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" Honey bees―and the features linked to them―have quietly prompted American values for 4 centuries. in the course of each significant interval within the country's heritage, bees and beekeepers have represented order and balance in a rustic with no nationwide faith, political get together, or language. Bees in the United States is an enlightening cultural heritage of bees and beekeeping within the usa. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, bargains a different social and technological background from the colonial interval, while the British first brought bees to the hot international, to the current, whilst bees are getting used through the yank army to discover bombs. Early ecu colonists brought bees to the hot international as a part of an agrarian philosophy borrowed from the Greeks and Romans. Their legacy used to be meant to supply sustenance and a livelihood for immigrants looking for new possibilities, and the honey bee grew to become an indication of colonization, alerting local americans to settlers' westward boost. Colonists imagined their very own endeavors by way of bees' hallmark features of and thrift and a twin of the busy and transforming into hive quickly formed American beliefs approximately paintings, relations, group, and relaxation. identical to the hive endured to be renowned within the eighteenth century, symbolizing a society operating jointly for the typical reliable and reflecting Enlightenment rules of order and stability. under a half-century later, Mormons settling Utah (where the bee is the country image) followed the hive as a metaphor for his or her secure and close-knit tradition that revolved round undefined, concord, frugality, and cooperation. within the nice melancholy, beehives supplied meals and bartering items for lots of farm households, and through international battle II, the battle nutrition management steered beekeepers to preserve each ounce of beeswax their bees supplied, as greater than one million kilos a yr have been getting used within the manufacture of battle items starting from waterproofing items to tape. The bee continues to be a bellwether in smooth the USA. Like such a lot of different bugs and animals, the bee inhabitants used to be decimated through the growing to be use of chemical insecticides within the Nineteen Seventies. however, beekeeping has skilled a revival as common items containing honey and beeswax have elevated the visibility and desirability of the honey bee. nonetheless a robust illustration of luck, the industrious honey bee maintains to serve either as a resource of source of revenue and a metaphor for globalization as the United States emerges as a pacesetter within the details Age.

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Water Bicycle, c. 1902. Excelsior boat builder Andrew Peterson is demonstrating his version of the “Bicycle Boat” or “Water Cycle,” a popular novelty in the 1890s. When pedaled, a submerged wheel turned a propeller at the stern. ) 64 M ail Delivery, Excelsior, 1902. Excelsior was a hub for the new Rural Free Delivery, with routes radiating out from the town to farmlands. Lou Perkins began 35-mile rural route No. 3 in 1900 with his mare, Pet, who missed only 12 trips. He reported that the winter of 1904 was a strenuous one, but he had not missed a trip or frozen any part of his body.

Today, it is used for private offices and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. ) 48 Mound Grade School. The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1908 to accommodate the town’s growing population. After 1917, kindergarten classes were added, and in 1942, it was retired from the education system and used as an ammunition box factory during World War II. In 1946, it was the first home of Mound Metalcraft, later known as Tonka Toys. Rendered unusable after fire damage, the building was demolished in 1964.

Excelsior, c. 1883. This view from the roof of the Slater House looks northwest up Second Street toward Water Street from today’s School Avenue. Major structures shown include, from left to right, the Central Boarding House, Dr. R. Perkins’s home, Gates’s Livery barn, Newell’s store, Excelsior House (four stories), Long View House (three stories), and the White House hotel. ) 58 Excelsior Depot. The Excelsior Depot stood at Water and Third Streets and was built by the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway in 1883.

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