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Shapell Manuscript Foundation Note Expresses Reagan’s Sadness at Kennedy Assassination

June 5, 1968 was a sad day in American history. After giving his victory speech upon winning the Democratic primary in California, Robert F Kennedy took a short cut through the kitchen of the famed Ambassador Hotel. Waiting for him was Arab assassin Sirhan Sirhan, present to express his hatred of the United States in general, and Kennedy in particular.… (more…)

Looking Back at George Washington

It is always interesting and fun, on the anniversary of a great leader’s birthday, to reflect on their life. February 22, 1732 was George Washington’s birthday. Today, while we see him as one of the most influential of American leaders, it is fascinating to look at his shortcomings and fears. He was, in essence, just like the rest of us.… (more…)

Famous Artists: President JFK

It’s always a pleasure to see professional artists and to enjoy their beautiful work. Many people don’t realize, however, that there are many hidden artists out there and some great artwork from unlikely corners. Take President John F. Kennedy. Did you realize that he painted? The story behind the paintings is actually a great one. As a young bride, Jacqueline… (more…)

JFK and an Antique Log Book

Many people assume that antiques include only large objects like pottery, paintings and the like. Documents, however, are also part of this category, and as a history and antique buff, I’ve always found antique documents fascinating. It was John F. Kennedy’s birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday to our dear 35th President!) and there were a number of articles written about him… (more…)

Lincoln’s Life & Times: Reflections on His Birthday

On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, it is interesting to look back at the man and at his use of language. As a historian and antique collector, I always find the study of history fascinating. Certainly, Steven Spielberg’s recent movie Lincoln has brought the man and his presidency into the spotlight at the moment. Many more people now know… (more…)