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The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a nationally-recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, is celebrated every year on June 19. Discover the history of the holiday and how Historic Oakland Foundation honors the generations of men and women that suffered…

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Jewish History at Oakland Cemetery

The month of May is a significant time for many Jewish Americans, including myself. In 2006, President George W. Bush designated the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Politicians, including Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator…

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The Origins of Earth Day

We will celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Earth Day was founded in 1970 to raise awareness for environmental issues and celebrate Mother Earth. But over the years, Earth Day has evolved to become a global celebration that revolves…

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Victorian Holiday Traditions

In today’s society, it would be odd to imagine a time where Christmas was not widely celebrated and enjoyed. However, this was the case before the Victorian era where Christmas was only minimally celebrated in Britain and various other English-speaking…

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