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September 2023 on KnowItAll.org

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SC STATE FAIR ROCKET FACTOID

“Meet me at the rocket!” Visitors to the South Carolina State Fair may have heard those famous words. Fair-goers have used this rocket as a popular rendezvous point ever since it was placed there.

Before it became a rallying point for state fair visitors, it was an intermediate range ballistic missile for the U.S. Air Force. Designed by Dr. Wernher Von Braun (the same von Braun who designed the rockets which carried astronauts to the moon!) and built by Chrysler, this Jupiter missile’s original purpose was to carry nuclear payloads. The rocket’s name, believe it or not, is Columbia! The Air Force retired Columbia in 1963 and donated it to the city which shares its namesake. It was erected in 1969 and has served as a staple symbol of the SC State Fair ever since!

SC State Fair Rocket Factoid

HISTORY OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. from September 15 to October 15 - a time to recognize the achievements of famous Hispanic Americans as well as a celebration of Latino cultures and traditions!

WHERE DID THE NAME HALLOWEEN COME FROM? OCTOBER FACTOIDS

Through a bizarre twist in history, the Catholic Church contributed just as much as Pagans did to the Halloween we know today! In the Catholic Church's early years, missionaries journeyed out to convert Pagans to Christianity. At first missionaries adapted or reimagined Pagan customs instead of outright stamping them out, however results from these early missions were mixed. Pope Gregory III decided to officially convert the Pagan holiday, Samhain into a holiday for Christians. November 1 was designated “All Saints Day” – a day to honor all the saints as well as Christian martyrs. All Saints Day is also known as All Hallows Day; the night before being called All Hallow’s Evening. With a series of language corruptions throughout the following years, All Hallow’s Evening disambiguated into the name Halloween!

Despite the efforts of the Catholic Church to squelch Samhain traditions, the practices never fully went away completely.

WHY DO WE LIKE TO TELL SCARY STORIES ON HALLOWEEN? OCTOBER FACTOIDS

One possible origin for telling scary stories around Halloween is found thousands of years ago with the Celts of ancient Ireland! These Celtic Pagans worshipped the earth, and during their festival called Samhain they built bonfires and held ritual sacrifices to pay homage to their gods as well as the dead. Celtic priests called “Druids” would read the entrails of sacrificed animals to predict the future. The Celts believed that the best time for predicting the future was when the veil between our world and the spirit world was at its thinnest! The prophecies read by the Druids would spread through Celt villages becoming stories told long into the night. If you enjoy scary stories on Halloween, you might consider thanking the Celts!

JAMES OTIS LECTURE 2023

On September 17, 1787, 39 men gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia and signed the United States Constitution. What started in May of that year as an effort by delegates of the several States to amend the Articles of Confederation, resulted, instead, in an agreement by The People of the United States to establish a wholly new government unlike any on earth. Their expressed goal was to secure the blessings of Liberty to themselves and to their posterity. Of the 55 delegates who participated in the Convention that hot summer, 32 were lawyers.

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates presents the 14th Annual James Otis Lecture. What they formed was not perfect. It was a document which spoke of Liberty yet condoned slavery. It hinted at equality yet gave disproportionate power to smaller states and slave states. It had an unworkable method of selecting an executive branch. Yet what was created after four months of debate, conflict and compromise resulted in a remarkable affirmation of the value of self-government and the rule of law. These principles have endured for more than two centuries.

Remarkable women and men have helped shape our government and preserve our liberties in that span. Many were lawyers. ABOTA hopes that the James Otis Lecture Series will help keep their memories and examples alive.

CAROLINA SNAPS

The Carolina Jessamine, South Carolina's state flower, is a vibrant yellow bloom found throughout the state and Southeast. This versatile plant, cherished for its beauty and traditional medicinal uses, thrives in the region's heat, and likes well-drained soil. However, its toxic nature warrants caution, as it can be lethal when consumed. 

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is not just a campus but also a historic Civil War site. Its origins lie in Rutledge Chapel, the first building on the Historic Horseshoe. The Longstreet Theatre, now a theater, served as a morgue, hospital, gymnasium, and armory during the war. The protective wall along Sumter St. prevented fire damage during the Burning of Columbia in 1865, preserving the college grounds.

 

 

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THE COOL AND THE STRONG

Are you ready to embark on an exciting back-to-school adventure like never before? Get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating world of "The Cool and the Strong" as we bring you an extraordinary 2-hour educational programming block that will leave you inspired and believing in the power of dreams.

Magic Strong, a bright but struggling new student as he navigates his first day of school and makes friends with classmates, Rex and Reva. Their enchanting teacher, Mr. Gray encourages them to dream big and uses his magic powers to affirm them. Is a special message from a Division 1 college football coach enough to help Magic and his friends believe in their dreams?

Hear from notable panelists such as South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Ellen Weaver, Rashawn Aaron, founder of The Village Educational Services, as well as educators and students as they explore the power of dreams, the importance of education, and the magic of community support.

An inspirational music video featuring our characters from The Cool and the Strong!

Discover the secrets and creativity that go into bringing this magical world to life. From the talented cast and crew to the inspiration education plays, you'll witness firsthand the dedication and passion poured into every aspect of this production.

CAROLINA SNAPS

Delve into the rich heritage of Gullah culture and its traditional basket weaving practices, connecting the past to the present.

Explore the enduring legacy of the Catawba Nation, an ancient culture rooted in pottery, history, and resilience in South Carolina.

Discover the artistic journey of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most renowned modern artists, and her significant ties to South Carolina

Uncover the inspiring story of Harvey Gantt, the first black student to break barriers at Clemson University and later become Charlotte's first black mayor.

Explore the heartwarming and flavorful history of pimento cheese, a beloved culinary tradition in South Carolina.

Meet the Pollitzer sisters, who played a vital role in advancing women's rights and education in South Carolina during a transformative era.

 

WHAT'S WILD

Existing for half a million years, bison have been a symbol of wild America. These resilient creatures were on the verge of extinction but despite all odds, they have survived. Although it may seem difficult to imagine, these massive animals previously roamed the South Carolina foothills and can now be spotted grazing at one of the wildest ranches in the Palmetto state. 

Existing for half a million years, bison have been a symbol of wild America. These resilient creatures were on the verge of extinction but despite all odds, they have survived. Although it may seem difficult to imagine, these massive animals previously roamed the South Carolina foothills and can now be spotted grazing at one of the wildest ranches in the Palmetto state.  

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about the American Bison!

Existing for half a million years, bison have been a symbol of wild America. These resilient creatures were on the verge of extinction but despite all odds, they have survived. Although it may seem difficult to imagine, these massive animals previously roamed the South Carolina foothills and can now be spotted grazing at one of the wildest ranches in the Palmetto state.  

Test your knowledge and see how well you remember the episode about the American Bison!

South Carolina is home to an astonishing array of bat species. As silent guardians of the night, they play a pivotal role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems and providing a natural pest control service across the Palmetto State. Unfortunately, these animals face major ecological threats, most notably a deadly fungus that decimating their populations. However, a glimmer of hope comes from organizations and everyday people trying to save these vital species. 

Existing for half a million years, bison have been a symbol of wild America. These resilient creatures were on the verge of extinction but despite all odds, they have survived. Although it may seem difficult to imagine, these massive animals previously roamed the South Carolina foothills and can now be spotted grazing at one of the wildest ranches in the Palmetto state.  

Test your knowledge and see how well you remember the episode about bats!

Existing for half a million years, bison have been a symbol of wild America. These resilient creatures were on the verge of extinction but despite all odds, they have survived. Although it may seem difficult to imagine, these massive animals previously roamed the South Carolina foothills and can now be spotted grazing at one of the wildest ranches in the Palmetto state.  

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about bats!

South Carolina's 187 miles of coastline offer a diverse array of ecosystems and habitats. A fascinating tapestry of bird life flourishes in this abundant and vibrant habitat, but not without its own set of ecological issues.  As a result, the coast has been the focus of several significant conservation initiatives. In Mt. Pleasant, the Crab Bank Project was one of the wildest in our state's history.

South Carolina's 187 miles of coastline offer a diverse array of ecosystems and habitats. A fascinating tapestry of bird life flourishes in this abundant and vibrant habitat, but not without its own set of ecological issues.  As a result, the coast has been the focus of several significant conservation initiatives. In Mt. Pleasant, the Crab Bank Project was one of the wildest in our state's history.

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about the Coastal Birds!

South Carolina's 187 miles of coastline offer a diverse array of ecosystems and habitats. A fascinating tapestry of bird life flourishes in this abundant and vibrant habitat, but not without its own set of ecological issues.  As a result, the coast has been the focus of several significant conservation initiatives. In Mt. Pleasant, the Crab Bank Project was one of the wildest in our state's history.

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about the Coastal Birds!

The Catawba River is home to one of the most beloved aquatic flowers in the state. The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily is a unique plant species that requires a special environment to thrive. Unfortunately, its habitat is facing several significant threats but dedicated organizations like the Catawba River Keepers are doing their best to preserve its environment. 

The Catawba River is home to one of the most beloved aquatic flowers in the state. The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily is a unique plant species that requires a special environment to thrive. Unfortunately, its habitat is facing several significant threats but dedicated organizations like the Catawba River Keepers are doing their best to preserve its environment. 

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about Spider Lilies!

The Catawba River is home to one of the most beloved aquatic flowers in the state. The Rocky Shoals Spider Lily is a unique plant species that requires a special environment to thrive. Unfortunately, its habitat is facing several significant threats but dedicated organizations like the Catawba River Keepers are doing their best to preserve its environment. 

Test your knowledge below and see how well you remember the episode about Spider Lilies!

VIEW MORE FROM WHAT'S WILD HERE!

 

FEATURED COLLECTIONS THIS MONTH 

  • Dates and resources for these observances and more can be found in our September Factoids.

NATIONAL V-J DAY

NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY

NATIONAL GRATEFUL PATIENT DAY

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

REMEMBERING 9/11

On September 11, 2001, there were 2,977 people killed during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those whose lives were lost included 412 police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. 

HISPANIC HERITAGE COLLECTION

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. 

Resources include:

New this Month - Frida Kahlo

Explore the life and art of Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican portrait artist. From her near-fatal accident to her iconic self-portraits, delve into Kahlo's bold use of colors and incorporation of Mexican folklore. Discover how her paintings tackled themes of the human body, death, Mexican culture, and gender. While often labeled as surrealism, Kahlo's works were deeply rooted in her own experiences, including her health struggles and turbulent marriage to Diego Rivera.

* Educators, be sure to sign into your KnowItAll account to view the videos that are available only to SC teachers. 

SPANISH TRANSLATIONS COLLECTION

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY 

NATIONAL NEONATAL NURSES DAY

  • View the video on neonatal nursing, a specialty in the health care profession in which nurses provide direct patient care to high-risk newborn babies. 

NATIONAL ONLINE LEARNING DAY

  • Explore the resources that are available for online learning here on KnowItAll.org!

NATIONAL DANCE DAY

  • Explore our resources on Dance here on KnowItAll.org! 

NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY

View our Physical Education and Gymnastics resources! 

RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY

  • View our Dog Lovers Collection and consider the benefits a dog brings but also the responsibilities for his or her care.

CONSTITUTION DAY

Explore our Constitution Day Collection here

Resources include::

AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY

NATIONAL IT PROFESSIONALS DAY

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY

  • View our Ready To Vote website to learn about voting, gain an understanding of government, and learn about civic responsibility.

NATIONAL CARE FOR KIDS DAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMEN'S DAY

ELEPHANT APPRECIATION DAY

  • View the assortment of videos that are available on elephants here on KnowItAll.org!  

WORLD CAR FREE DAY

WORLD RHINO DAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SIGN LANGUAGES

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

WORLD TOURISM DAY

  • View the resources in our World Tourism Day collection.
  • The Related Series at the bottom of the World Tourism Dacollection feature some great destinations. Just scroll down for these Series that will take you to locations all over South Carolina and beyond!

INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION DAY

  • Please visit the Spanish Translations Collection to view the resources that are currently available with Spanish captions.

NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA

 

Be sure to view the September Factoids for dates and resources for these observances and more!

Factoids for each month are available here

     

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