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  • The Last Stand

    The Last Stand

    Centuries ago, the forests in the Eastern United States were much different than they are now. They were dominated by a giant known as the American Chestnut. Unfortunately, a disease that came to be known as the Chestnut blight began killing the trees in 1904 and almost decimated the species by the 1950s. Luckily, though, a Wisconsin farmer with a love for Chestnut planted several of them on his farm which happened to be outside the natural range of the blight. The trees were able to grow, and a stand of them still exists today.


  • Wooden Highways

    Wooden Highways

    There was a time in our past when our roads were not made of concrete or asphalt, but instead they were made of wooden planks. Today’s roadways may seem more efficient, but depending on your mode of transportation, wooden planks may be the best route. Learn when wooden plank roads would be more appropriate!


  • A New Year's Proclamation

    A New Year's Proclamation

    On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln changed the course of the Civil War and the United States with his declaration of the Emancipation Proclamation. He considered it one of the most important aspects of his legacy, and it gave freedom to slaves in ten states. Several months passed before the reading of the proclamation reached the Southern states, but its first Southern reading could not have occurred at a more appropriate place.


  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    Today, most movie sets and visual effects are created by computers. Before technology was advanced enough for this, though, film crews had to build movie sets by hand. Favorite holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life” was released on Christmas Day in 1946 and its set ended up being one of the most elaborate sets ever made.


  • Yuletide Timber

    Yuletide Timber

    While it may seem that Christmas trees spend eleven months of the year waiting for their time to shine in December, they actually see pretty steady action all year round. The most popular Christmas tree specie, Douglas Fir, has also played an equally iconic role in building our country.


  • Constitution Grove

    Constitution Grove

    When the U.S. Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794, they approved to fund the construction of four wooden warships. One of those warships was the USS Constitution, which today is the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat. After 200 years, the ship still contains 12% of its original wood planking. Currently, the ship is docked for repairs but preparations for the restoration started a few years ago with the selection of acceptable White Oak timbers to repair the old vessel. The timbers need to be at least 30 to 40 feet long, 6 inches thick, and have no defects. Trees like this are extremely hard to find, but the USS Constitution has its own forest of such trees to pick through.


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