It tolls for thee — the Hawaiian Liberty Bell

“Mom, honk the horn!” a 10-year old boy calls out excitedly from the back of the station wagon. His mother ignores him. “Honk the horn, mom!!” the boy repeats, now more animated. His mother continues to ignore him. “Honk the horn, mom!!!,” all three kids, who rarely agree on anything, now chant in unison. It’s the…

Gone to Carolina | Part 2, North Carolina

Part 2: North Carolina | Lessons from the Gay Dolphin There is no straight shot from Columbia to Emerald Isle, so instead, we plan to drive east until we hit the ocean, then follow the coast up to Emerald Isle. Myrtle Beach, here we come. A lesson from the Gay Dolphin Our stop in Myrtle…

Gone to Carolina | Part 1, South Carolina

Part 1: South Carolina | On baby turtles, floaty pens and the nature of monuments Oversold We’ve all been there. Your flight is about to board. The gate attendant seems just now to notice it’s oversold. They get on the loudspeaker, and the auction begins. Someone is not getting on this plane—who’s it gonna be?…

Annecy Liberty Bell replica

This is the unlikely story of how one small French town came to have its very own Liberty Bell On a picturesque hillside, high in the French Alps, Edouard de Reydet carefully follows a centuries-old formula. With the precision of a scientist and the artistry of a chef, he combines local earth, ground to a fine powder…

The Texas Liberty Bell replica

Lyle Lovett’s That’s right (you’re not from Texas) plays as we cross the Brazos River in our rented Nissan. Dawn drifts in and out of sleep while I drive. We’re now squarely in Texas A&M University territory. Aggie country. We’re here to visit a unique, little-known piece of state history — the Texas Liberty Bell…

Fort Collins Mini Liberty Bell

  Thanks to an inside connection at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, I was able to visit this adorable little mini Liberty Bell replica. It lives in storage just a block from our office. I passed by countless times, never knowing this little guy was in there all by his lonesome (along with lots…

Independence Hall: Home of the Founding Fathers — Rapid City, SD

En route to our Lake Superior summer vacation, we decided to take the scenic route from from Colorado to Minnesota. On our way from Wall, SD to Mount Rushmore, we were surprised and delighter to find Independence Hall along the highway — conveniently located between Reptile Gardens and Bear County (just like it is in Philadelphia)….

28 down, 29 to go

The Goal: Visit all of the 1950 Liberty Bell replicas. According to the Liberty Bell Museum: In 1950, the United States Department of the Treasury assisted by several private companies selected Paccard Foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, France, to cast 57 full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell. The bells were shipped as gifts to states and territories…

US Treasury Liberty Bell replica

It’s not easy to get close to the real Liberty Bell on the White House grounds, so this was the best we could do. This oversized Liberty Bell lives by the bus station in downtown DC.

Philadelphia 2005

DLiberty Center – Philadelphia. Tom, Ava Ringerud, Dawn Putney Dayle Putney and Ava Ringerud