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National Park profile: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park
National Park profile: Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

April 25, 2019 - Very few private homes are so historically significant the location has been designated a national park site. The New Hampshire home of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor, has. He sculpted Civil War memorials, the Standing Lincoln sculpture, and the $20 double eagle gold coin that is considered one of the most beautiful coins ever minted.

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manicured: verb;finely finished, neatly cut, polished; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Remembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nearsRemembering the people of D-Day as 75th anniversary nears
Jan. 11, 2019 - For the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day, Student News Net will be honoring the people of D-Day. Sgt. Fred Bahlau was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne who "dropped" behind enemy lines on D-Day. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander who commanded more than 150,000 soldiers on D-Day.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of April 22

buttresses: noun; stone or brick supports against a wall that are characteristic of Gothic architecture;
Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt after fire

crevices: noun; small openings, breaks in larger structures, such as rocks and trees;
Species Spotlight: Red-bellied woodpecker

determination: Select Part of speech...; resolution, decision, fact, something that is determined;
Record flooding in South Dakota

gibberish: Select Part of speech...; words or letters that have no meaning or cannot be interpreted without being decoded;
Code Girls at home saved soldiers' lives in Normandy

Today In History

April 26

1986: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine had a catastrophic accident resulting in the release of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Thousands of people from the surrounding area were permanently displaced because of the accident.

1822: Library of Congress: Frederick Law Olmsted, nineteenth-century America's foremost landscape architect, was born. Son of a well-to-do Hartford, Connecticut, merchant, Olmsted spent much of his childhood enjoying rural New England scenery. Weakened eyesight forced him to abandon plans to attend Yale. Instead, young Olmsted studied engineering and scientific farming, putting his agricultural and managerial theories into practice on his own Staten Island farm.

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