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First in the Field: Excerpt from a Speech Delivered at the Department of the Treasury by Mark Walston

  The history of the Treasury Department is, in many ways, the story of America itself, an engaging tale of how a nation grows from the teetering first steps of self-governance to the bold strides of a world leader moving assuredly through an increasingly complex global society. As the third-born of the family of federal … Continue reading

Charles Francis Jenkins and the Birth of TV

In 1929, inventor Charles Francis Jenkins built a small, unassuming bungalow at the corner of Windham Lane and Georgia Avenue in Wheaton, Maryland. From the outside, the property seemed a simple suburban house—except for the two, 125-foot steel towers rising from the yard. Inside, something remarkable was happening: Engineers were busy in the home’s five … Continue reading

Hayes Manor and the Fall of the Reverend Alexander Williamson

In 1767, the Reverend Alexander Williamson, head of the Anglican parish that encompassed Central Maryland, ventured out to his 700-acre parcel of land north of the modern town of Chevy Chase to inspect the construction of his new country manor. Williamson was known as the “Sporting Parson” because of his love for fox-hunting and cock-fighting, … Continue reading

Predictive Analytics at Valdosta State University — and New Revelations on the Road to Retention

By 2020, a projected 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some form of a college education, whether a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. Today, only 42 percent of the state’s young adults — its burgeoning workforce — qualify. Yet the answer is not simply opening the doors of academe a little wider. … Continue reading

The Confederate in the Courthouse Square

In 1911, on the 50th anniversary of the battle of Manassas—the first major encounter of the Civil War—a crowd of about 10,000 people gathered on the Virginia battlefield to celebrate what was called the “Peace Jubilee.” Confederate and Union veterans attended. President William Howard Taft gave the keynote address. An air of camaraderie enveloped the … Continue reading

The Global Public University

In a world ever more connected, where technical, social and economic forces rapidly integrate people once divided by distance and circumstance, there grows a concomitant need for individuals that possess a global outlook – and a knowledge that can successfully bridge significant cultural gaps. Indeed, the transition from an industrial-based society has brought on a … Continue reading

Ex-Slaves in America

In April of 1936, the Federal Writer’s Project of the Works Progress Administration – one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s government make-work programs aimed at aiding the displaced of the Great Depression – deployed a diverse group of unemployed white-collar workers out into the field, tasked with the curious mission of locating and interviewing ex-slaves … Continue reading

Operation Whitecoat

The Cold War during the 1950s and 60s elicited a range of American responses, from carefully planned, advanced technology defenses to primal paranoia. Washington was regarded as target zero for a communist incursion. Residents of Montgomery County waited in trepidation for the wail of the air raid siren; children practiced ducking under their desks; and … Continue reading

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