IDEA EXCHANGE: 2/12 – 2/16

Monday, February 12th:

TODAY IS: Plum Pudding, Pancake, Lost Penny, First Barbie doll for sale, Clean out your Computer and Abe Lincoln’s birthday (1809)


Tuesday, February 13th:


In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life.

But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without–and what they are willing to do about it.

As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

TODAY IS: Tortini, Get a Different Name, First public school (1635)


Wednesday, February 14th:

TODAY IS: Valentine’s Day, Cream Filled Chocolates, Ferris Wheel, Read to your Child, Telephone (1876)


Thursday, February 15th:


TODAY IS: Gumdrop, Susan B. Anthony, Clifford the Big Red Dog


Friday, February 16th:

TODAY IS: Almond, Do a grouch a favor, First 9-1-1 call made in 1968