ON LOCATION: Glen Echo Park: Exploration Series

By
K.G Bethlehem

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

August 26, 2017, My daughter and I took a trip to Glen Echo Park. I remembered this from a while ago. She was 10 months old at the time and to put this in perspective from the time differences, she is almost 8 years old now. She could remember the first trip and that made sense—how could she?

 

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

What I recalled before, was taking her to see a puppet show. She appeared to enjoy it. What I didn’t know at the time, is that this had history, even history connecting to the civil war. It was not always a park, especially a park geared towards children. I made several recordings of this trip and took pictures to document the experience.

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Edwin and Edward Baltzley, inventors, industrialists but more importantly, real estate developers. They wanted to create a living space, just outside of Washington DC. A section of town free from the pollution, new business, essentially a suburbia metropolitan minus the inconveniences of city life. This was their plan in 1891. The Baltzley Inc. created the National Chautauqua of Glen Echo.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


Unfortunately, in 1892, many Baltzley enterprises were seriously in debt. By the spring of that year, the Glen Echo Railroad Company was severely underfunded. Their troubles did not lessen due to a rumored outbreak of malaria and even though these rumors were not confirmed, it hurt the status of the Baltzley Brothers. As a result, this concession of terrible circumstances, the National Chautauque of Glen Echo fell into ruin.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


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In the early part of the 20th century, the Chautauqua site was reinvented into an amusement park called Glen Echo Park. The park did have a dark history, as part of their times, segregation was immersed in its infrastructure. On June 30, 1960, to draw attention to the continuing segregation, a group of college students (primarily from Howard University) staged a sit-in protest on the carousel. Five African American students were subsequently arrested for trespassing. The arrests were appealed to the Supreme Court four years later, and the convictions were reversed in Griffin v. Maryland on the grounds that the state had unconstitutionally used its police power to help a private business enforce its racial discrimination policy. (Scharfenberg, Kirk (April 2, 1969). “Laughter Dies At Glen Echo”.The Washington Post. Glen Echo Park – Frequently Asked Questions (U.S. National Park Service). The Washington Post, Protest on a Sculpted Horse (June 29, 2004).


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But for this article here are pictures from the current with a glimpse in the past. As for all of United States History racism is as American as the baseball and Marilyn Monroe. The outlook beauty of it is stained with blood and tears of the oppressed. I seen a park today is enjoyable to young kids but we must always remember that it was not for all kids. Unless you want to bring back such evil, fight to eliminate it forever.

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018


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​Glen Echo Park seems to be doing that, well at least from outward appearances.

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Photo by K.G Bethlehem / Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC. Oct. 2018

 

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ON LOCATION: St. Louis Hispanic Heritage Festival

By
F. Kenneth Taylor

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15th to October 15th .  Much like Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month was created to acknowledge and honor the contributions Hispanics have made in the United States.  As of 2010, according to a PEW study, the Hispanic population in the U.S. had grown to approximately 50 million.  During this month; Hispanic history, culture, and traditions are also recognized.

Photographer Unk. Title Unk. http://www.STLToday.com. Oct. 8th, 2017

‘Hispanic(s)’ gives reference to natives and descendants of any of the 22 Spanish speaking countries including; Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and many others.  Alongside their native language of ‘Spanish’, which one-fifth of the world now speaks. Hispanic influence can be seen most evident in United States from city and state names to politics. Nevada, Colorado, San Diego, Florida, San Antonio, are just a few U.S cities and states with Hispanic titles.

Prominent Hispanics in American politics include; Jorge Ramos, a Mexican-American Journalist and News Anchor who has been hailed as “The Walter Cronkite of Latin America.”  Justice Sonia Sotomayor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 by former President, Barrack Obama. Senators Ted Cruz and Marc Rubio, both emigrated from Cuba and became most known as Republican Presidential Candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election. Eva Longoria, who many know as an actress, has a Masters in Chicano Studies, and founded The Eva Longoria Foundation, which aids in STEM funding, and focuses on Latino Entrepreneurship. Finally, Antonia C. Novello, is not only the first female Surgeon General, but also the first Hispanic to hold the position.

Photographer Unk. Title Unk. http://www.constitutioncenter.org. Oct. 8th, 2017

For slightly over 2 decades, St. Louis has presented a Hispanic Heritage Festival for its Hispanic population and city residents. In a YouTube video, Festival Board Member, Elisa Bender, tells us how the event grew from a single-day function in Chesterfield, with a $500 budget to a major, 3-day event in Downtown St. Louis.

Photographer Unk. Title Unk. http://www.stlmag.com. Oct. 8th, 2017

This year, the festival was held in St. Louis’ Historic Soulard District, at Soulard Park. During the weekend, the festival highlights Hispanic/Latina music with live bands, vocalists, and dancers from Panama, Mexico, Venezuela, and Bolivia.  The dancers and dances are most recognized for their vibrant and elegantly sewn dresses, colors, amazing choreography, and story-telling routines. The festival’s food vendors are also from various countries as well like; Argentina, Columbia, and Peru, just to name a few. Other booths and vendors display crafts such as the Children’s Pavilion, which allows kids a more interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Farm animals which included; a camel, goats, pigs, and chickens, were on-site at the festival for kids and festival-goers to see. Jump-houses, kiddie-train rides, rock climbing, and mechanical bull rides for all ages, were also available. There’s plenty to see and do at The St. Louis Hispanic Heritage Festival.

 

Sources:
  • Wikipedia.com
  • YouTube.com

Leonila’s Perfect Debut!

Last night, Friday, September 22nd, 2017, Some’n Unique Magazine, LLC introduced and debuted, “Leonila’s Writes Of Passage,” the newest show under the BJCS Network on BlogTalkRadio. The show is hosted by Leonila Barnes, a New York native of Puerto Rican descent.  Leonila is a proud mother, wife, and aspiring poet working on her first book of poetry.

 

Leonila has trained on and off-air with S.U.M Owner, F. Kenneth Taylor, and S.U.M General Manager, K.G. Bethlehem on BlogTalkRadio in preparation for her role as Host of “Leonila’s Writes Of Passage,” which will discuss all aspects of the writing industry and later feature guest interviews.

Leonila’s Writes Of Passage airs Fridays at 7p EST on BlogTalkRadio