Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Mr. President!"

"You have to stand everyday three or four hours for visitors. Nine-tenths of them want something they ought not to have. If you keep dead-still they will run down in three or four minutes. If you even cough or smile they will start up all over again."

Advice to President-elect Herbert Hoober in 1929; The Memoirs of Herbert Hoover: The Cabinet and the Presidency, 1920-1933, 1952

Can you imagine how President Obama is faring?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Coolidge Goes "Green"

Today, everyone is interested in the environmental issues facing us in the 21st century. In 1920, Coolidge was already speaking about our country's level of resource consumption.

"Diminishing resources warn us of the necessity of conservation. The public domain is the property of the public. It is held in trust for present and future generations. The material resources of our contry are great, very great, but they are not inexhaustible."

Speech accepting the vice presidential nomination, Northampton, Massachusetts, July 27, 1920

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A century ago, Mayor Cal showed his 'cool'

A century ago, Mayor Cal showed his 'cool'
by Bob Flaherty
Daily Hampshire Gazette
November 3, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009


Tuesday November 3 is election day in Northampton!
For more information and a specimen ballot see

The Coolidge Museum has been asked, "what would Calvin do?"

The answer is a simple one. Calvin Coolidge would tell his constituents to get out and vote, to care about their government, and to exercise their duty as citizens. As you make your decision whether or not to go to the polls and then how to vote, remember the words of Calvin Coolidge, "We have a tendency to be too indifferent before primaries and elections and too critical after. Public officers can and do exercise large influence over our daily life but the main course of events is in our own hands." From a November 4, 1930 newspaper column