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● On March 24, 1765, Parliament passes the Quartering Act, which required the colonies to house British soldiers in barracks provided by the colonies, local inns, livery stables, ale houses, uninhabited houses, outhouses or barns. Forcing colonists from their own homes was not the intent of the law. ● On March 21, 1871, journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous search through Africa for missing British explorer Dr. David Livingstone. When Stanley found him on Oct. 27, he stepped forward and stretched out his hand: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” ● On March 25, 1911, flames engulf the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City, killing 145 workers. Only one elevator was operational in the 10-story building. There were two stairways down to the street, but one was locked from the

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day event in June at Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, across the border from Glacier National Park. Waterton is an International Peace Park and World Heritage Site. Due to the conjunction of prairie and mountain ecosystems, the park has a truly unique variety of wildflowers. It is home to more than 50 of Canada’s rarest flowers including 30 species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. In fact, Waterton has more flowers than any other mountain park. The festival has educational courses, art exhibits, workshops, hikes and even horseback rides. • Crested Butte, the official wildflower capital of Colorado, began hosting a wildflower festival in 1986. Now the week-long celebration has over 200 classes, including art and cooking classes with wildflowers. The 2011 event is set for July 11-17. • The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is a multi-day arts and music festival celebrating its 19th anniversary this year. Held north of Dallas in Richardson, Texas, it got its name from the wildflowers planted throughout the parks, medians and roadsides of Richardson. • Do you know which United States’ First Lady is considered the “Environmental First Lady”? Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, otherwise known as Lady Bird, was the wife of the 36th President, Lyndon Johnson. (The nickname was supposedly given to her by a nursemaid when she was a child who said she was “as purty as a lady bird.”) • While she was First Lady, Mrs. Johnson created the First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capital. She wanted to create natural landscaping to preserve the beauty of the nation’s capital. Later she expanded the program to include the entire nation. • In 1982, Lady Bird Johnson and actress Helen Hayes founded the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, originally called the National Wildflower Research Center, “to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants.” • The center in Austin, Texas, has public gardens, woodlands and meadows and is an internationally influential research center. In 2006, the center became an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin. • Wildflower research has far-reaching implications. One wildflower that has made a huge difference in many lives worldwide is Wild Foxglove,

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