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Celebrating 451 years

S e pte m b e r FU N FACTS


In celebration of National Museum Day, scheduled this year for Saturday, September 24, over a dozen local museums are joining with hundreds of other museums across the nation to offer free admission. The promotion, spearheaded by the Smithsonian museums is held to promote museum visits among those who might not ordinarily tour museums. Here in the Tampa Bay Area, Museum Day participants include the Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg, Florida Holocaust Museum, the Armed Forces Museum, Cracker Country, Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa History Center to name just a few. To find out more visit

The City of St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest permanently occupied European settlement. On Sept. 8. 1565, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore and named a stretch of land near the inlet in honor of Augustine, a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. In recent years the exact location has been pinpointed by archaeologists from the University of Florida as being where the present-day Mission of Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth stand. So this September, take some time to discover more about the nation’s oldest city.

Over 2 Billion Cans September 17, 2016 of Play-Doh have been purchased since it was accidentally invented in September 1955 by Joseph and Noah McVicker while trying to make a wallpaper cleaner. While Play-Doh did not make a good cleaner, this nontoxic, nonstaining, reusable modeling compound became a hit with kids all around the world.

National Play-Doh Day is September 16 this year, and it’s an easy day to celebrate. Simply pull out the PlayDoh and! PlayDoh is inexpensive, it inspires creativity, and it is just plain fun, no matter how old you are.

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Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. The Constitution stands as the final authority in United States law. September 17 is also a day for learning about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

165 years ago

The New York Times was founded by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond on the 18th of September, 1851. Raymond, who would later be the second chairman of the Republican National Committee, sold the newspaper at an original price of one cent per copy. Today, The New York Times is a $2.5 billion conglomerate of newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and Internet sites. It is widely regarded as America’s most influential newspaper.

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Gulf Coast Family - September 2016  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

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