March 25, 2013

5 new national monuments.

Honoring: 
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves. Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers. The Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico. The San Juan Islands off Washington State. The state of Delaware.
Delaware is my home state, so I'm pleased to see:
First State National Monument in Delaware. The monument will tell the story of the early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish and English settlement of the colony of Delaware, as well as Delaware's role as the first state to ratify the Constitution. The park is comprised of three historic areas related to Delaware's rich history: the Dover Green, the New Castle Court House complex (including the courthouse, Green and Sheriff's House), and the Woodlawn property in the Brandywine Valley.
The name of the monument is based on Delaware's nickname "the First State." (It was the first state to ratify the Constitution.)

31 comments:

traditionalguy said...

I guess a river runs through it in Delaware too.

Ann Althouse said...

Climbing on the rocks in the Brandywine River is something I remember doing many times as a child.

I went back and saw it again as an adult.

I remember Old Swedes Church very well.

Revenant said...

Squirrel!

edutcher said...

It's also the Blue Hen State (the U of D athletes are Blue Hens) and the Diamond State.

Also known as the Small Wonder.

Barry created these by executive order, in spite of the terrible strictures of the sequester.

Clearly the first 3 are panders, but why do we have a First State monument and not a Keystone or Lone Star or Beehive monument?

chuck said...

"Dutch, Swedish, Finnish and English"

Sounds like a bunch of old white guys.

William said...

Delaware is to states as Millard Fillmore is to presidents.

traditionalguy said...

Google says that Old Swedes Church has been an Episcopal Church since 1791.

Get ready, Episcopalians. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and then Easter all come in a row this week. The moon looked full last night, but maybe it gets fuller this weekend.

EMD said...

And no Douglass Dollar.

Yet. I'm going to have to get my campaign rolling.

AlanKH said...

Delaware is to states as Millard Fillmore is to presidents.

Here in Texas we have a word for that kind of state: "county."

Craig said...

I'm 75% German. All my British blood, the Cordrays and the Stradleys, came through Delaware, but not before it mixed with a little Lenape in the Old Northwest.

rcommal said...

I'm trying to figure out how any of this changes anything other than funding--maybe.

And I'm saying this as someone who has spent pretty much equal parts of a whole lifetime in both the Midwest and Delaware.

rcommal said...

Althouse was conceived in Texas and then raised in parts of Delaware (Newark [see: Brookside] and North Wilmington) and then northern New Jersey. From thence there was Ann Arbor, MI; New York, NY; and Madison, WI. It's not complicated. Is it?

rcommal said...

edutcher:

You missed the "First State" part (was that on purpose, or because you don't know the historical fact?).

Oh, whatever: It doesn't matter. Who cares?

Over the years, Delaware has also produced some mighty fine--well, produce. (One of the more surprising things I discovered during my recent, something like 17 years, of living in Iowa, is that the farm stands there weren't better, necessarily, and that the farmers markets were, simply, worse. This shocked me, at first, but later I learned why it should never have been counter-intuitive: a tale for another day.)

Delaware also used to be known for some mighty fine chicken (though the Delmarvelous Chicken so frequently offered in school cafeterias in DE WAAAYYY back in the day wasn't exactly a good marketing tool).

There are also some very cool rocks to be picked up here, just scattered wherever, for the sharp-eyed interested in such a thing. Same thing for shells on the beach.

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rcommal said...

edutcher:

It wasn't accurate to say that you missed the First State part. Obviously, Althouse pointed to that in her post, and you mentioned it, via reference, in your comment. I am sorry for being inaccurate.

However, I am not at all sorry for tweaking you on account of the weight you tend to apportion, or not apportion, to things.

; )

Next Adventure said...

Odd that there is already a National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati (http://freedomcenter.org/. It struggles to get local funding each year and was recently rolled into some other local history muséums. If only we knew that there was unlimited Federal money to fix things. . .

Next Adventure said...

Odd that there is already a National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati (http://freedomcenter.org/. It struggles to get local funding each year and was recently rolled into some other local history muséums. If only we knew that there was unlimited Federal money to fix things. . .

Guimo said...

Delaware's state motto is "Small Blunder."

The Drill SGT said...

There's not enough money generally to support the National Parks and Monuments in a good year, so when we have a sequester, lets spread it double thin with even less money and even more monuments.

The Drill SGT said...

PS: elsewhere I read they closed the event to the press. all the pics come from the WH censors...

Gabriel Hanna said...

My dear wife and I visited the San Juan Islands a few years ago. Some facts, which may be of interest:

1. The name makes them sound sunny, but they're north of Seattle and have the same weather--60 and raining in summer, and 50 and raining in winter. They're beautiful, but it may not be the beauty you were thinking of.

2. The ferry ride over is more expensive than camping there.

3. The Pig War was unfought there. The site of the British camp is one of the few places where the Federal government flies the Union Jack.

4. The US and Canada are all mixed up in that area. It's mostly water, so what? But if your cell phone gets picked up by a Canadian tower, your wireless carrier will try hard to shaft you. Guess how we found that out.

bpm4532 said...

Soon a web site will appear that allows you to create and pay for your own personal national monument! Who wants to name a mere star? The ultimate ego-building accessory!

Craig said...

http://www.google.com.ph/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=mt%20constitution&source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FMount_Constitution&ei=kppRUb6sKoiTiQep5IG4Aw&usg=AFQjCNHitjTBziirrKPpdhRM0vUAKZldrQ&bvm=bv.44158598,d.aGc

The San Juans already have a monument on the top of Mt. Constitution. It was built by the CCC.

LarsPorsena said...

Blogger William said...

Delaware is to states as Millard Fillmore is to presidents.

3/25/13, 9:48 PM
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Delaware is to states as Joe Biden is to vice presidents.

lemondog said...

The heck with the debt. More monuments please.

damikesc said...

Too broke for WH visits...not too broke to take over more land for government overseeing.

EMD said...

Delaware's state motto is "Small Blunder."

I thought it was "Gird Your Loins!"

Hagar said...

The Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico.

Another 240,000 acres placed off-limits to the people.

lemondog said...

Have they started work on this yet?

Can't wait.

Or are we The Peeple to be surprised......

Fernandinande said...

"Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument... The new national park, "

National Monuments and National Parks aren't the same thing.

Smilin' Jack said...

I could see the San Juan Islands from my boyhood home. No, it doesn't rain all the time, although the islands have an austere beauty even in the rain. And when it's sunny, the intense greens and blues of the islands and the Sound are amazing.

TosaGuy said...

I enjoy the Delaware State Fair far more than the Wisconsin State Fair. It's more grounded in the original mission of a state fair. The Grange Building served the best chicken dinner I have ever had.

The San Juan Islands are a fantastic place to visit. If you do it right, you don't need a car and can still see everything there is to see.