Music For The Home: The Piano

Through the late 1700s pianos—like all musical instruments—were constructed by hand in specialized craftsmen’s workshops:  Even the most productive European manufacturers only built a couple dozen pianos a year.  However, innovations in construction technique (first larger workforces, later mass-production approaches and steam technology) increased European production of pianos by a factor of 100 between the … Continue reading

Stonehenge And The Early Inhabitants of Britain

Stonehenge is a circular setting of large stone blocks located about eight miles north of Salisbury, in Wiltshire, England.  Nobody really knows for certain who actually built Stonehenge or why.  However, archaeological evidence provides a clear indication of when Stonehenge was built, and everyone agrees that it is a remarkable feat of engineering and construction. … Continue reading

The Geography of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Earthquakes are sudden disturbances inside the Earth that generate seismic waves in the crust.  They happen all of the time; most of them are so small that sensitive instruments are needed to detect them.  When major earthquakes occur, they do considerable damage to the land—affecting agriculture and public works—and to cities, resulting in destruction of … Continue reading

George Washington – Repression of The Whiskey Rebellion (1794)

Repression of the Whiskey Rebellion (1794) The stalwart and physically imposing tall Virginian rarely spoke, stood rigidly upright, and moved with a regal stride, bringing some to the false conclusion that he was pompous. George Washington was among the least uneducated of the Founding Fathers. General Washington took a great deal of time to consider and … Continue reading

Johannes Gutenberg – The Printing Press

With his invention of the printing press, Gutenberg was the first European to use movable type printing, around 1439 A.D. Gutenberg’s invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of the modern period. To Read the Full Article, Download File: Johannes Gutenberg – The … Continue reading