Vermilion County Museum Complex, Danville, IL

     While on our way home from a week of lectures in Indianapolis, IN, we stopped in Danville, IL, to see the Vermilion County Museum Complex.  The Museum itself is a replica of the 1833 courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.  Right next door is the 1855 Dr. William Fithian Home where Lincoln stayed whenever he was in town.

Vermilion County Museum
116 N. Gilbert Street
Danville, IL  61832
217-442-2922
fax 217-442-2001

A Lincoln Site on the
National Register of Historic Places

Lincoln spoke from a balcony of the Fithian Home on September 21, 1858 

Hours
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  
Closed Sundays & Mondays
Museum Center Cost:
Adults $2.50: teens 13-17 $1.00
Children 12 and under – free

Museum and Fithian Home Cost:
Adults $4.00: teens 13-17 $1.00
Children 12 and under – free

Please Call
for More Information

email: webmaster@vermilioncountymuseum.org
or susricht@aol.com

Fithian Home, built in 1855, in foreground.
Museum Center, opened in 2002 in background
.

Visit the Vermilion County Museum Complex

The exterior of the Vermilion County Museum was designed to
 resemble  the old Vermilion County Courthouse of 1833.   
The main building is located directly behind the Fithian Home, 
which is a Lincoln Site on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Traveling from I-74, take the Gilbert Street Exit North. Continue North over the Big Vermilion River bridge.  The Museum will be about two blocks north of the river and past Main Street on your left.

     We didn’t have time, but also in Danville is the Lamon House in historic Lincoln Park, the home of Lincoln’s law partner in Danville, which is open on Sunday afternoons during the summer season, and the Vermilion County War Museum, located in the old Carnegie Library Building at 307 N. Vermilion St.

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Home School Book Review

     If you love books, check out Home School Book Review ( http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/ ), a  blog devoted to book reviews, primarily of children’s literature and books for teens/young adults, from a Biblical worldview by a homeschooling father.  There are over 2,300 reviews that you can search through by title, author’s name, or categories, and a new review is added almost every day.  Some of the books that were reviewed in June, 2012, include the following:

Jun 29th, 2012: River Rampage: The Sam Cooper Adventure Series, Volume 3 (by Max Elliot Anderson)
Jun 28th, 2012: The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (by Owen Wister)
Jun 27th, 2012: Ernie Pyle’s War: America’s Eyewitness to World War II (by James Tobin)
Jun 25th, 2012: The Story of the Other Wise Man (by Henry Van Dyke)
Jun 24th, 2012: Shakespeare’s Scribe (by Gary Blackwell)
Jun 21st, 2012: Transported: The Adventures of Thomas and Claire (by homeschool dad Paul Hankins)
Jun 16th, 2012: A Triumph for Flavius (by Caroline Dale Snedeker)
Jun 10th, 2012: Ten P’s in a Pod: A Million-Mile Journal of the Arnold Pent Family (by Arnold Pent III)
Jun 7th, 2012: Arthur and the Forbidden City (by Luc Besson)
Jun 5th, 2012: The Forgotten Daughter (by Caroline Dale Snedeker)
Jun 4th, 2012: The Penny: A Novel (by Joyce Meyer)
Jun 3rd, 2012: The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative with Gnonsense, but Gnothing Gnaughty (by Upton Sinclair)

     Our winner for the book of the month is…..

Transported: The Adventures of Thomas and Claire

Transported by Paul Hankins.

Runners-up are River Rampage by Max Elliot Anderson and Ten P’s in a Pod by Arnold Pent III.

July, 2012, issue of Biblical Homeschooling newsletter

     As I mentioned yesterday, BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING is as free, monthly e-mail newsletter of general interest, encouragement, and information for homeschooling Christians edited by Wayne S. Walker of Salem, a gospel preacher and homeschooling father of two boys. 

     The table of contents for the July, 2012 (Volume 14, Number 12) issue is as follows:

1. REHEARING SOUGHT ON DECISION AFFIRMING SPIT WADS ARE ‘WEAPONS’:

Virginia Supreme Court turns back effort to overturn ‘criminal’ case

By Bob Unruh, WND (November 4, 2011)

2. CAN HOMESCHOOLERS DO WELL IN COLLEGE?

By Lynn O’Shaughnessy (July 20, 2010)

3. FOUR TIPS FOR YOUR COLLEGE BOUND HOMESCHOOLD KID

By Nadia Jones (Friday, November 4, 2011)

4. ‘GAY’ INDOCTRINATION IN BULL’S-EYE OF NEW CAMPAIGN:

Voters could rescind demand to promote sexual alternatives to kids

By Bob Unruh, WND

5. YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT’S ‘NEXT’ IN RADICAL SEX AGENDA:

Teachers’ union reportedly plans to ‘liberate’ children’s ‘identity’  by Drew Zahn

6. ATTORNEY: ‘GENDER LIBERATION’ TO SPREAD

By Becky Yeh, OneNewsNow California correspondent (1/5/2012)

7. PUBLIC SCHOOLING AND HOMESCHOOLING

By Olivia, posted on the churchofchristhomeschoolers list

8. DO YOUR CHILDREN KNOW WHO THEY REALLY ARE?

By David Webb (Monday, January 17, 2011)

9. NEW HAMPSHIRE LEANRS LESSON IN PARENTAL RIGHTS

By Marybeth Hicks (Jan. 11, 2012)

10. LOST IN THE PRAYERS OF ATHEISTS: TEBOW’S ON GOD’S SIDE, NOT VICE VERSA

By Lincoln Brown

11. RAISING TEBOW By Bill Bumpas, OneNewsNow (1/13/2012)

12. HATING TIM TEBOW By Matt Barber (1/13/2012)

13. THE DENIGRATION OF TEBOW THE CHRISTIAN By Jeff Carter

14. THE LORD SHALL ENDURE FOREVER by Wayne S. Walker

15. THE DAY OF PENTECOST (Acts chapter 2) By Wayne S. Walker

16. DEMS KILL CRACKDOWN ON TEACHER-STUDENT SEX:

‘Another reason for conscientious parents to flee government school system’

by Bob Unruh

17. SAVAGE SPEECH REVEALS DOUBLE STANDARD

By Kevin Theriot at Townhall.com (May 1, 2012)

18. WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP: SIMPLE STEPS TO AVOIDING BURNOUT

By Cindi McMenamin

19. TWO WAYS TO EDUCATE by Rose Shane, a grown homeschooler

20. CHILDREN MAY SOON BE ABLE TO HAUL THEIR PARENTS BEFORE A UN TRIBUNAL

By Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org (June 23, 2011)

     Anyone may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/.  For further information, you can send an e-mail to  wswalker310@juno.com .

Biblical Homeschooling newslettere

     BIBLICAL HOMESCHOOLING is a free, e-mail monthly newsletter of general interest, encouragement,  and information for homeschooling Christians edited by Wayne S. Walker, a gospel preacher and homeschooling father of Salem, IL.  Anyone may subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to biblicalhomeschooling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and then following the instructions that will be sent, or by signing up on the web at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/biblicalhomeschooling/   For more information, you may e-mail: wswalker310@juno.com .
     The following item will appear in a future edition:

13. TOP TEN REASONS FOR HOMESCHOOLING

By Wayne S. Walker

     10. Your kids are less likely to meet up with kids like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (remember Columbine High School in Colorado?).

     9. Hence, there are no metal detectors and uniformed security guards through which they must pass at the door.

     8. Your child will miss the experience of being taken into the restroom by bullies and beaten up for his lunch money.

     7. Students can pursue their own interests by studying things that will actually broaden their horizons rather than only things on the state proficiency tests.

     6. There are no lockers where people have to wonder if guns or drugs are hidden.

     5. Tons of unnecessary homework don’t ruin every evening’s plans.

     4. Socialization and exposure to the evils of the “real world” are done at times and places which are under your control.

     3. Children learn more easily in natural situations.

     2. Family relationships will be better.

     1. A child is too precious to waste.

     (And this list doesn’t even cover things like being taught evolutionary theory as fact, immoral sex education including condom use, relativistic “values clarification,” how to get an abortion from Planned Parenthood without your parents’ permission or knowledge, and such like!)

Rockville Academy, Rockville, MD

The Former Rockville Academy Photo, Click for full size

     In 1805, the Maryland General Assembly appointed a commission to raise money for a school lot and a fire engine for Rockville. The Rockville Academy was chartered and authorized to hire teachers in 1809. In 1812 and 1813, a number of lots were purchased between Adams Street and Jefferson Street, and construction of the original rectangular brick Federal style building was completed in 1813.  The academy was one of two secondary schools in the county.  Rockville Academy continued in the original building until 1890 when it was replaced by the present Queen Anne design style school. From 1917 to 1935, it housed the Rockville public elementary school for grades 1-3 and later, the Library Association. The building was vacant, deteriorated, and threatened with demolition when it was purchased and renovated for office use in 1980. The City of Rockville purchased the surrounding land with Project Open Space funds for a public park. 

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