Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863
Alexander Bliss Copy

Upcoming Events November 13-19, 2015

Sorry it’s a bit late but here are a few options to make your weekend enjoyable.

The Spacecoast Postcard Club will be holding a show this Saturday in Rockledge. Admission is $3 or click on the link and print a $1 off coupon. I plan on being there at some point.

The 39th Annual Daytona Greek Festival will be held over the entire weekend at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy music, dancing, and plenty of food.

If you live in Ormond Beach check the 7th Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival.  The event runs both Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

The Volusia County Fair closes on Sunday. Click the link for an entertainment schedule and for pricing.

On Thursday, November 19 the New Smyrna Museum of History will present Zach Zacharias from the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. He will be discussing Lost Roadside Attractions. Zach is a popular local speaker so it should be a great event. Free admission though donations are appreciated. The talk starts at 6:30pm.

Upcoming Events November 7-14, 2015

Here are a few upcoming events in the Central Florida area that might be of interest to you. If you know of others, or have an event you would like to promote, please let me know. I’d be glad to list it.

Saturday, November 7 9a-5p 1st Annual New Smyrna Beach Antique and Vintage Market. This will take place on Canal Street. Click here to see the poster for the event. For more information call 386-426-7825.

Sunday, November 8 at 2pm the Menorcan Cultural Society of St. Augustine will hold the annual Menorcan Walk. The walk will start at the Father Camps statue at the Cathedral (corner of St. George and Cathedral Place) and will proceed to Tolomato Cemetery. They are asking that you arrive by 1:30pm and wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

Thursday, November 12 at 1:30 the New Smyrna Museum of History presents Andrew Foster. Mr. Foster is the great grandson of Charles Coe. Coe was an author, historian, collector, newspaper publisher, and more. The Glencoe area of New Smyrna Beach is named for the Coe family. Mr. Coe will be presenting family history and will have artifacts on display. The event is free but donations are appreciated.

Saturday, November 14 from 9a-5p the Space Coast Post Card Club will be sponsoring a show at the Knights of Columbus building located at 3435 S. Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge. Admission is $3 or get a $1 coupon from the website. Call 321-720-1379 for further details.

Saturday, November 14 at 9:30a the Ormond Beach Historical Society presents Dan Friend who will be discussing DeLand Tug Boats. 42 N. Beach Street in Ormond Beach. Call 386-677-7005 for details. $2 admission for non members.


Dewey Defeats Truman; or something like that


On November 2, 1948 Harry Truman defeated New York Governor Thomas Dewey for the presidency. If you had read the Chicago Daily Tribune though you might have thought differently.

Read more about the election and the newspaper mistake here. You can read more about the photo by clicking here. If you have an original of the newspaper  that is in excellent condition you might be able to find a buyer for right around $2,000 on a good day.