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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 1619 Project, Jump Back!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1619 Project, Jump Back!

RUMOR HAS IT… AMERICA IS 400 YEARS OLD

That’s right. On Nov. 11, 1620, the Pilgrims from Holland landed in America and signed the “Compact” “America’s First Constitution.”

…Those who signed the document, called the Mayflower Compact, made a commitment to govern themselves. For the first time in history, they united “together into a civil body politic …to enact…such just and equal laws…unto which” they promised “all due…obedience .”

As we continue the celebration of the 400th anniversary of America, the Liberty Tree Society, Walpole, N.H., is offering to send you, at no cost, a Mayflower Compact Certificate. Two certificates are offered; The Mayflower Descendants Certificate has a blank lineage panel which descendants fill in or if individuals send a list complete with names and birth dates of ancestors, Liberty Tree Society will fill it in and email it to you. The certificate is suitable for framing.

Those interested in history but who are not Mayflower descendants may request a Mayflower Certificate without the lineage panel.

The Liberty Tree Society seeks to celebrate the Liberty Tree of Boston where Freedom was born. 150 years later, after landing in Plymouth, Mass., descendants of the Compact signers rallied around the Liberty Tree and organized the Revolution which set them free.

More information about the society is available at their website www.libertytreesociety.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.18

Freedom, Justice,

And Thurgood Marshall

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FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. The Freedom and Justice Series continues with a film charting the early legal career of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice on the US Supreme Court. Free, open to the public. Fellowship Hall, The First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9371 or visit www.facebook.com/ctownfirstbaptist/

ENGINEERING – Noon – 4 p.m. Kids explore a wide collection of engineering kits, activities, plus a thematic challenge. Admission, $5. Oneonta World of Learning, 167 Youngs Rd., Oneonta. Call 607-431-8543 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaWorldofLearning/

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