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Christmas at the Paine House Museum

Cody Christmas pony

Cody the Christmas Pony is coming to the annual Holiday Open House at The Paine House Museum We are decorated for Christmas!

Come and meet Cody! (weather permitting) Feed him a Christmas carrot or two. He is happy to have his photo taken with our Christmas Sleigh. Carrots for Cody, cookies and cider for the rest of us. Join us from 11-3 December 7. We are located at 7 Station St., Coventry, RI.

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Benjamin Franklin: The Eagle or the Wild Turkey

eagle-turkey-vintageBenjamin Franklin’s letter to is daughter in regard to the Bald Eagle vs. the Wild Turkey as our National Symbol

“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

“With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country…

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”

 

 

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