James Buchanan

Museums on Monday


Here we are at the American Treasure Tour blog hq, offering you great opportunities to explore the many wonderful and varied offerings of our great nation.  Every Monday, we choose a different destination to highlight.  After all, we know that you need diversity in what you do - so you can only be expected to visit us here at the old Goodrich plant in Oaks two or three times a week.  We happily offer guidance for the other days of the week.  Today, we travel all the way to Lancaster, where the home of the only resident of Pennsylvania to serve as President of the United States lived.  James Buchanan's home, which he called Wheatland, is a delightful destination in the historic town that once served as the nation's capital. Located in a lovely upscale community, Wheatland is not only the 15th president's former home, but also the locations for LancasterHistory.org, the historical society for the city. 

Buchanan is considered one of the nation's more controversial presidents, having been in office when southern states began seceding after the election of Abraham Lincoln.  Did Buchanan handle the situation in the best way possible?  What could he have done to prevent the coming of the Civil War?  Sadly, speculation will not change his legacy, but Buchanan the man is honored here in this lovely brick home.  Check it out at:  https://www.lancasterhistory.org

Monday at the Museum

The American Treasure Tour Museum is located in the town of Oaks, Pennsylvania, right along Pennsylvania Route 422 just west of Valley Forge National Historical Park and a little east of the Boyertown Motor Vehicle Museum.  To be honest, there are many, many fascinating and wonderful places in this section of the world. Southeast Pennsylvania has so many awesome destinations, we encourage you to visit every one of them - understanding that we want you to visit the ATT often in the process. But we would be doing an injustice to some of the others by overlooking them. So, here's a quick list of destinations within a relatively short driving distance from Oaks (understanding that a downside of being located in the Philadelphia area is dealing with the traffic):


The James Buchanan home in Lancaster, PA.  Yes, the only Pennsylvanian to serve as President of the United States also happens to be one of the most heavily criticized, as he was in office just prior to Abraham Lincoln and watched the country fall apart during his term. That said, his home is absolutely gorgeous, and his story quite fascinating. https://www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/

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Another site we simply must recommend is on the exact opposite side of Philadelphia - a recreation of Pennsbury Manor. Built in the twentieth century, it honors the life and times of the founder of Pennsylvania - William Penn. The beautiful home reminds us of the vision Penn had for his colony, named after his father. The Quaker leader arrived on the shores of America in 1683, an advocate for peaceful co-existence with the Native tribes and other residents of this largely untamed land, and yet he also owned enslaved Africans. A fascinating founder, Penn's story is truly worth learning.  http://www.pennsburymanor.org



Much to Celebrate - November 4, 2014

So many important events occurred on this day in history!

In 1842, a 33-year-old lawyer out of Springfield, Illinois named Abraham Lincoln married his 23-year-old betrothed, Mary Todd. 

Three important patents were granted on November 4th: In 1846, B.F. Palmer patented an artificial leg. In 1873, Dr. John B. Beers patented a gold crown for teeth. And in 1879, James J. Ritty patented the cash register. 

In 1922, King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt.

T.S. Eliot won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

The following men were elected to the position of President of the United States on November 4th:

Grover Cleveland (1884)

James Buchanan (1856)

Calvin Coolidge (1924)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1952)

Ronald Reagan (1980)

Barack Obama (2008)

Don't forget to VOTE today!

Happy Birthday to...

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Gig Young (1913-1978)

Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

Art Carney (1918-2003)

Martin Balsam (1919-1996)

Doris Roberts (1930)

Loretta Swit (1937)

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Ralph Macchio (1961)

Matthew McConaughey (1969)

Alright, alright, alright!

The Kinks - April 23, 2014

The American Treasure Tour blog is back to discussing the vinyl records that line the walls of the Music Room today, and we are very happy to focus on the English band The Kinks!  For over thirty years, the brothers Davies - Ray and Dave - led these critical darlings whose music has been widely hailed as some of the best and most innovative from the "British Invasion" that occurred in the 1960s.

The band's fist major hit was 1964's "You Really Got Me," which gave them international fame and enough leverage to explore their musical roots and create concept albums about British society, most notably The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which was released in 1968, and theatrical performances like 1981's Give the People What They Want.  Although superior lyricists and musicians, the Davies and the Kinks never reached the levels of fame that other British Invasion bands did, most notably The Beatles.  The Greatest Hits compilation included in our collection was released in 1976, six years after their song about an awkward encounter at a bar, Lola, reached the top ten charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.


Which of the following musical acts is not considered part of the British Invasion?

a)  The Who

b)  The Rolling Stones

c)  Dusty Springfield

d)  The Monkees

e)  Donovan

Answer Below


We here at the American Treasure Tour blog do what we can to keep our "History Today" section relevant and interesting.  That is why we feel it is our obligation to share with you all of the most important news of the past. Today, we are going to talk about two dietary landmark moments that shook both the United States and the world.  The first of these events occurred on this day in 1985.  It is difficult to imagine that there was a time when Coca-Cola was not the number one carbonated, caffeinated beverage consumed by the world's population, but it's true. By 1980, the sweeter Pepsi-Cola had taken over as biggest seller in soda (or pop, or soda pop, whatever you prefer).  So Coke decided to change things up in what turned out to be a marketing disaster.  Or did it?  The distribution of an entirely revamped soda they called New Coke caused many people to complain so loudly that the original formula, called Classic Coke, was brought back.  It must have made people realize they missed their old Coke, because sales of the original formula skyrocketed and put Coke back on top in what has been called the "Cola Wars."  It only took 77 days before Classic Coke was returned to the market after the introduction of New Coke, but those 77 days truly shook the world, and secured Pepsi as number two again.

Another landmark event happened seven years later when the amazingly, astoundingly successful American fast food chain McDonald's (which offers Coke products for its beverages, by the by) opened its first franchise in the Communist country of China.  It's true. Not only did this event prove to be a great day for Chinese kids who hankered Big Mac's and fries, but it also showed that McDonald's, the biggest restaurant chain in the United States, had enough confidence in American-Chinese relations to make an investment in the most populated country in the world.


Being that the American Treasure Tour is located in Pennsylvania, we simply HAVE TO acknowledge the only President of the United States born in our state - in 1791 - and grew up here.  (Dwight Eisenhower's retirement home is in Gettysburg, but he grew up in Abilene, Kansas) So, happy birthday, President James Buchanan! Unfortunately, Buchanan's four-year term came at a very difficult time for our country, and he did not handle things very well.  President from 1857 to 1861, Buchanan was in power as the country disintegrated over the slavery question.  In fact, seven states seceded at the end of his single term, between December 1860 and February 1861.  Their leaders were convinced that the man who would be replacing him in March, Abraham Lincoln, would strip them of their enslaved workers if given the opportunity. Buchanan helplessly watched all this happen, and gratefully returned to Wheatland, his home in Lancaster, PA upon Lincoln's inauguration.  Happy birthday, anyway!

We also celebrate the birth of one of the most-beloved child stars ever to grace the silver screen.  Born in 1928 and performing by the age of three, Shirley Temple became a bonafide movie star by the age of six in the popular film Bright Eyes.  Between 1935 and 1938, audiences flocked to her movies, where the precocious young actor danced and sang her way into the hearts of people hungry for a distraction from the Great Depression.  She made 24 films before her eleventh birthday, and retired from film at the age of twenty-two, after which she got involved in politics as an ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia, then as Chief of Protocol of the United States. Temple passed away just last month, at the age of 85, a talented and successful woman.

QUOTE:  [To Abraham Lincoln upon handing over the reigns of government]  If you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed. - James Buchanan

Answer:  The Monkees.  They were the American answer to The Beatles.