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  • Side Road - Ancient Tarsus

    Side Road - Ancient Tarsus

  • Side Road - Temple of Artemis

    Side Road - Temple of Artemis

  • Side Road - Fire of Rome

    Side Road - Fire of Rome

  • Side Road - MLK Day

    Side Road - MLK Day

  • Side Road - Caesarea Maritima

    Side Road - Caesarea Maritima

  • Side Road - Island of Malta

    Side Road - Island of Malta

  • Side Road - Ancient Paphos

    Side Road - Ancient Paphos

  • Side Road - New Testament Canon

    Side Road - New Testament Canon

  • Side Road - Ancient Salamis

    Side Road - Ancient Salamis

  • The History of Mother's Day

    Mother’s Day always falls on the second Sunday in May. It is widely celebrated as a special day to honor our mothers and the crucial role of motherhood in our society. Although the concept of mother’s day has ancient roots, what’s the history of Mother’s Day in America? When did the second Sunda...

  • St. Patrick's Day

    To my kids, Saint Patrick’s Day merely represents the horror of forgetting to wear green on the 17th of March and face the wrath of pinching peers...

  • The History of Presidents' Day

    The history of Presidents’ Day began in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22nd birthday became an annual day of remembrance in the United States. At the time, George Washington was considered the most important figure in American history...

  • The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

    Saint Valentine’s Day didn’t start out as a day for cards, candy, and kisses. It was a feast day in the early church dedicated to three different guys named Valentine who gave their lives for the Christian faith back in the third century...

  • The History of Groundhog Day

    Many of you are probably aware of the tradition regarding Punxsutawney Phil, the chunky rodent from Pennsylvania who predicts the end of winter each year. On February 2nd, after a long winter’s sleep, Phil comes out of his hole to look for his shadow. If it’s sunny, and he sees it, he regards thi...

  • Coins of Herod the Great

  • Galilee to Judea -- The Land of Jesus'€™ Ministry

  • Roman Coins Related to the Gospels

    Roman Coins Related to the Gospels

    Coins discovered at archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean region offer remarkable visual evidence for some of the historical figures mentioned in the Gospels. Caesar Augustus is one of those key people.

    And it came to pass in those days that a...

  • King Herod’s Building Projects

  • The History of Cheese

    The history of cheese dates back thousands of years. Although nobody really knows who made the first cheese, an old legend says it was an Arabian trader who made it on accident. It seems he put his supply of goat’s milk into a pouch made of sheep's stomach, and he set off in a caravan across the ...

  • The First Thanksgiving

    In 1620, William Bradford and the Pilgrims traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower. According to the Mayflower Compact, the voyage was ultimately “for the Glory of God and Advancement of the Christian Faith.”

    As one historian put it, “We on this continent should never forget that m...

  • Veterans Day in America

    Veterans Day is an American holiday dedicated to honoring its military veterans. Here is the background for why America celebrates Veterans Day on November 11th of each year.

    In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied forces and Ge...

  • Election Day in America

    From an historical perspective, why do we hold elections on a Tuesday in November?

    It all started in 1845, when Congress passed a federal law designating the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November as Election Day. Prior to that, states could hold elections any time they wanted, a...

  • Martin Luther and Reformation Day

    On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his ‘95 Theses’ to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. These were 95 revolutionary ideas that served as the catalyst for the eventual breaking away from the Catholic Church and were later instrumental in forming the movement known...