MassHOPE
Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators
"Promoting and safeguarding home education to the glory of God"

 

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Promoting and safeguarding home education to the glory of God

We offer information and support to homeschoolers from a Christian perspective.  Browse our website and feel free to e-mail any questions to: info@masshope.org

 
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Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8(NKJV)
 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY - Aug 24-25, 1932

Amelia Earhart makes first solo transcontinental flight by a female pilot – the perils of early flight

Amelia Earhart
Will Rogers & Wiley Post before fatal flight
Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

In today’s space age it’s hard to imagine the excitement that was once generated when an airplane came to town. Since the Wright brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 - at 12 seconds and 120 feet, shorter than the wingspan of a Boeing 747 - flight had developed mostly for military uses and mail service as well as demonstrations for the public by pilots brave enough to push the boundaries of the new technology. Everyone in town would turn out to see “barnstormers” that would travel hither and yon to put on their air shows.

Pilots such as Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, Floyd Bennett, Richard Byrd and others became celebrities. After his solo transatlantic flight Lindbergh was the most famous private citizen of his time. The press followed him everywhere. Bennett had two airports in New York State named after him. Byrd and Bennett received the Medal of Honor from President Calvin Coolidge after their flight to the North Pole. All of the above had ticker tape parades in New York City for their various exploits – even “Wrong Way Corrigan” who flew from Floyd Bennett Field in New York City in 1938 and landed in Ireland when his destination was purported to be California.

On August 24, 1932 Amelia Earhart left Los Angeles to become the first woman to fly nonstop solo across America from coast to coast. She arrived at Newark Airport in New Jersey at about 11:30 A.M. on the 25th where she was met by enthusiastic crowds. She completed the trip in just over 19 hours. Three months earlier in the same plane she had already been the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic on the fifth anniversary of Lindbergh’s famous flight, the first such flight by anyone since “Lucky Lindy.” The next year she would break her transcontinental record for a woman by two hours. She held several other records and “firsts” for female pilots involving speed, altitude, and distance.

Five years later Earhart and her navigator Frederick Noonan lost their bearings over the Pacific Ocean and disappeared on a planned round-the-world flight by the longest route ever attempted. Several theories about their ultimate fate have been suggested but no trace of them was ever found. The search actually continues today. Read more here and here.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Amelia Earhart saw her first plane when she was 10 years old and first boarded a plane when she was 20.
  • There is an Amelia Earhart Museum in Atchison, Kansas.
  • At least three other women died in attempted transatlantic flights before Amelia Earhart made her first in 1928 accompanying two male pilots.
  • Twenty month old Charles Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped in 1932. Richard Hauptman was convicted of murder in one of the most famous criminal trials of the century and executed though some historians question his guilt.
  • Floyd Bennett Field was the first municipal airport in New York City. No longer an active airfield, it is a park in the Gateway National Recreation Area of New York and New Jersey.
  • Wiley Post was the first pilot to complete a solo round-the-world flight, returning to Floyd Bennett Field in 1933. He was killed in a crash with American humorist Will Rogers while attempting a flight across the North Pole to the USSR in 1935. Read more here.
  • In the process of setting altitude records, Wiley Post discovered the jet stream.
  • Wrong Way (Douglas) Corrigan is reported to have admitted late in life that his mistake was intentional. He died at 88 in 1995.
  • Earhart's transatlantic/trancontinental plane, the Wright Brothers 1903 plane, Lindbergh's transatlantic plane, and Post's "round-the-world "Winnie Mae" can all be seen at the Nat'l Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.
 

June 18, 2016

Our annual Used Curriculum Sale was held on June 18 at Chapel of the Cross in Westboro, conveniently located near the Massachusetts Turnpike and routes 9 and 495. The sale is one of the highlights of our year, full of bargains and eager shoppers, as hundreds of homeschoolers seek out bargains to supply their needs for another year. Every year thousand of items, including loads of free ones, find new homes. Full details on the 2016 sale can be found here. The sale date for 2017 is to be determined.

NEWS ITEMS

Victory in Norway!

Not so long ago homeschoolers were threatend with imprisonment here in the USA. While things have changed here our fellow homeschoolers in other countries still face dire consequences for following their conscience in regard to the training of their children. There is good news out of Norway for supporters of religious freedom and parental rights: Marius and Ruth Bodnariu will soon be reunited with all their children. Read more

Fun Free Fridays June 24 to August 26:

Each Friday from June 24 to August 26, eight museum and performance sites across the state (new ones each week) will open their doors to the public at no charge. See details here.

Parental Rights:

This is an issue of great importance to homeschoolers everywhere.  Parental rights are increasingly threatened as more members of our judiciary begin to take cues from international law and custom.  These are decidedly unfriendly to homeschooling. For more information and to join the battle to preserve parental rights, please visit  www.parentalrights.org.

MassHOPE Future Events

Home School Convention:

2017: April 27-29

Planning is underway for another great convention. Details will be posted to the convention page as they become available.

2016: April 28-30

Another convention is history. If you weren't there you missed great speakers like Heidi St.John, a fun and exciting Children's Program, a challenging Teen Track, and loads of helpful vendors. Recordings can be ordered here. Mark your calendars for next year. You won't want to miss it.

High School Graduation:

2017: Date TBA

2016: Formal Graduation Ceremony (cap & gown) June 4, 2016

Our formal graduation ceremony took place at Holden Chapel in Holden, Massachusetts at 2:00 PM on June 4, 2016. We had our largest group of homeschool graduates thus far participating - 57. What an encouragement it was to those still running the race. What a testimony it was to God's faithfulness to see another fine group move on to the next stage of their lives. Please visit our graduation page for details of next year's event as they become available.

 

Coming Events

April 27 - 29, 2017
Annual Convention

2017 TBA
Formal Graduation

2017 TBA
Used Curriculum Sale



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