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Looking forward to: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 - 10:00AM TO 4:00PM President Calvin Coolidge Homestead - decorated as it would have been in 1872 during the year the President was born was born.
Hello, I am a fellow admirer of Calvin Coolidge and has fought to get him in finals of a Presidential tournament at my school. I beat out FDR, Wilson, and Theodore Roosevelt to get him their and now I need your help to get votes to place him as the best President. Here is the link to vote if you are interested:
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In the 4th of July category on tonight's "Jeopardy!" there was a question about which president was the only one born on Independence Day. None of the contestants knew.
Just visited your site this weekend and it was absolutely lovely !! Have you all been following this:
In reference to the depression of 1920-1921 economists Richard Vedder and Lowell Gallaway wrote: While the magnitude of the 1920-22 downturn was severe (and indeed exceeded that for the Great Depression of the following decade for several quarters), its duration was not. By 1922 recovery was already underway, and in the following year unemployment was actually less than its normal long-run rate.[iv] The economic policies of Presidents Harding and Coolidge did much to ameliorate the 1920-22 depression. As Coolidge stated in his address at the Gettysburg battlefield, reductions in debt, taxes, and spending were essential for economic recovery. Both Vedder and Gallaway argue that “the seven years from the autumn of 1922 to the autumn of 1929 were arguably the brightest period in [the] economic history of the United States.”[v] Overall the nation’s economy entered into a period of significant economic growth: From 1920 to 1929, total manufacturing output rose a bit over 50 percent, an aggregate figure that masked even more rapid rates of growth in major sectors of the economy. Primary manufacturing grew at a rate of 2.5 percent per year; end product manufacturing increased 4 percent per year throughout the decade. By 1929, the economy of the United States produced four-tenths of the world’s coal, seven-tenths of the world’s petroleum, a third of the world’s hydro-electric power, half the world’s steel, and virtually all of the world’s natural gas.[vi] Entrepreneurship also expanded and “new sectors were included that had never before been listed in previous censuses, such as automobiles, telephones and telegraph, and chemicals.”[vii] The automobile and the radio became symbols of the economic progress of the Roaring Twenties. Vedder and Gallaway note that during the Coolidge Prosperity and wages increased.[viii]
As the snow piles up and the winter chill takes hold, I look back fondly at this year's 4th of July celebration at Plymouth Notch.
As autumn takes hold, with winter on the horizon, I think back wistfully to this year's 4th of July celebration in Plymouth Notch. Such a great memory for me, and I'd like to share it.
A few weeks ago, I posted a request askign any friends that could provide assistance with coworkers little 4th grade son on trying to get a post card from every state with a fact about the state written on it. Below is the update and lists what states are still needed. If anyone can help with these states or have friends/family from these states that can send a post card, it would be appreciated. Does not have to be a picture potcard so much as a plain post card with a note on it and addressed to the school and mailed from your state. Thanks for any additional help you can give? Coworker's note to me:These are states still needed if you can be of any assistance: Okay, here is the list: Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Rhode Island. My original post stated: My son Connor is in the 4th grade at Glendale Elementary School. They are studying the 50 states. They would like to receive a post card from each state. If at all possible, could you please send a state-themed post card to them. Also if you are able, please include a fact about your state on the post card. Please mail the post card to Glendale Elementary, 1500 Beaver Valley Rd., Flinton, PA 16640 Attn: Mrs.Wiedemann You could write: Hey Connor, did you know (state name and a fact) Example: Hey Connor, did you know Maryland is famous for their seafood, especially Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay?
A few weeks ago, I posted a request askign any friends that could provide assistance with coworkers little 4th grade son on trying to get a post card from every state with a fact about the state written on it. Below is the update and lists what states are still needed. If anyone can help with these states or have friends/family from these states that can send a post card, it would be appreciated. Does not have to be a picture potcard so much as a plain post card with a note on it and addressed to the school and mailed from your state. Thanks for any additional help you can give? Coworker's note to me:These are states still needed if you can be of any assistance: Okay, here is the list: Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Rhode Island. My original post stated: My son Connor is in the 4th grade at Glendale Elementary School. They are studying the 50 states. They would like to receive a post card from each state. If at all possible, could you please send a state-themed post card to them. Also if you are able, please include a fact about your state on the post card. Please mail the post card to Glendale Elementary, 1500 Beaver Valley Rd., Flinton, PA 16640 Attn: Mrs.Wiedemann You could write: Hey Connor, did you know (state name and a fact) Example: Hey Connor, did you know Maryland is famous for their seafood, especially Blue Crab from the Chesapeake Bay?
What a great day in Plymouth Notch on the 4th of July! Recorded some of the ceremonies and even had a chance to talk to the President himself!

Our Vision is to become the gateway to all things Coolidge.

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation was established by a group of Coolidge enthusiasts including John Coolidge, the son of President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge; Franklin S. Billings, Jr., Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court; Edward Connery Lathem, Dartmouth College Librarian and Dean of the Libraries and distinguished author; Vrest ...Orton; Consuelo Northrup Bailey; Deane C. Davis and other such luminaries of the period. The Foundation was formed in part to redress the fact that there is no federally funded presidential library for Calvin Coolidge, our 30th U.S. President.

We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization charged with the responsibility for Calvin Coolidge’s legacy. We will use our unique location at Plymouth Notch, organizational strengths and passion, to establish funding, strong partnerships, and national recognition for Calvin Coolidge. We shall encourage scholarly research and education, and shall provide a collection of archives, documents and records, that verify, clarify, and interpret Calvin Coolidge’s life, character and philosophy; thus being the gateway to all things Coolidge. Our assets shall be accessible to all students of Coolidge, scholars, universities and research organizations. The nation will be inspired to use Calvin Coolidge as a key to solving relevant national and international issues.

Mission: Our Mission is to open the eyes of the world to Calvin Coolidge.

The story of the 1924 election is as interesting as the result is satisfying! How did Coolidge pull off a landslide victory in a three-way race that split his own party? What happened to make the Democratic party convention go to 100-plus ballots? What was the rift in the GOP? Join us this Thursday for our latest virtual lecture to find out!

Author Garland Tucker will discuss the 1924 presidential election and his book, "The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election." Mr. Tucker will be interviewed by Coolidge Foundation chair and presidential biographer Amity Shlaes. Following the presentation, Mr. Tucker will answer audience questions.

We hope you will join us this Thursday, June 4 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time for another great Coolidge Foundation online event. Please email C.C. Borzilleri ([email protected]) to register.

Here's the latest on our Coolidge Cup debate tournament which will take place online this year. Interested in judging? Please reach out to Debate Director Jared Rhoads ([email protected]) for more information.

This event begins in under one hour! Email [email protected] if you would like the information to join the call - we hope to see you there!

Join the Coolidge Foundation’s next virtual event, Thursday May 28 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Historian David Pietrusza will discuss his masterful book, “1920: The Year of Six Presidents.” Hear all about the Harding-Coolidge campaign for “normalcy” as we mark the 100th anniversary of the 1920 election that brought Calvin Coolidge to national office as vice president to Warren G. Harding.

Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes will interview Mr. Pietrusza. Following the interview, Mr. Pietrusza will answer audience questions.

We hope you'll join us. Please email C.C. Borzilleri ([email protected]) to receive the log-in information for this virtual conversation.

Join the Coolidge Foundation’s next virtual event, Thursday May 28 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Historian David Pietrusza will discuss his masterful book, “1920: The Year of Six Presidents.” Hear all about the Harding-Coolidge campaign for “normalcy” as we mark the 100th anniversary of the 1920 election that brought Calvin Coolidge to national office as vice president to Warren G. Harding.

Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes will interview Mr. Pietrusza. Following the interview, Mr. Pietrusza will answer audience questions.

We hope you'll join us. Please email C.C. Borzilleri ([email protected]) to receive the log-in information for this virtual conversation.

President Coolidge gave annual addresses to commemorate Memorial Day throughout his presidency. In 1924 he appeared at Arlington National Cemetery to deliver a speech remembering those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country:

"It is the men and women whose actions between 1861 and 1865 gave us union and peace that we are met here this day to commemorate. When we seek for the chief characteristic of those actions, we come back to the word which I have already uttered; renunciation. They gave up ease and home and safety and braved every impending danger and mortal peril that they might accomplish these ends. They thereby became in this Republic a body of citizens set apart and marked for every honor so long as our Nation shall endure. Here on this wooded eminence, overlooking the Capital of the country for which they fought, many of them repose, officers of high rank and privates mingling in a common dust, holding the common veneration of a grateful people. The heroes of other wars lie with them, and in a place of great preeminence lies one whose identity is unknown, save that he was a soldier of this Republic who fought that its ideals, its institutions, its liberties, might be perpetuated among men. A grateful country holds all these services as her most priceless heritage, to be cherished forevermore."

The whole speech is available on our website, along with many others thanks to our Coolidge Speech Project. You can find it here: https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/resources/speeches-as-president-1923-1928-6/

(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Did Coolidge cause the Great Depression? That's the question Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes and president Matt Denhart will consider in our third virtual event -- this Thursday 5/21 at 12:00 PM Eastern. We hope you will join us for this online event! Please RSVP to C.C. Borzilleri ([email protected]) to receive log-in information.

Pictured: President Calvin Coolidge, Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, and Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

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When the flu pandemic arrived in Mass. in 1918, Calvin Coolidge played a role in the response - The Boston Globe

Extra, extra, read all about it! The Boston Globe wrote up a preview of our event coming up on Monday 5/18. Read the coverage here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/15/metro/when-flu-pandemic-arrived-mass-1918-calvin-coolidge-played-role-response/

We hope you can join us on Monday for the digital event at 12:00 PM Eastern time. Please email C.C. Borzilleri ([email protected]) to receive the dial-in information.

bostonglobe.com Patients were dying from a mysterious virus, and there was a shortage of healthcare workers. Museums, schools, and restaurants abruptly closed. Those were just some of the issues that Calvin Coolidge had to deal during the fall of 1918.

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Take a few minutes to check out this film documentary produced by three Champlain College students for their senior capstone project. One of the students, Travis Washington, came to the Coolidge State Historic Site last December to do some research about early Vermont sheet music and specifically, Grace Coolidge. Donald Harpster, former College of St. Joseph professor and current Coolidge Site interpreter, is interviewed; film clips featuring the Coolidges appear throughout the film. Don't forget to turn on the volume so you can enjoy every word, lyric, and note!

[05/12/20]   Join us Monday, May 18 at noon EDT for our second virtual discussion. Jared Rhoads, Coolidge Foundation debate director, and in-house public health expert, will offer a briefing on Lt. Governor Coolidge’s response to the 1918 influenza outbreak. There are similarities, differences, and lessons to be learned and applied today. Be prepared to ask questions and learn historical context for our current situation.

Email C.C. Borzilleri, [email protected], for access to this online event.

Ellie Rose Mattoon, Coolidge Volunteer Scribe and 2019 Senator, edited this speech for online publication and shared this comment about it: "Coolidge delivered this speech in the shadow of World War One, when the global community was still experimenting with ways to make sure that it would be the war to end all wars. The new concepts of international arbitration and conflict resolution have slowly carried over to the United Nations, and I have done Model UN for the past several years of high school. To see Coolidge invested in something of global importance and precedence is a refreshing vignette during America’s isolationism."

One hundred years ago this week, a period when Prohibition was federal law, Governor Coolidge found himself under increased pressure to sign into law an act making "near beer" legal in the Bay State. This was a tough choice for Calvin.

On the one hand, many Massachusetts businesses were desperate for something to serve to keep their establishments alive. On the other hand, for Massachusetts to make near beer legal was to flout the newly signed Volstead Act and the 18th Amendment. Coolidge opted to respect constitutional law; his veto of HB 38 and accompanying message can be found in an item we've recently added to our Coolidge Virtual Library here: https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/resources/a-message-to-the-legislature-of-massachusetts-accompanying-the-governors-veto/

The below New York Times clipping from May 4, 1920 captures the future president's quandary.

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Check out this Vermont springtime tour, courtesy of Vermont State Historic Sites!

Can you spot the spring scenes from the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site?

We invite you to join us on a virtual tour to the blossoming of springtime at the Vermont State Historic Sites. Turn on your volume.

What would Calvin do? Ask our Chairman, and best-selling Coolidge biographer, Amity Shlaes anything you’d like to know about President Coolidge and his era or principles. Amity will be live next Monday, May 4 at 12:00 PM and she would love to get to know members of our Coolidge community.

Please email [email protected] to receive the dial-in information for the call

On this day, April 24, the world gathers in recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day to honor those who lost their lives in this horrific event.

President Calvin Coolidge, pictured here in December of 1925, received a rug made by Armenian orphans who had lost their parents in the tragedy. Coolidge kept the rug out in the White House for the duration of his presidency and then moved it with him to Northampton in retirement. The rug was returned to the White House in 1982. It was most recently displayed in the Obama White House in 2014 after a public movement encouraged the president to bring the rug out into public view.

(Photo via Library of Congress)

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Build Coolidge a Library organized by Rob Hammer

The Coolidge Foundation is launching a crowdfunded campaign to build President Calvin Coolidge a digital library! Support our GoFundMe campaign today and be a founding part of "30's" virtual library. Your donation will help ensure the preservation and dissemination of President Coolidge's legacy for generations to come.

Donate today at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/build-coolidge-a-library

gofundme.com President Calvin Coolidge is the last president not to have a modern, government-funded, president… Rob Hammer needs your support for Build Coolidge a Library

It’s raining all across New England today - so here is a photo of President Coolidge braving the rain to greet a group of doctors visiting Washington for the annual Convention of the American Medical Association on May 18, 1927. Coolidge’s own doctor advised him against venturing out in the rain for a prolonged engagement, but the president disregarded the advice to pay tribute to these health care workers.

In this uncertain time, the Coolidge Foundation echoes President Coolidge and his appreciation for health care workers. THANK YOU to all who are serving their communities and putting themselves in harm’s way as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the globe.

(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

We hope everyone enjoys a restful, early Spring weekend! Calvin Coolidge is pictured here, pre-presidency in 1915, enjoying a good book. That year he served as a President of the State Senate of Massachusetts, and in November he was elected Lieutenant-Governor.

If you have plans to read something over the weekend, what are you diving into?

(Photo via Library of Congress)

This speech, recently put online as part of our Coolidge Speech Digitization Project, was delivered in front of an assembly of the world’s leading soil scientists gathered to share their research.

Our volunteer Dennis Peterson helped us edit this speech and shared these words about what it meant to him: "Because almost all of the world’s food supply comes, either directly or indirectly, from the soil, it is critical that we use that soil wisely and take steps to maintain and enhance its productivity. That necessitates not only regular and ongoing research and experimentation but also sharing of the results of that research among the nations of the world. Learning best practices from each other will ensure the continued productivity of the earth and the sustenance of mankind."

Thank you, Dennis, and all of our volunteers, for helping with this exciting project! To sign up as a volunteer, please visit: https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/coolidge-speech-project/

April 15 usually means one thing for the United States: Tax Day. While this year is a little different, it's still a great opportunity to look at the legacy of the nation's 30th president.

One of the most commonly quoted pieces of wisdom from President Coolidge comes from his thoughts on taxation, expressed in his 1925 State of the Union address: “The collection of any taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them. The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity. The property of the country belongs to the people of the country. Their title is absolute.”

In the image here, courtesy of the Library of Congress, President Coolidge signs the 1926 Income Tax Bill, also known as the Mellon Tax Bill in recognition of Coolidge’s treasury secretary Andrew Mellon. This law decreased the top tax rate, for those making more than $100,000 per year, to 25% annually. This rate remained in place until 1928.

A more detailed history of President Coolidge’s work on tax policy throughout his time in office, visit this post on our site from 2015: https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/blog/tax-policy-coolidge-style/

[04/13/20]   "The farm year began about the first of April, with the opening of the maple sugar season." --- the President's autobiography.

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Join the Coolidge Foundation in helping to preserve and digitize President Coolidge's speeches by volunteering as a "Coolidge Scribe" today!

https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/coolidge-speech-project/

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The Flu in Coolidge’s Time

COVID-19 isn't the first pandemic that the United States has dealt with. In Coolidge's time, it was the Spanish Flu.

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coolidgefoundation.org The Flu in Coolidge’s Time March 19, 2020 In 1918, while Calvin Coolidge was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, the outbreak of Spanish Influenza hit the United States and wreaked havoc across the nation. Massachusetts was hit hard. By late September of that year, there had been an estimated 50...

On this day 100 years ago, Calvin said...

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Presidents’ Day at the Notch

Celebrate President's Day in Plymouth Notch and hear from former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and presidential historian, David Pietrusza on his book - "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents." The first 15 guests will receive a free copy!

https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/events/presidents-day-at-the-notch/

coolidgefoundation.org « All Events Presidents’ Day at the Notch Event Navigation « January 22 – DC Open House Coolidge Debate League Tournament » Celebrate Presidents’ Day and the 100th anniversary of the 1920 Harding-Coolidge election at Plymouth Notch! This will be an open-house event from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM o...

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Home Page - The Coolidge | A Scholarship for America

The 2020 Coolidge Scholarship application is now open! High school juniors interested in a full-ride scholarship to any college or university in the United States can apply today at www.coolidgescholars.org.

coolidgescholars.org The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.

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Enjoy peak foliage in Plymouth Notch at the 2019 Coolidge 5K this Saturday, October 12th! Register at: https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/coolidge-5k/

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Coolidge 5K and 1-Mile Walk | Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

Will you choose to run? Join us for the Second Annual Coolidge 5K and the "I Do Not Choose to Run" 1-Mile Walk in scenic Plymouth Notch!
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coolidgefoundation.org Coolidge 5K and 1-Mile Walk   Will you choose to run? Join us on Saturday, October 12th, 2019, in scenic Plymouth Notch for the 2nd Annual Coolidge 5K! Non-runners are invited to participate in the “I Do Not Choose to Run” 1-Mile Walk, which takes place after the race. Runners will explore the ...

[08/21/19]   The Coolidge Foundation mourns the death of Foundation trustee and officer Arthur Crowley, Esquire, long-time friend, perspicacious adviser, loyal ally. Our condolences to Mary Crowley, the Crowley family, and Art's Rutland community.

Remember this night? The largest ever July 3rd annual dinner featuring Coolidge Trivia, the Nation’s top 16 Coolidge Cup debaters, key-note speaker Dr. Roberto Salinas-León, and a full fireworks display. To be resolved: what was your favorite part of the evening? Comment below!

What do sparks, Plymouth Notch, and President Coolidge all have in common? FIREWORKS!!! Kick off your Independence Day celebrations early with fireworks at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic site on July 3rd at 9:00 PM!

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