150th Anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s Visit to Bowdoin

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s visit to Bowdoin.

On August 2, 1865, and amid a victory tour following the end of the American Civil War, General Grant traveled by train from Portland to Brunswick and attended Bowdoin’s Commencement exercises, where he received an honorary degree from the College.

[Read more…]

Marathon Matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Kicks Off 18th ‘Beach to Beacon’ Race

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

College Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 — Olympic gold medalist, two-time Boston Marathon winner (winning the first before she graduated from Bowdoin), and Chicago Marathon winner — will Saturday kick off the 18th running of the road race she founded, the TD Beach to Beacon 10k.

More than 6,400 athletes from the world over will race along the picturesque coastline of Casco Bay from Crescent Beach State Park to Portland Head Light, along the roads Joanie herself ran growing up in Cape Elizabeth.

The race has become increasingly environmentally friendly over the years; this year’s race beneficiary is Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank, which stands to receive $30,000. Learn more about the Beach to Beacon.

Map: States Renamed for Countries with Similar GDPs (Newsweek)

With a GDP of  $18 trillion in 2014, the American economy as a whole is huge, but how does each individual state measure up? California, the largest economy in the U.S., matches up with the GDP of Brazil, while the second-largest, Texas, manages to reach that of our neighbor to the north, Canada. Check out the map below to see how your state compares.

Image: American Enterprise Institute/Newsweek

Image: American Enterprise Institute/Newsweek

The Nightmare of Redecorating the White House (Smithsonian Magazine)

The White HouseMost of us have the privilege to live in a home that does not have thousands of tourists visiting it each day. Although the job of President and First Lady of the United States comes with a lot of perks — including residence in the White House — a completely private home is not one of them.

The fact that much of their house is open to the public can make redecorating pretty bureaucratic and complicated, as this article from the Smithsonian Magazine illustrates.