitation Only

Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. This event features visionary geneticist Elaine Fuchs, whose work has pioneered entirely new ways of understanding human disease.

Participant: Elaine Fuchs (Rockefeller University)

Moderator: Juju Chang (ABC News).

Pioneers in Science: Featuring Lisa P. Jackson

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM; NYU Global Center, President’s Colloquium Room; By Invitation Only

Pioneers in Science is an interactive program that gives high school students from around the world rare and intimate access to Nobel Laureates, presidential advisors, and other trailblazing scientists. This event features renowned chemical engineer Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Participant: Lisa P. Jackson (Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency)

Moderator: Juju Chang (ABC News).

Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM; Museum of the Moving Image; Ticketed

Join us for a screening of “Robot and Frank,” winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation feature film prize at Sundance. This dramatic comedy, about a curmudgeonly old jewel thief whose robot caretaker becomes an unlikely partner-in-crime and soulmate, will inspire a follow-up discussion among pioneering roboticists, exploring the future of computerized companions and caretakers as technology profoundly alters the landscape—and very definition—of human interaction.

Participants: Maja Matarić (University of Southern California), Dennis Hong (Virginia Tech) and others.

The Elusive Neutrino and the Nature of the Cosmos

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM; Tishman Auditorium at The New School; Ticketed

The neutrino is among the cagiest of particles, a subatomic wisp so ephemeral it could pass through light years of lead with more ease than a hot knife through butter. This ghostly particle holds clues to some of the most profound questions in physics: What happened in the briefest moments after the Big Bang? Why does the universe contain more matter than antimatter? What happens in the fiery core of exploding stars and in the tumultuous center of active galaxies? Join leading researchers as they chase neutrinos and other elusive particles in search of nature’s fundamental order.

Participants: Janet Conrad (MIT), Francis Halzen (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Lawrence Krauss (Arizona State University).

Moderator: Bill Weir (ABC News).

Quantum Biology and the Hidden Nature of Nature

8:00 PM; The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; Ticketed

Can the spooky world of quantum physics explain bird navigation, photosynthesis and even our delicate sense of smell? Clues are mounting that the rules governing the subatomic realm may play an unexpectedly pivotal role in the visible world. Join leading thinkers in the emerging field of quantum biology as they explore the hidden hand of quantum physics on the scales of everyday life.

Participants: Paul Davies (Arizona State University), Seth Lloyd (MIT) and others.

Moderator: John Hockenberry (Journalist).

Reawakening the Brain Through Music

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; NYU Skirball Center; Ticketed

A composer finds freedom from Tourette’s through music; an amnesiac remembers distant memories when he hears the Grateful Dead; a patient with Parkinson’s listens to her favorite tunes and regains the ability to walk without tremors. What is it about music that can transport us to the past, reawaken distant emotions, and even heal some neurological disorders? Join renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and pioneering music therapists as they use intimate portraits of patients profoundly transformed by music to explore the neural mechanisms behind music’s healing powers, and discuss possible implications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, aphasia and other neurological impairments.

Participants: Oliver Sacks (Neurologist, Author), Petr Janata (Cognitive Neuroscientist), Concetta Tomaino (Institute for Music and Neurologic Function) and others.

Hedy and George: Improbable Collaborators, Classic Inventors

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Le Poisson Rouge; Ticketed

Join us for an evening of intimate conversation and musical performance as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes and some of the most forward-thinking composers of our age, explore the extraordinary lives and legacies of two unconventional innovators: the legendary screen siren Hedy Lamarr and renowned avant-garde composer George Antheil. In a remarkable and unlikely union, Lamarr, known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world,’ and Antheil, the self-described ‘bad boy of music,’ joined forces during World War II to invent a secret communication system that presaged today’s GPS, cell phone and Bluetooth technologies. Today, George Antheil is revered as a pioneer of electronic music. Some of his compositions were so far ahead of their time that the technology to bring them to life only materialized decades after his death. The conversation on innovation, science and music will be amplified by a series of performances of Antheil’s seminal scores and explorations of today’s most avant-garde electronica.

Participants: Carmelo Amarena (Engineer), Richard Rhodes (Author), Philip Glass (Composer), Tyondai Braxton (Composer, Performer) . Featuring musical performances by: Kathleen Supové (Pianist) and Jennifer Choi (Violinist).

Moderator: John Schaefer (WNYC, Host of “Soundcheck”).

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012

Science-on-Site: Explorations in Brooklyn Bridge Park

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Free Admittance

Science comes to life along the historic East River! Join adventurous researchers for a day of family-friendly exploration in one of the city’s most dynamic parks. Discover incredible marine life through an ancient fishing technique, join a leading botanist for a park-wide botanical safari, learn the science secrets of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and more. Capping it all off is an unforgettable evening of stargazing at “From the City to the Stars” (8:00 PM to 11:00 PM).

Science Sets Sail Aboard the Tall Ship Clearwater

Sat., June 2, 2012

First Sail: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Second Sail: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Ticketed

Join the World Science Festival and Clearwater educators in raising the sails on the sloop Clearwater, a replica of the 18th-century Dutch tall ships that once traveled the region delivering mail and supplies. Set your course using charts and compasses, and explore the waters of New York City as a citizen scientist. Identify an amazing variety of fish and invertebrates; test for pollution levels; and learn about the pressing environmental issues impacting these historic waterways. All aboard!

Innovation Square

12:00 PM – 7:00 PM; NYU Polytechnic Institute, MetroTech Plaza; Free Admittance

The 2012 World Science Festival’s “Innovation Square” transforms a picturesque quad in downtown Brooklyn into a technophile’s adventureland, teeming with future-shaping innovations from all over the world. Watch the first public demonstration of quantum levitation; climb walls with superhero-worthy gecko gloves; play with the world’s lightest material. It’s an unforgettable afternoon of amazing demos, challenges, and interactive fun, suitable for tech enthusiasts of all ages.

Internet Everywhere: The Future of History’s Most Disruptive Technology

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM; NYU Skirball Center; Ticketed

Disruptive technologies uproot culture, can precipitate wars and even topple empires. By this measure, human history has seen nothing like the Internet. Pioneers of the digital revolution examine the Internet’s brief but explosive history and reveal nascent projects that will shortly reinvent how we interact with technology—and each other. From social upheaval and ever-shifting privacy standards to self-driving cars and networked groceries, this eye-opening program provides a stunning glimpse of what’s around the corner.

Participants: Vinton Cerf (Computer Scientist, Google), Neil Gershenfeld (MIT) and Alex Wright (Director of User Experience, The New York Times).

Cool Jobs, Cool Kids, Hot Contest

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM; The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; Ticketed

This spectacular double feature shows science in a whole new light: pure, imaginative, mind-bending fun! The big event heats up as Alan Alda hosts “The Flame Challenge,” a contest that calls on scientists worldwide to give their best explanation of how a flame works–but in a way that makes sense to a kid. The excitement continues with the Festival’s ever-popular “Cool Jobs,” a jaw-dropping show that brings you face-to-face with amazing scientist with amazing jobs. Imagine having an office that’s a zoo and co-workers that are lemurs and porcupines. How about getting paid to build machines that can read people’s thoughts? Or imagine your desk was a basketball court and your clients were superstars trying to improve their game through biomechanics? Well, you don’t have to just imagine. Hear from scientists who have these jobs–find out what they do, how they do it, and how they got the coolest and weirdest gigs on the planet.

Participants: Adam Wilson (University of Cincinnati), Cynthia Bir (Wayne State University), Peter Lovatt (University of Hertfordshire) and Jarod Miller (Binghamton Zoo).

“The Flame Challenge” hosted by Alan Alda (Actor, Author, Director).

“Cool Jobs, Cool Kids” hosted by Baba Brinkman (Creator of “The Rap Guide to Evolution.”).

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Special Address by Edward O. Wilson

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; NYU Global Center, Grand Hall; Ticketed

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” wrote Isaac Newton. In a special series, the World Science Festival invites audiences to stand on the shoulders of modern-day giants. The second annual address in this series will be given by esteemed evolutionary biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, who will speak about radical advances in the study of human social behavior and evolutionary biology.

Participant: Edward O. Wilson (Biologist)

Pandemic Fix: Seeking Universal Vaccines

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM; New-York Historical Society, Smith Auditorium; Ticketed

Imagine beating every strain of flu with a single jab or wiping out your risk of some lethal cancers, HIV, and malaria during a routine doctor’s visit. That’s the promise of next-generation vaccines, and researchers are closing in on the basic science needed to bring them to reality. Join epidemiologists, virologists, and public-health experts as they share insights on the new wave of vaccine research, and the race to eliminate pandemic threats. Setting the stage for the discussion is a screening of “Contagion,” Steven Soderbergh’s chilling thriller about a deadly flu outbreak and the global race to contain it.

Participants: Jean Ashton (New-York Historical Society), Laurie Garrett (Journalist), Gary Nabel (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), Michael Osterholm (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota), Harold Varmus (Nobel Laureate, Oncologist) and others.

Moderator: Richard Besser (ABC News).

Exoplanets: The Search for New Worlds

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM; Tishman Auditorium at The New School; Ticketed

A few decades ago, we knew of no other planets beyond those in our solar system. Today, astronomers have confirmed over 700 planets circling other suns and believe billions more lay undiscovered. Join researchers leading the charge as they discuss the tantalizing prospects for an Earth analog that could harbor life—as we know it, and as we never imagined it.

Participants: Natalie Batalha (Physicist, San Jose State University), Matt Mountain (Astronomer) and Sara Seager (Astrophysicist, MIT).

Moderator: Dan Harris (ABC News)

Einstein, Time, and the Coldest Stuff in the Universe

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM; The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; Ticketed

Nobel prize-winning physicist William Phillips returns to the World Science Festival for another spellbinding journey to the lowest temperatures ever recorded. What’s an atomic clock and why does it keep better time when cold? What’s the relationship between speed, temperature and relativity? Through crackling, fizzing, popping experimentation, see what happens when ordinary objects plunge to the edge of absolute zero.

Participant: William Phillips (Nobel Laureate, Physicist).

Why We Prevailed: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM; Tishman Auditorium at The New School; Ticketed

We once shared the planet with Neanderthals and other human species. Some of our relatives may have had tools, language and culture. Why did we thrive while they perished? Join evolutionary biologists, geneticists and anthropologists as they share profound insights about the origin of man and retrace our singular journey from fledging prototype to the most dominant species on Earth.

Participants: Alison Brooks(George Washington University), Ed Green (University of California, Santa Cruz), Chris Stringer (Paleoanthropologist, Royal Society, London) and Edward O. Wilson (Evolutionary Biologist, Harvard University).

Moderator: John Hockenberry (Journalist).

Why We Tell Stories: The Science of Narrative

8:00 PM; The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College; Ticketed

Stories have existed in many forms—cave paintings, parables, poems, tall tales, myths—throughout history and across almost all human cultures. But is storytelling essential to survival? Join a spirited discussion seeking to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative—from how neurons alight when we hear a tale, to the role of storytelling in cognitive development, to the art of storytelling itself, which informs a greater understanding of who we are as a species.

Participants: Paul Bloom (Psychologist), Jeffrey Eugenides (Author), Jonathan Gottschall (Science Writer), Joyce Carol Oates (Author), Keith Oatley (Novelist) and others.

Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM; NYU Skirball Center; Ticketed

In 1935, Albert Einstein published a landmark paper revealing that quantum mechanics allows widely separated objects to influence one another, even though nothing travels between them. Einstein called it spooky and rejected the idea, arguing that it exposed a major deficiency in the quantum theory. But, decades later, experiments proved the unsettling concept correct. Join Brian Greene on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

Participant: Brian Greene (Physicist, Columbia University).

From the City to the Stars

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM; Brooklyn Bridge Park; Free Admittance

Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. An outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, it will be a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012

The Ultimate Science Street Fair

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Washington Square Park; Free Admittance

The popular Science Street Fair returns to Washington Square Park with another action-packed day of interactive exhibits, experiments, games and shows, all designed to entertain and inspire. Visit a telepathy lab and control a computer just by thinking about it, learn the science tricks to shooting perfect free-throws with NBA stars, create your own fragrance at the Smell Lab, ride a square-wheeled tricycle, and much more!

Sunday at the Met: The World Science Festival Presents The New Science of Art Attribution

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium; Free Admittance with Metropolitan Museum admission.

Art historians are increasingly turning to particle physics to authenticate masterpieces by artists like Rembrandt and Van Gogh, as well as to explore mysterious artworks lying beneath surface paintings. Join a provocative discussion about the powerful new collaboration between scientists, curators and conservators that is bringing to light hidden works and revealing important clues about iconic art.

Participants: Francesca Casadio (Art Institute of Chicago), Joris Dik (Delft University of Technology) and Walter Liedtke (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Moderator: Garrick Utley (Senior Fellow, SUNY Levin Institute).

TICKETS

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World Science Festival 2012 Cultural Partners, whose collaboration enriches the diverse spectrum of Festival programming, include:

    American Museum of Natural History
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
    Galapagos Art Space
    Le Poisson Rouge
    Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Moth
    Museum of the Moving Image
    New-York Historical Society
    Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
    United Palace Theatre

The World Science Festival’s 2012 University Partners provide a broad range of Festival support. The 2012 University Partners include:

    The City University of New York
    The Cooper Union
    Columbia University
    The New School
    New York University
    The Rockefeller University

About the World Science Festival:

The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The World Science Festival has been made possible with the generous support of its Founding Benefactors: the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.

The World Science Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its major sponsors, Ann Ziff, Con Edison and The Kavli Prize; its media partners, ABC News, ABC Radio, WABC-TV, Mental Floss, Popular Science, Time Warner Cable, The Week, WNYC Radio; and its university partners, New York University, The City University of New York, Columbia University, The Rockefeller University, The New School, and The Cooper Union.

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Bookend Chronicles Reviews Yankee Gold


Yankee Gold by Elizabeth Rogers

This is an impressive novel by Elizabeth Rogers, which takes place within the backdrop of the worst war on American soil. It is a historically accurate narrative that achieves forward motion in its intriguing plot line. Rogers successfully exhibits a difficult conflict within a gradually remorseful climate.

"Fire and smoke concealed the movement of people in the street. It was unclear whether the moving bodies were civilians, enemy, or allies. Occasionally, there would be a clearing."

Steve Elkins begins to blur the lines of societal acceptance. He is an abolitionist attorney in a less than tolerant territory. Though he is brave enough to stand up for his beliefs and politics, it also causes a major hindrance in his personal life.

"'Or they steal from the public coffers'... 'Or take bribes'..."

"He must prove fraud, forgery, bribery, and perjury. Additionally, it appeared he must take on the chief judge of the Supreme Court to force a resignation."

There is a definitive coyness when delving into the incredibly intricate story line. It prevents the reader from understanding the true focus of the ultimate ending. Yet, gradually, as the characters play into the metaphorically sanctioned subplot, Steve Elkins must decide where his loyalties lie.

An interesting character that snagged my attention was Editor Sullivan. As Steve says in a most succinct way: "...he professes in his columns, that he is against peonage, but antagonistic to Radicals. Of course, that's a contradiction in itself." Sullivan plays a thin line and personifies an image of what I would call a troubling epidemic, symbolic in this day and age.

Rogers vividly conveys an empowered and credible narrative. Though Yankee Gold had a slow beginning for this reader, including heavily laden moments of minutiae, the ultimate story is moving and intriguing. It is a unique story that gives every reader an idea of the old politics that our forefathers ventured and braved in a frighteningly new world.

Elizabeth Wall Rogers has been published in the New Mexico Historical Review. She is a member of the Virginia Historical Society and is active in several Virginia writers' clubs.

KIRKUS REVIEW


Yankee Gold

KIRKUS REVIEW

Rogers’ debut historical novel delivers a highly detailed account of nation-building in New Mexico after the Civil War through the eyes of spy, lawyer and politician Steve Elkins.

Elkins, like other major characters in the book, was a real person, and the author presents him as a clever observer and manipulator of the baffling, violent political scene west of the Mississippi during Reconstruction. Elkins flees wartime Missouri, with rebel bandits at his heels, to New Mexico, where he rises from a laborer and land surveyor to a lawyer and elected official. He takes charge of two different murder trials, and took part in efforts to draft a state constitution, woo the railroad and eradicate “peonage,” a form of feudal slavery unique to the region. But although Rogers includes all the raw materials for a riveting tale (war, espionage, slavery, bank robberies, gold mines and murder among them), the book reads more like a dry biography of Elkins than a novel. The author takes considerable care to tell the story with accuracy and detail; as a result, however, the prose is almost exclusively expository. Much of the book consists of fact-laden, wooden dialogue, with minimal, awkward efforts to convey the characters’ internal lives (“ ‘Chaves’ arrogance at having set off the cannon that killed Slough, and his insisting on keeping the unrepentant Heath, is more than I can stand,’ Steve said”). At times, the book reads somewhat like a legal brief, with the characters conveying the emotionless delivery of police officers on a witness stand. There are some moments when this reportorial style engagingly supports the storyline—the murder scenes, for example, or during courtroom set pieces when Steve’s scheming intelligence earns readers’ admiration—but these moments are few in an otherwise dense, dispassionate narrative.

A dry but exhaustively researched novel that will most interest aficionados of New Mexico’s history.

Books: Virginia Book Notes


One of Richmond’s many nicknames is “The City of Monuments” — and deservedly so. Although first thoughts might go to those along lovely Monument Avenue, the city abounds in others that merit attention.

And that’s what Glen Allen writer Robert C. Layton and Henrico County photographer Phil Riggan showcase in “Discovering Richmond Monuments: A History of River City Landmarks Beyond the Avenue” (190 pages, The History Press, $19.99).

You’ve probably seen Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and tennis great Arthur Ashe on Monument Avenue, but how about entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, or civil rights icon Oliver Hill, or the miniature Statue of Liberty, or Sunday the dog, or former Virginia Commonwealth University President Eugene P. Trani, all in other locations?

They — and more than 100 others — are featured in prose and photos in Layton and Riggan’s book, as well as a glossary of art terms, a chronology of the monuments’ placements and even suggestions for future tributes. You’ll find history you likely didn’t know — and a useful guide for a walking/driving tour.

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Virginia is for enthusiasts of all kinds — of history, of nature, and yes, dogs.

In “Fido’s Virginia: Virginia Is for Dog Lovers” (239 pages, The Countryman Press, $18.95), Ginger Warder, who grew up in Northern Virginia, offers a plethora of places travelers can visit with their canine pals, including historic sites, wineries, bed and breakfasts, malls and bodies of water.
A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Warder specializes in journeys with pets and luxury trips. As she writes, “For the most part, canines are considered to be family in Virginia — except, unfortunately, by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Health Department, which strictly prohibits all but service dogs from the premises of restaurants, including patios and decks.”
But not to worry — “Fido’s Virginia” gives readers a multitude of options for excursions with their best buds.

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Given Richmond’s reputation as a city of churches — St. John’s Episcopal on Church Hill and St. Paul’s Episcopal near Capitol Square are particularly noteworthy — it’s not unusual for houses of worship to revel not only in their message but also their history.

Last year, First Presbyterian Church celebrated its bicentennial and this year marked the occasion with “Footprints of the Saints: A Narrative History of First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia, 1812-2012” (348 pages, First Presbyterian Church/The Dietz Press, $40), by former pastor R. Jackson Sadler in collaboration with longtime member F. Claiborne Johnston Jr.

Richly detailed and lavishly illustrated, the book recounts the history of the church and its congregation, its leaders and its mission work, among many other topics. It’s available at the church office at 4602 Cary Street Road. For details, call 358-2383.

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Kevin Powers, whose debut novel, “The Yellow Birds,” vividly depicts the war in Iraq, has been awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for First Novel by the Cleveland Foundation.

Powers, who attended James River High School in Chesterfield County, joined the Army when he was 17 and served as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar in 2004 and 2005. After being honorably discharged, he enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 2008. He recently received a master’s degree in fine arts as a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Also:

• Former Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and current Boomer magazine editor Ray McAllister adds to his canon about coastal North Carolina with “Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks” (242 pages, Beach Glass Books, $19.95), which follows his previous appreciations of Topsail Island, Wrightsville Beach and Hatteras Island. This time out, in addition to exploring the history, charm and residents of the site, he also presents a proposal from Stephen Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, that Ocracoke become basically car-free. “The proposal is worth serious consideration,” McAllister writes. “Ocracoke could become a smaller Ocracoke again. A quieter Ocracoke. A less crowded Ocracoke. A better Ocracoke.”

Sarah Kennedy, a professor of English at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, focuses her novel
“The Altarpiece” (224 pages, Knox Robinson Publishing, $27.99), on Catherine Havens, the adopted daughter of the prioress of the Priory of Mount Grace in an English village during King Henry VIII’s attack on the Roman Catholic Church and its properties.

• Henrico County resident Elizabeth Wall Rogers’ historical novel “Yankee Gold” (312 pages, Story Merchant Books, $15.99), is set in New Mexico during the Civil War.

• Two Chihuahuas play detective — and join forces with mutt Jog, mockingbird Moc and loggerhead turtle Big Mama — to foil turtle-egg snatchers on Bald Head Island, N.C., in Falls Church resident Rhoda Canter’s children’s book, “The Adventures of Starfoot and Brown” (119 pages, CreateSpace, $16.50).

Katie D. Anderson, a Richmond native and a 1989 graduate of Collegiate Schools, has written her first book, “Kiss and Make Up” (320 pages, Skyscape, $16.99), a young-adult novel.

• Retired Times-Dispatch science writer Beverly Orndorff has published an e-book, “George Gamow: The Whimsical Mind Behind the Big Bang” ($6.99), about the Russian-born American physicist.

Jay Strafford

Civil War Photos 1861 - 1865



The quality of some of these photos are just amazing when you consider that they were taken 150 years ago…


Civil War Photos 1861 - 1865 

Journey To Publication Reviews Yankee Gold

4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational


My book review today is on the historical book Yankee Gold by Beth Rogers. This book takes place in the civil war and the years following it.It is easy to see that Beth has done massive amounts of research on this time in history. Unfortunately I found the historical facts and statistics to be a hindrance to the actual story, it was so full of facts and details it was hard to stay on the story line. It is a great accomplishment for Beth. If you are a history buff I know you will want to read this book
 

This story was about a man's struggle to stay true to his principals in a world of corruption, slavery, and changing times. Steve Elkins is a young attorney who had served as a spy through the war, he has now moved to the southwestern part of the country. He is sent to the area to write contracts for several mines. The army was being paid to protect the mines and although they aren't doing much with the mines there is resentment towards Steve. He is in office when a family emergency sends him home, while there he marries and brings part of his family back with him. Steve strives for statehood for New Mexico. Though the politicians want the benefits from statehood there is much resistance to his efforts. He faces great personal and political difficulties with from his efforts.

This man's struggle with his faith and his principals is an inspiration to us all. I hope you enjoy the book you may find it on amazon. God Bless you all. Have a really good weekend.  

YANKEE GOLD – IT’S SIGNIFICANCE

Steve Elkins
Tom  Catron


Yankee Gold unlocks the secret of the “Santa Fe Ring”, one of the great mysteries of western lore. The Santa Fe Ring was a creation of Congressman Chaves and his surrogate, A. P. Sullivan, editor of the Santa Fe Post. They conceived the idea of a New Mexico power ring at the same time the Tweed Ring was notorious for stealing public monies in New York City. Giving a similar name to the associates of Steve Elkins would throw evil aspersions on their political enemy who was a member of their own party, a fellow Republican. At the same time, Chaves could have the power of appointments to office which he used liberally.

The Republicans appointed to New Mexico offices in the Lincoln administration were almost entirely abolitionists. However, Lincoln was persuaded by an old friendship with John Watts, another former Illinois attorney, to make James Carleton the general in charge of martial law in the territory after Confederates attacked in 1861. Carleton was a Democrat and would support McClellan in the 1864 presidential election. During this period only about 1500 easterners lived as settlers in New Mexico and around 50,000 Spanish speaking former Mexicans lived there.

Frank Chaves’ family owned a half million acre land grant based in the central district of New Mexico and on the Rio Grande River. The family was dependent on the labor of peons, several hundred Indian “debt slaves” for their farming income. These enormous land grants supplied the Army during the war with food and provisions. Chaves’ father had sent him east for an education with the admonition, “The heretics are going to over-run all this country. Go and learn their language and come back prepared to defend your people.”

Chaves’ primary concern was to protect his and other land grant owners’ rights to their huge properties granted under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, a hastily conceived treaty which served the purposes of early eastern and Missouri traders with Mexican commercial interests. The ownership of these estates was not established by the usual requirements of land ownership in the United States: valid surveys. Furthermore, these estates were so vast that only slavery could make them economically feasible. Chaves’ secondary concern was a private prejudice against former Confederate officers whom he held were not entitled to hold offices in the territory. Following the Civil War, a significant political faction held this view. Chaves made possible the creation of the second Republican newspaper, the Santa Fe Post, to take positions which would make Steve Elkins and his programs appear subversive.

Steve Elkins entered New Mexico as a teamster, escaping death from Quantrill’s Raiders in Missouri. The Raiders were an outlaw band which supported the Confederates since the Confederate army was prohibited from operation in Missouri. Steve had been a spy for the Union and, as such, functioned in opposition to his friends and family. He ferociously guarded this secret his whole life. While in New Mexico he never wavered from the position that he had served neither side in the Civil War. 


One of the reasons Steve maintained his position as a non-combatant was that in 1861-1862 he had taught a number of Quantrill’s youngest outlaws. Among them was the son of his own family’s close friends, the family of Cole Younger. The Younger family was seriously abused by a Union officer and the men of the 5th Missouri Militia. The latter company crashed a wedding party and was insulted by the refusal of a Younger daughter to dance with the outfit’s captain, a married man. The wedding party was primarily of southern sympathies. The grudge was carried to extremes, the Younger father was killed and the family home was destroyed. Steve felt a terrible responsibility for the later deaths of several women, wives, sisters, and sweethearts of these young men whom he had taught. These women were imprisoned for abetting their husbands, brothers, and fiancés. 


After the war Steve aided his best childhood friend and his former college roommate as well as his own family by providing them with positions which would support them in New Mexico. His roommate, Tom Catron, became a Republican and his law partner in Santa Fe. His childhood friend, a Democrat, would become another law partner and by 1876, New Mexico’s Supreme Court Chief Justice. The theme of Steve’s life after the war became redemption. His need to become a hero, to win statehood and a railroad for the territory, were attempts to fulfill his need for redemption.




—PHOTOS COURTESY OF PALACE OF THE GOVERNORS, NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, NEG. 50616.

American West Photographer Timothy O'Sullivan

Famous photographer Timothy O'Sullivan whose childhood and background are the subject of debate among photographic scholar was of Irish ancestry. It is known that as a teenager he worked in the studio of the legendary 19th century photographer Mathew Brady, who is seen as the father of photo-journalism. A veteran of the American Civil War in its first year, O'Sullivan turned his hand to photographing the horrors of war in during the final three years of the conflict before setting out on his cross-continental expeditions.


Timothy O'Sullivan, who used a box camera, worked with the Government teams as they explored the land. He had earlier covered the U.S. Civil War and was one of the most famous photographers of the 19th century.

He also took pictures of the Native American population for the first time as a team of artists, photographers, scientists and soldiers explored the land in the 1860s and 1870s.

The images of the landscape were remarkable - because the majority of people at the time would not have known they were there or have ever had a chance to see it for themselves.

O'Sullivan died from tuberculosis at the age of 42 in 1882 - just years after the project had finished .

He carted a dark room wagon around the Wild West on horseback so that he could develop his images. He spent seven years exploring the landscape and thousands of pictures have survived from his travels.


Gayle Pace of Book Review, Etc. Gives Yankee Gold Four Stars!




The author wrote a historical learning book about a territory that strove to become a state. It tells how some of the people in New Mexico resisted statehood. They did want all the good things that went with it though. During this time the Civil War made the mining of  precious ores difficult. 

When the character Steve Elkins came into the picture, martial law was in effect. The Army was being paid to protect private mining and was doing a little mining themselves. Elkins came to New Mexico to write contracts for several mines where the Army had agreements with investors. 

The author is telling a story that no one else has tried to tell. Ms Rogers put in twenty years of research for the book. To me, this is the desire to write a factual book, a desire to do the best you can at what you do. This is dedication. She wrote from a male point of view which must have been difficult to begin with. You would have to get the feel of how a man saw things, which most often is very different from a woman's view.I recommend this book to History lovers or anyone  who is interested in Mexico, the Civil War or just a darn good read.

At the end of the novel, the author puts in an article which gives evidence that Steve Elkins was a  Civil War Spy.

I give this book 4 Stars





OVERVIEW (FROM AMAZON)

Passion, power, politics--intrigue on the frontier.

A young attorney with a secret leaves the Missouri Civil War for the southwestern territories and is threatened by a bitter rivalry. At stake are the fortunes of land grant settlement and the destiny of New Mexico.

An abolitionist in a slave state, Steve Elkins’ principle puts him at odds with local authority and general practice. Steve’s vision of what a territory must be to attain statehood sets a pattern for his personal goals. Patience, diplomacy, and skillful use of his legal expertise guide him. As the war ends, party identities re-form and tensions increase. Steve faces vicious attacks in his aggressive moves against slavery, robbery, assassination, murder, and cattle rustling. When he's faced with a personal crisis and a crucial election at once, can he strike a bargain with his wife, Sallie and his best friend, Tom? He struggles for a private life while the exertions of his public role erode his quest to achieve a business environment for New Mexico.

Can Steve Elkins survive the clash between his allies for a railroad; and the traditional fears, loyalties, and envy of native Mexicans?

Timothy O'Sullivan's Pictures Show the Landscape As It Was Charted for the Very First Time

These remarkable 19th century sepia-tinted pictures show the American West as you have never seen it before - as it was charted for the first time.

The photos, by Timothy O'Sullivan, are the first ever taken of the rocky and barren landscape.

At the time federal government officials were travelling across Arizona, Nevada, Utah and the rest of the west as they sought to uncover the land's untapped natural resources.


19th century housing: Members of Clarence King's Fortieth Parallel Survey team explore the land near Oreana, Nevada, in 1867
19th century housing: Members of Clarence King's Fortieth Parallel Survey team explore the land near Oreana, Nevada, in 1867. Clarence King was a 25-year-old Yale graduate, who hired Irish tough guy O'Sullivan for his Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. Funded by the War Department, the plan was to survey the unexplored territory that lay between the California Sierras and the Rockies, with a view toward finding a good place to lay railroad tracks while also looking for mining possibilities and assessing the level of Indian hostility in the area.

Incredible: Tents can be seen (bottom, centre) at a point known as Camp Beauty close to canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Photographed in 1873
Incredible: Tents can be seen (bottom, centre) at a point known as Camp Beauty close to canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Photographed in 1873 and situated in northeastern Arizona, the area is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North American and holds preserved ruins of early indigenous people's such as The Anasazi and Navajo.

On this rock I build a church: Old Mission Church, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico pictured in 1873
On this rock I build a church: Old Mission Church, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico pictured in 1873 where the Zuni people of North have lived for millennia. O'Sullivan was famous for not trying to romanticise the native American plight or way of life in his photographs and instead of asking them to wear tribal dress was happy to photograph them wearing denim jeans.

Land rising from the water: The Pyramid and Domes, a line of dome-shaped tufa rocks in Pyramid Lake, Nevada, seen on camera for the first time ever in 1867
Land rising from the water: The Pyramid and Domes, a line of dome-shaped tufa rocks in Pyramid Lake, Nevada photographed in 1867. Taken as part of Clarence King's Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, O'Sullivan's mesmerising pictures of the other-wordly rock formations at Pyramid Lake committed the sacred native American Indian site to camera for the first time

Sangre De Christo

Rich in history, religion, culture, and bio-diversity, the area preserves a special place in our nation's history where the villages and lifestyles of some of America's earliest Spanish settlements still exist alongside newer railroad communities.

Sangre De Christo [sic] Range from Bull Hill

Carlos Beaubien
When the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant was awarded in 1843, the vast tract extended along the flanks of the Sangre de Cristo Range, from an area north of contemporary Questa, New Mexico into the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Encompassing Ute Territory the grant included mountains, watersheds, and an array of wildlife. Like the Quebecois manorial class from which he descended, Carlos Beaubien (the subrosa owner of the grant) controlled all aspects of development on his inland estate. After an unauthorized colony attempted to inhabit the land grant the group was forcefully evicted by Beaubien's men. Preferring to lay claim to this vast landscape on his terms, Beaubien recruited pobladores (settlers) from the Taos Valley, handpicked leaders, and authorized French and German merchants to establish trading posts.

Just after the onset of the American Period, Taosenos moved in two surges into lateral watersheds on the grant; first at the Rio Costilla late in the 1840s and on the Rio Culebra in 1853. Initially plazas in the Rio Costilla and Rio Culebra were similar despite being situated eighteen miles apart. Though separated by distance los primeros pobladores (first settlers) in both communities were interrelated by kinship, culture, and religion. In 1861, the grant was severed when Congress appropriated part of New Mexico to create the Territory of Colorado. Two years after annexation, Beaubien authored a covenant granting an easement to pobladores to use the surrounding uplands to graze and gather wood, designated a community commons near villages, and deeded varas, or long lots, extending from rivers to foothills. 


Subsequent to Beaubien's death, his heirs sold the grant to William Gilpin, the first Territorial Governor of Colorado. In accordance with Beaubien's wishes the sale required Gilpin to acknowledge the pobladores' private property and communal rights. Disingenuous from the onset, Gilpin circumvented the terms of the agreement.

Author's Journal: Drafting Your Story



Exactly when you decide to venture a draft of your story no one can predict. Some people start at the end and work backwards. Others take the more traditional path and determine a beginning. It’s best to know your ending before you start. I knew my story was a ten year account of my character’s early career as an attorney. My story was about how such a young attorney became a congressman in such a short time.  It took a while for me to see how he made his living and acquired wealth. Almost immediately after arriving in NM he became the territory’s most successful lawyer. He had an engaging personality, was better and more recently educated. He learned the Spanish language so quickly most people were amazed. His most important asset, aside from these, was his mentors, men whose advice he sought and followed judiciously. He made friends easily and helped others who cooperated with him, partnering with several on various projects.

I wrote many drafts of my story. I can only laugh at the early attempts now. I had very little to follow since most stories of the West of this period are of the Indian wars and personal accounts of “gunslingers” and outlaws.


The greatest difficulty I had in writing my book was in merging all of the information I’d gathered. I finally hung chronologies of my central character’s personal life, the progress of the Maxwell Grant, progress of the Sangre de Cristo, the major political events of the Republican Party, the advance of the Maxwell Grant’s survey, the conflict between my character and each of his adversaries (Chaves’ surrogates), and a chain of events related to NM’s land grants on the wall. I then used cards to form a storyboard of scenes. Through these I established a draft that provided a reasonable continuum until I could begin to reduce the mass to the pattern of fiction. You may start with an outline, most writers do. My goal was perhaps too ambitious and thereby too complex, but it represents what I wanted to know.


Blackmore Collection


Studio portrait of a Native North American sitting on a chair, wearing ear ornaments, a peace medal(?), a cloth tunic, an embroidered sash, a blanket around his waist, and holding a hat.

Henry Connelly Governor of the New Mexico Territory

Henry Connelly (1800–1866) was Governor of the New Mexico Territory during the American Civil War. He was appointed by President Lincoln and served from September 4, 1861 until July 6, 1866. During his term, the territory broke into two, and then three parts due to the Civil War and administrative problems.

  
Early years


Connelly was born in Spencer County, Kentucky. In 1828, he received a medical degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He practiced medicine and ran a store in Liberty, Missouri from 1820 until 1824, when he traveled the Santa Fe Trail from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico with other merchants. During and following these years of travel and trading, he no longer practiced medicine, except in the case of an emergency. In 1828 he moved to Chihuahua, Mexico where he lived until 1848, continuing to make business journeys to Missouri and New Orleans. He married a Mexican woman there in 1838, with whom he had three children. Sometime in the 1840s he moved to Peralta about 17 miles south of the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Connelly participated in negotiations between governor Manuel Armijo and James W. Magoffin in Santa Fe, prior to Kearny's 1846 bloodless Capture of Santa Fe during the Mexican-American War.


New Mexico military rule


In 1849, after the death of his first wife, Connelly married Delores Perea. Perea was the widow of Don Mariano Chaves, one of the governors of New Mexico while it was under the rule of Mexico. She was also the mother of Don Mariano's son, José Francisco Chaves,who served three terms in the United States House of Representatives as Delegate from the New Mexico Territory, 1865 to 1871.


By 1850, although there were strongly opposed political factions in New Mexico, most were united in opposing the military government. The governor, Col. John Munroe, convened a constitutional assembly in May, which ratified a state constitution by 6,771 votes to 39.The constitution was adopted on 20 June 1850, and state officers were elected.[4] Henry Connelly, who was absent from the territory at the time, was elected Governor and Manuel Alvarez Lieutenant-governor. However, Colonel Munroe forbade the assumption of civil power by the elected officials. On 9 September 1850 the U.S. Senate passed a compromise bill that included an act to organize a government for New Mexico as a territory, and this overrode the state legislature.


New Mexico state


Connelly was an associate in the incorporation of the New Mexican Railway Company in support for construction of a transcontinental railroad via the southern route through New Mexico in 1860. He was a main force behind the repeal of the New Mexico Slave Act in 1861. He was governor of New Mexico during the Civil War and General Sibley's New Mexico Campaign. During the Battle of Valverde, he was at Fort Craig, then moved the territorial capital from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, New Mexico prior to the Confederate occupation of Santa Fe.Connelly was in ill health during a large part of his administration. He was absent from office due to illness for about a half year between the fall 1862 and the spring of 1863, during which Secretary William F.M. Arny acted as Governor. He died of an opium overdose on Aug 12, 1866 in Santa Fe after leaving office, July 16, 1866

 

Author's Journal: Organizing Your Research





I recommend a three or four pronged attack on research organization. Yours may vary from mine somewhat because I save none of my research on the computer. You will need to keep many files: chronology files, character files, setting files, procedure files, cultural practices files, and many others. I have four filing drawers in two cabinets beside my desk. The rest of my files are in crates – four of them, in fact. Those eight file “drawers” represent one story. Two of those drawers are devoted to the operation of my computers and my printer, my professional contacts, and my writers’ organizations. I also keep some files on my submissions in these.

I also have two sets of book shelves and I use sticky notes to indicate pages containing important information – which I label. My books fall into two primary categories: books related to my story and those on technique.


Aside from all this, I have two large boxes which contain copies of old newspapers of my period and place. I use sticky notes on these as well since my story is a political and business story which progresses chronologically. I label these by topic and date and fasten them together in six month periods. They represent the 10 years of my story. They all come from microfilm I’ve had to copy. I can thank these papers for knowing the comings and goings of nearly all of the primary characters of my story.

Raven Reviews Interviews Beth Rogers Regarding YANKEE GOLD



Elizabeth Rogers wrote the book, Yankee Gold, a historical fiction novel focusing on the Civil War.  I became infatuated with the Civil War somewhere between Harriet Tubman and Gone With the Wind.  This book has such a different perspective on the Civil War, I had to stop Beth Rogers and talk to her about it. The interview below captures some key questions I thought you might also be interested in:

1. How did you choose the title?
The fact that the Union mined for gold and silver during the Civil War and for at least two years afterward is the motivation for my protagonist to go to New Mexico.

2. A novel doesn’t usually reveal the true names of characters. Why have you identified your protagonist and named him a Civil War spy?
Because Steve Elkins never admitted he served either side in the Civil War. The story begins in New Mexico a little over a year before the war ended. Little has been told of this important era in New Mexico. Around four thousand Texas Confederates invaded New Mexico in 1861. They were met by four thousand New Mexican and Colorado Volunteers in the winter of 1861-1862. The Confederates were defeated and forced out of New Mexico by the summer of 1862. The fight was for the southwestern gold fields. Once Elkins arrived in New Mexico at the end of 1863 he became the leading attorney in the territory. He was so controversial that someone had to tackle why his story has been avoided. His personal history as a spy, the Union’s role in gold mining with private investors, and the government’s tolerance of Indian debt slavery were all issues the government preferred the public wouldn’t know.

3. How much of the story is true?
The events of the story are true. I placed them on time lines and eventually merged the time lines. My character, Elkins, served in the official capacities portrayed. I had to jump to several conclusions in the story, but the facts which followed made those conclusions reasonable. Naturally, when dialogue can’t be verified, the story must be labeled a novel. I can’t know that closely what these people thought or their entire motivations.

4. How did you get interested in this story?
My family came to West Virginia where Steve Elkins made his home in his later years. We were complete strangers and we settled in the town named for him. My father was born in Cuba of American parents and Cuba was his home until he left college. He was curious about Elkins’ mysterious New Mexico past and encouraged my research of it.

5. How long did it take for you to write Yankee Gold?
The research took twenty years. I taught myself to write at the same time I chased down the story. It went through countless drafts. In the beginning I wrote one other book, a murder mystery, which took nine months. I also wrote a monograph for the New Mexico Historical Review on Elkins as president of New Mexico’s first bank early in my research.

6. What did you find most interesting in your character?
Steve Elkins was first and foremost an abolitionist. He was a Republican, but clearly had the backbone to act independently and follow his own conscience. It was interesting to see how this worked out in the story.

7. Was it difficult to write from a male point of view?
At first it was. That’s why I wrote another book in nine months from a female POV first. However, when I saw how the events of Yankee Gold reflected such a male-oriented society, the story became far easier to portray.

8. When did you decide to become an author?
It was when I was somewhere between eight and ten years old. My father and I speculated on this story often, given the few facts we could obtain. Almost immediately solving the questions which arose became an obsession for me.

9. How did you research the novel?
I first looked for every possible bit of evidence of what Elkins did during the Civil War in Missouri. I traveled to New Mexico and stayed with a relative.  I arranged to meet with several experts on this period of New Mexico’s history. I followed their advice and branched out into the various issues of Elkins’ career in this decade. I copied microfilm on the Bosque Redondo and the official records of the War of the Rebellion. I copied the records of Elkins’ service as
U. S. Attorney. I finally copied the Santa Fe newspapers for the entire decade. I bought all the books possible on the period and compared the material against the newspaper accounts. I found the first scene in a diary account of the daughter of the man who was Elkins’ mentor. That wasn’t until 2003. Information available from the internet grew enormously during the period I researched the story. The research was intensive and bore a lot of fruit.  

MORE ABOUT BETH…
Beth Rogers was born in New York City and lived in West Virginia for over twenty years. Her career includes writing at Living magazine in New York, teaching in Virginia and West Virginia, selling and brokering real estate in North Carolina, and as a federal clerk and courtroom deputy in Richmond, Virginia. She has been published in the New Mexico Historical Review. She is a member of the Virginia Historical Society and is active in several Virginia writers’ clubs.

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