Isaac - Thursday, August 27, 2015

The American Treasure Tour blog has dedicated itself to sharing important information about our collection with you over the years (as well as fun, silly stuff), but we have neglected a very important facet of our operations, and that is the people behind the scenes who occasionally appear in the scenes as well.  Today, we would like to talk about Isaac.

Isaac is our Community Relations Manager - but he is also so much more.  Most significantly, he is the guy who works with the reservations here, and makes sure that anyone who wants to see and experience the tour are able to come. Since we are still in the process of applying for the permits to open for "walk-in" tours, reservations continue to be necessary (we're working on it!), which means that, without Isaac, it would be impossible for fans of awesome destinations with lots of cool stuff to experience the most awesomest and coolest destination in the whole wide world ever ever or, to avoid hyperbole, at the very least the entire United States.  We hear that there's a place in Iceland that may be cooler than us, so we don't want to speak out of turn just in case.  Isaac does other stuff, too - plenty of it - but we don't want to brag too much about him.  It might make his ego get too big.
QUESTION:  Isaac was ten years old when he started training in what musical instrument?
A)  The tuba
B)  The kazoo
C)  The drum
D)  The cello
ANSWER BELOW

BLACKHAWK DOWN.  Abraham Lincoln has become regarded as one of the finest politicians to ever take center stage in the American political arena, but one thing he was not known for was his military prowess.  That is to say, he had virtually no military experience.  He was involved in the Blackhawk War of 1832, though, which was a struggle between a Native American tribe angry with the United States government for violating their own treaties who began attacking settlements in Illinois.  The U.S. military successfully suppressed the rebellion of Blackhawk and his tribe and, on this day, the native chief surrendered.

HANNIBAL.  Oh sure, we could celebrate today's birth of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, but he gets enough attention (good and bad) already.  So let's make a call-out for Hannibal Hamlin.  Hannibal was born in Maine today in 1809, just a few months after Abraham Lincoln, and he would become Lincoln's first Vice President and the first Republican to ever hold the office.  Alas, in the effort to get more votes in 1984, Lincoln dropped Hannibal.  Of course, he also dropped the Republican Party in 1864 and ran for office in the American Union Party, with former Democrat Andrew Johnson as his second vp.  Lincoln would win, and Hamlin returned to Congress before his death at the age of 81.

QUOTE:  The American Treasure Tour is the super coolest place ever!  It's groovy. - Isaac

ANSWER:  D)  The cello.  Although we hear he's pretty amazing on the kazoo, too.