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I love history. Ok lets be real, history is one of the few subjects I did well in.

So why did you not study history?

Simple, their are not many jobs and you probably need advanced degrees. Meanwhile I can rant about history on a blog to people without a degree.

Saoba Stones

Saoba Stones

Saoba StonesSaoba Stones

After visiting Rareseed Pasture we drove up to the Wuhe terrace.  Located in the rift valley Wuhe terrace is a popular place for growing both coffee and tea. I passed over the terrace on my Chinese New Years Bike trip in 2017.  One of the most interesting parts of the terrace is the Saoba Stones.

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Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

It was my second time in Hong Kong and I decided to just leave my hotel and walk around the city. I saw the sign for the Hong Kong Museum of History when walking and decided that that sounded interesting to me. Yes, museums may kind of be my thing. So off I wandered until I found the Museum. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui the “Hong Kong Story” exhibit is free to enter.

Bell set at Hong Kong Museum of History Boat at Hong Kong Museum of History Seven Sisters Festival Hong Kong Museum of History

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Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

 

I had forgotten I had filmed this. I took this video during my September visit to the USA. Danial Shays’ Rebellion was an early challenge to the pre-constitution USA government. In fact, the final showdown took place in Petersham Massachusetts where my father had grown up.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum model JunkCentral Pier 8

Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world and has been a historically important port. Naturally, this makes the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a great place to check out. The museum is located at Central Pier 8 and only costs 30 HKD to enter. This makes it easy to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon where I was staying to the Museum.

Despite being the type to get sea sick I actually kind of like boats. Well, maybe I like the idea of being on a boat out on the ocean better than the actual reality. Maybe a canoe or a kayak on a lake is more my speed but so his reading about history.

 

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Boston 2017

Boston 2017

Boston

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dating back to 1630. Like most cities, it has a large metropolitan area around the city proper. Boston had the United States first public school, public park, and subway system. Boston played a central role in the early United States History.

Anyway, John and I took the train from Lowel to Boston then grabbed the Green Line to Boston Common. Despite working for the last few years in Boston John does not spend a lot of time exploring the city. I had not been to Boston since 2009 when I went with my GF at the time.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Smith Birthplace

Joseph Smith Birthplace

Obelisk at Joseph Smith BirthplaceJoseph Smith Birthplace

Joseph Smith was the founder and prophet of the Mormon faith. Mormonism started in America but its members can now be found around the globe. In fact, I often see Mormon missionaries in Taiwan. They are very easy to spot, they are wearing conservative clothing, actually wear safety vests and helmets when bicycling and in general, look either lost, bored or frustrated.

All through my life, I had seen signs for Joseph Smiths birthplace when visiting family in Vermont. Just like the Billings Rockefeller Mansion, I decided to visit last time I was in the USA. Admission is free and a nice missionary will give you a tour of the area. When it is open varies depending on the time of year but you can call 802-763-7742 to get times.

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Barre Historical Society

Barre Historical Society

Fire place at Barre Historical Society Barre

The town of Barre was were I grew up. It is a rural area that is not far from major urban areas. Despite being in a very different place now, it was a great place to grow up. Located in Worchester County it was incorporated in 1774 as Hutchinson after Thomas Hutchinson the Governor of the colony. However, in 1776 it was renamed Barre after Isaac Barre, a Parliament member that opposed the stamp tax. The Barre Historical Society is on the west side of the town common at 18 Common St. Barre Historical Society is open on Thursdays from 10 am until noon and on Sundays during the farmers market (summer mornings) and can be called at 978-355-4978.

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Luodong Forest Culture Park

Luodong Forest Culture Park

Wood at Luodong Forest Culture Park The last field trip

My first year and first job in Taiwan was coming to a close. My first field trip had been to a mountain, this one was too the Luodong Forest Culture Park.  It was not my first trip to the Forest Culture Park but it was my most memorable. When the rain was forcing us to take cover we played games and I showed the students how some of the old logging methods worked. The strange mix of history, art, nature and old wood made a strangely compelling mix.

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Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller Mansion

Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller Mansion

Woodstock

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion historic markerWoodstock Vermont is the type of place you drive through the center and think, “I wonder what a house hear costs”. The short answer is a lot. The Rockefeller and Billings families influenced the growth of the town. The Rockefeller’s were responsible for the creation of the Woodstock country club, where I tried to learn to golf. That family also paid to have all the power lines in town buried to make it look nicer. The Billings family also was wealthy and set up their own farm where they used experimental farming methods and conducted research. Naturally having a string of well-known wealthy families attracted more wealthy and well-known families to the area. The  Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion became a park in 1992 when it was transferred to the government.

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Hardwick Historical Society

Hardwick Historical Society

Hardwick

Hardwick is a small town next to the one I grew up in. Made up of the villages of Hardwick, Gilbertville, Wheelwright, and Old Furnace. The town of Hardwick was settled in 1737 and incorporated in 1739. The Hardwick Historical Society was founded in 1961 and bought its current building from the town for one dollar. The building was the site of a school until the 1930’s. Latter it was used for engineers working on the Quabbin reservoir before becoming a meeting place for boy scoots and polling.

Located on the east side of the town common, in a brick building.  The Hardwick Historical Society is open Sundays from 12 to 2 PM. In addition you can find them on Facebook.

 

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