The Transcontinental Railroad

Hey everyone! This is AwesomeEwok and today I’m gonna tell you about the Transcontinental Railroad. On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah, and drove a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. Since 1832, both Eastern and frontier statesmen realized a need to connect the two coasts. It was not until 1853, though, that Congress appropriated funds to survey several routes for the transcontinental railroad. The actual building of the railroad would have to wait even longer, as North-South tensions prevented Congress from reaching an agreement on where the line would begin. One year into the Civil War, a Republican-controlled Congress passed the Pacific Railroad Act, guaranteeing public land grants and loans to the two railroads it chose to build the transcontinental line, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific. With these in hand, the railroads began work in 1866 from Omaha and Sacramento, forging a northern route across the country. In their eagerness for land, the two lines built right past each other, and the final meeting place had to be renegotiated. Harsh winters, staggering summer heat, Indian raids and the lawless, rough-and-tumble conditions of newly settled western towns were many problems that made the Union Pacific workers miserable. After all the adversity they suffered, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific workers were able to finish the railroad laying nearly 2,000 miles of track by 1869, ahead of schedule and under budget. Their work had a immediate impact. The years following the construction of the railway were years of rapid growth and expansion of the United States. Well that’s all the time I have for today I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

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Moby Dick

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and today I’m gonna tell you about the Novel, Moby Dick. This book is about a man named Ishmael and his adventure on the Pequod. At the start of the book Ishmael decided that he wanted to hunt whales on the open sea. Ishmael starts his journey at New Bedford, Massachusetts. He then meets a harpooner named QueeQueg. Soon they travel to Nantucket where they join the crew of the Pequod. They then began their hunt for whales. Soon they meet the mysterious captain Ahab and learn that a white whale ate his right leg. After a few days of catching whales, captain Ahab tells the crew to be on the lookout for a white whale, and if they found it go after it immediately. Soon they pass many ships that warn Ahab not to chase the white whale. But Ahab refuses to give up his search. Finally the Pequod finds the white whale and chase it for three days. Then Ahab meets his fate. And the white whale destroys the Pequod. And the only survivor was Ishmael. Soon Ishmael was found by a whaling ship and he never saw the white whale again. Well that’s all the time for today I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yup nub on.

Happy May The 4th!

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and happy May the 4th. And today I’m gonna tell you about what Lego has in store for May the 4th. From May 4th trough May 7th, Lego has sales on selected Lego Star Wars sets. But that’s not all, when you purchase a $50 Lego Star Wars set you get a free R2-D2 set. Also you get a free stormtrooper minifigure and a Force Awakens poster. And this year they have some great sets, like the Duel On Naboo, the Rebel U-Wing Fighter, Poe’s X-Wing Fighter, and many more. This year’s May the 4th was awesome! Well I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

Frankenstein

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and today I’m gonna tell you about the story Frankenstein. Frankenstein is about this rich scientist named, Victor Frankenstein. Victor does what no man has done before. He creates a living monster out of dead human body parts. After he created it, it disappears from his laboratory. After it disappears, Victor recieves a letter from his father telling him that his younger brother has been murdered. Victor returns home and figures out that his monster has killed his brother. So Victor begins a search in the mountains for his monster. He finds it and it tells him about what happened after it left the laboratory. Then the monster demands that Victor creates a female monster so it won’t be alone. Victor agrees and travels to England to begin his horrible work. When Victor was in England he was acompined by his best friend. Little did Victor know that the monster was following him. When Victor was almost finished with his creation he started thinking if he was doing the right thing. What if this monster would attack humans, then he noticed that his monster was out side the window. He then tore the new monster to pieces. Then the monster vowed that he would make Victor Frankenstein suffer. So the monster started killing everyone Victor loved, Starting with his best friend. Then the monster killed Victor’s brother and then his wife. Finally Victor seeked revenge against the monster. He followed it up to the north pole where he met some explorers. then Victor died of fatigue and sorrow and the monster said he would kill himself now that his creator is dead. And with that the monster jumped off the explorer’s ship.

Lego Worlds!

Hey everyone! AwesomeEwok here and today I’m gonna tell you about the new Lego game, Lego Worlds. Lego Worlds is a open area game where you can build, fight, explore, and just have fun. It is a super cool game, it has different vehicles, animals, and characters. You can find chests, search for towns, and explore dungeons. You can also download other people’s world’s and share your creations. It’s a super cool game so watch this trailer. That was awesome! It looks so cool and it’s looks fun to play. Well that’s all for now I’m AwesomeEwok and remember to yub nub on.

Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun

Hi there, Chocokitten123 here and welcome back to Create Like the Greats! Today I am going to talk about Johnny Bulunbulun. Johnny was born in northern Australia, know as Arnhem land, in 1946. When he was older, his family moved to the nearby Christian mission in Milingimbi so that he could attend school. He left school early to work in a variety of labouring jobs on the mission, at the ‘government’ settlement at Maningrida, and with the Armed Services in Darwin. Johnny was a senior member of the Ganalbingu group and was one of the most important singers and ceremonial men in north-central Arnhem Land. Then he moved west of the Arafura Swamp and got married, he married Nelly Wunuwun, and meet her brother, Jack Wunuwun, and got inspired. Then he had a career in 1977 after he was commissioned to complete an individual mural on the wall and ceiling of an underground Australian Defence Department instillation in Canberra. Some of His art pieces were “Bark Painting” and “Bat Dreaming”. Johnny Bulunbulun died in Australia, in 2010 at the age of 64, but he is still remembered as a great artist to this day. I love his art work and I hope you like it too. Well that’s all for now, this is Chocokitten123 and see you next time on Create Like the Greats!

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artVenture 2017

artVenture 2017

This is one for the record books…artVenture 2017 was AMAZING! This year it was held at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Lincoln. It was such a great room that allowed for space not only for the art but for people to walk around and enjoy the whole experience. I was helping out handing out programs and also got a chance to check out the art. This year I was able to do two art pieces – a blinged out deer skull named Beautiful Hunter and a 3D pen art named Butterfly Garden. Both art experiences were different and taught me something new about art.

I love being a part of this experience especially since my mom volunteers. Getting a chance to pass out flyers, help make baskets, pick up items, and work with the great staff at our council only makes me appreciate all the hard work every volunteer gives to give girls like me an amazing opportunity.

This year there was a special VIP event only for adults but this was great because it gave people who never knew what Girl Scouts is about a chance to see that we are more than just cookies and crafting. We had girl artists who welded bridges, created pottery, worked with glass, made beautiful jewelry, and so much more.

This year our featured artist was Tom Sullivan. When my mom showed me some of his art pieces it made me feel different. Some expressed sadness but it was a beautiful sadness. Others made me feel strong and some are just fun like the Mickey and Friends and Beatles one he did. I really liked the special ones he made for the artVenture event. My mom bought me one so that we can have it as a memory of this year’s event. It is really cool to know that he creates art on his free time. It gives me ideas that when I have free time I can work on art as a way to express myself and get better.

Well that is it for now. I can’t wait til next year…but for now you can see our featured artist and hopefully if you are around you can come to this event that is made and supported by Girl Scouts. artventure2017