Views:367|Rating:5.00|View Time:1:9:46Minutes|Likes:2|Dislikes:0 Athens, Georgia historian and author Charlotte Thomas Marshall gives a slide tour of Oconee Hill Cemetery, where she has given walking tours for decades. The program was originally presented at Athens-Clarke County Library in May 2016, and this version was recorded at the Winterville Center for Community and Culture in November 2016.
Across the street from Sanford Stadium is Oconee Hill Cemetery, an Athens jewel and a place many Athenians have never visited. Opened in 1856, it was designed by James Camak as a Victorian natural landscape, or park-like, cemetery. Originally 17 acres, it has grown over the years to almost 100 acres, and is filled with beautiful tombstones and mausoleums marking graves with familiar names such as Cobb, Lumpkin, Church, Hill, Hodgson, and many others. Oconee Hill is the final resting place of UGA Presidents, Confederate Generals, governors, senators, cabinet members, musicians and the many talented people who made Athens the special place it has become over the past 200 years.
Charlotte Thomas Marshall was the first woman to serve as a trustee of Oconee Hill Cemetery and is a founding member of the Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery. She is the author of the book “Oconee Hill Cemetery of Athens, Georgia, Volume 1” and is presently working on the three concluding volumes. Mrs. Marshall has written or edited five other books on Athens history and genealogy, including the recent “The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia,” the recipient of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History. She has given walking tours of the cemetery for over 45 years.
Views:2611|Rating:4.26|View Time:1:47:47Minutes|Likes:69|Dislikes:12 Recorded September 17th, 2017
The Satanic Temple Arizona Chapter guest speakers at Freethought AZ.
In this presentation Chapter head Michelle Shortt, Spokesperson and National Legal Council Stu de Haan, and After School Satan Program Coordinator Chalice Blythe discuss a few of the legal battles that The Satanic Temple has had to endure thus far and those still to come.
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Views:53762|Rating:4.04|View Time:5:48Minutes|Likes:228|Dislikes:54 This footage was recorded in the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) on May 21, 2016. This is called the “Washing & Anointing” ceremony and it has evolved significantly over the years. Up until the 1950’s, initiates in this ritual were required to stand completely naked in front of two strangers as they were touched all over their bodies with water and consecrated oil.
Sometime starting around 1930 initiates were allowed to wear a very thin “shield” that closely resembled a white poncho with slits up both sides throughout the entire ritual. The ordinance workers would reach under the “shield” to touch various parts of the initiates body. Up until at least the mid-1950’s the ceremony still required the initiate to stand completely naked in front of two temple ordinance workers without the “shield” covering their naked body.
The practice of touching the initiate all over their bodies stopped on Jan. 18, 2005 when the ordinance was changed so that the temple workers would only touch the initiate on their forehead and the the initiate would wear their temple garments (aka underwear) underneath a much thicker and more modest “shield”.
On May 17, 2016 the rules were changed once again. Now initiates are fully clothed throughout the entire ritual and the shields are being phased out completely.
Go to www.MormonThink.com and www.CESLetter.com for more information.
Views:132432|Rating:3.16|View Time:21:11Minutes|Likes:474|Dislikes:275 On June 29, 2016 I attended the Gilbert Arizona Temple. There were only 9 men and 10 women in attendance. I almost joined the prayer circle this time but then another man jumped in so I stepped back out.
There was a young man in the session [pictured here: ] who had just gone through the endowment ceremony for his first time ever and was entering the MTC (Missionary Training Center) on July 13, 2016. You can see him participating in his first prayer circle here:
After the standard hugs and back slapping from his family members I noticed that the first timer and his friend/escort were left alone in the Celestial Room [at about the 17:05 mark in the video] so I walked across the room and struck up a conversation with them. I have edited out their names to protect their identities.
The “escort” (he’s wearing a tag pinned to his shirt identifying him as the newbies official escort) was the best friend of the newbie. He was also another soon-to-be missionary who had just received his own endowments the week before. I gave the future missionaries some advice and compared the endowment ceremony to a Jewish bar mitzvah and told them to remember my name as we would probably talk again.
In this video I mention that my uncle is the President of the Manhattan New York Temple. My Uncle Mark Bench really is the Manhattan Temple President and my Aunt Dorothy is the Manhattan Temple matron:
Views:8058|Rating:4.91|View Time:1:20:18Minutes|Likes:52|Dislikes:1 A panel discusses the true story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them. Ed Ayers, President of the University of Richmond, moderates Eric Foner, author of Gateway to Freedom; Edna Greene Medford, professor of history at Howard University; and Adam Rothman. A book signing will follow the program.
Views:21338|Rating:4.54|View Time:2:53Minutes|Likes:59|Dislikes:6 Europe is great and Asia is awesome, but the song says America the beautiful.
These hidden places prove you don’t need to spend big bucks and make a transatlantic trek– the world’s most beautiful wonders have been here all along, right in your American backyard.
1. Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Fur trappers stumbled upon this “boiling lake” less than 200 years ago.
2. Kilauea Volcano and Thurston Lava Tube at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea has been spewing lava without stop since 1983 in what is one of the longest-lived volcanic eruptions of modern times. Below it snakes a complex cave network that was carved from a river of lava 500 years ago.
3. Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
George Washington himself oversaw construction on this lighthouse, which originally burned lamps made with whale oil.
4. Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Snuggled on the tip of Alaska, this Arctic Amazon is bursting with caribou, raptors, wolverines, and… wait for it… baby porcupines.
5. Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah
Like at other Latter-day Saints temples, you’ll need to get baptized and meet with a bishop before you go inside. Once you do, 10 acres of one of Brigham Young’s first churches are yours to explore.
6. Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado
We think the indigenous Ute tribe is responsible for the cryptic etchings we’ve found on this park’s red rock walls. We’ve also found carefully-built fire rings from 3,000 years ago.
7. Gila Cliff Dwellings in Catron, New Mexico
Scholars are fairly certain these intricate caverns were home to American Indian families over 700 years ago. From them, we’ve unearthed a mummified infant whom researchers call Zeke.
8. Palouse Falls in Franklin/Whitman Counties, Washington
In 2009, kayaker Tyler Bradt ran his kayak — on purpose — down the 180-foot drop.
9. Windsor Ruins in Claiborne County, Mississippi
A wealthy landowner used slave labor to build this expansive plantation house in the 1800s. He died a few weeks after moving in, and a freak fire later burned down the building. All that remain are 23 crumbling, solitary columns.
10. Painted Hills in Wheeler County, Oregon
The different-colored bands represent the hills’ slow growth over 30 million years. Archeologists have found remains of primitive camels and rhinos here.
11. White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, New Mexico
This flat is incredibly rare because it’s made of gypsum, which is usually dissolved by rainfall.
12. Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona
Grand Canyon looky-loos forget to seek out this funky-shaped bend in the Colorado River, which is “nearby” in Arizona terms.
13. Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas
Eons ago, an ancient sea covered the Midwest. This chalk deposit 11 miles off the freeway is our souvenir.
14. Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon
Home of the real Oregon Trail.
15. Skagit Valley tulip fields in Mount Vernon, Washington
You don’t have to schlep to Amsterdam for fields that burst into bloom– there’s more serenity and space at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which locals celebrate each April.
16. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park, California
You’ve always thought “Star Wars” was filmed in a galaxy far, far away. It wasn’t.
17. Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut
This estate belonged to actor William Gillette, famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes onstage in the 1900s. Gillette named his cobblestoned castle Seventh Sister and installed a series of hidden mirrors to monitor guests at all times.
18. Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Apache County, Arizona
According to Navajo tradition, Spider Rock’s second spire is home to Spider Woman, the creator of the free world.
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Views:464|Rating:4.62|View Time:43:59Minutes|Likes:12|Dislikes:1 Excerpt: “There is a plethora of YouTube videos demonstrating the audacious antics of these Televangelists. Benny Hinn is a prime example along with Creflo Dollar and TD Jakes, but for what its worth, their influence is amazing in its magnetic ability to draw tens of thousands to their assemblies. Additionally, the music in these assemblies changed dramatically to resemble more of a rock concert than that of the more somber predecessors. It’s ironic to see them decry the debauchery of the fallen angels and their sinful ways, while they haughtily display the love of monetary abundance, success and notoriety.”
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Views:972|Rating:5.00|View Time:8:45Minutes|Likes:10|Dislikes:0 A few video clips showing my hike up to Hidden Lake in the Chugach National Forest in Anchorage Alaska. Recorded with a Fujifilm XP90 digital camera.