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Datebook: May 16 – William Seward turns 210

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William Henry Seward, Sr. was born May 16, 1801. He was the 12th Governor of New York, a United States Senator and the US Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He was a formative Republican, loyal to Lincoln, and outspoken against slavery, which nearly cost him his life as he survived an assassination attempt on the same night of Lincoln’s assassination. When asked what his greatest achievement was, he said “The purchase of Alaska – but it will take the people a generation to find it out.” On March 30 ,1867 he successfully acquired Alaska from Russia, for $7,200,000 (2 cents per acre… which would be roughly $100 million today). This purchase was famously mocked as “Seward’s Folly.”

It’s Monday, May 16

Angels Attic Thrift Shop provides free local pickup for items like furniture, appliances, toys, clothing, books, CD’s and other recordings to sell to benefit the Angels Community Clinic. You can also drop off these items at the rear of the shop, off Arcadia Drive, Monday through Saturday 9 to 5

This week public health departments in the Purchase area conduct random and confidential door to door household surveys to assess community preparedness for a disaster. This is a partnership with the US Public Health Service and the volunteer Medical Reserve Corps to aid local response agencies determining emergency water, power, food, shelter and medical needs.

Through June 11, The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah shows a photographic documentary about a small sect of Baptist believers in Klinsty, Russia. Immanuel Baptist Church’s pastor Jamie Broome narrates businessman Michael Walker’s images made onsite in 2008 and 2010. The Yeiser’s on Markethouse Square, open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4.

It’s great to have you here today. See details at


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