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Today in History: The First Parachutist 

While Leonardo da Vinnci is credited for having conceived the concept, and Louis-Sebastien Lenormand for testing it via descent from a tree with 2 umbrellas in 1783, the parachute was successfully designed and implemented by Andre-Jacqes Garnerin, French balloonist and actual inventor of the frameless parachute. On October 22nd, 1797, Garnerin jumped from a hydrogen balloon …

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Today in History: Brussels World’s Fair Closes 

Did you know that on October 19, 1958 the Brussels World Fair, or International Exposition, at Heysel Park closed after six months? The first major show after World War II, this expo whose theme was titled, "A World View: A New Humanism", featured the Atomium, a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal. …

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Today in History: Great Emigration Departs for Oregon 

Do you recall when you were first introduced to the Oregon Trail as a unit of study? Maybe you were in fourth grade and tasked with creating a diorama or model wagon? Or had to assume the character of a pioneer, write a letter, or visit the historic site? The Oregon Trail has long been an …

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Cheaper than a Free Lunch: Budget Travel 

This post is timely because 1. winter break is approaching & 2. I am currently looking to book a trip to visit my friend in Jakarta, Indonesia.  I have never been to Southeast Asia, so, while there I'd like to visit mainly Indonesia, but possibly Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, too. I tend to pack light, …

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Learning through Cultural Immersion 

Background I’ve lived abroad for a good portion of my adult life and have always felt that no class has influenced me as much as those experiences have. But how does cultural immersion affect a learning process? Often times I've discovered it does in intangible ways. However, there is potential for a more quantifiable experience …

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