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6 hours ago
Shippen Manor

#LeapYear2024

Happy Leap Day! Any Facebook posts done today will not show up as "remember this" for four more years.

But, what is Leap Year?

A "common" calendar year consists of 365 days, but it actually takes the Earth 365.242190 days (or 365-1/4 days) to complete one orbit around the Sun.
A "sidereal" year ("Leap Year") is slightly longer (by 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds) and needs to be accounted for. If we didn't account for this small amount of time, it would accumulate over the years and completely off-set our seasons. The Smithsonian Institute estimates that if we did not account for the extra time, that in 700 years, our summers would occur in December. (Look at how many "fake springs" we've had this winter.)
Example:
2021 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2022 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2023 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2024 -- 366 days -- welcome to Leap Year!

By adding an extra day every four years, our calendar years adjust to the sidereal year.

But, did you also know that Leap Years haven't always occurred every four years? In 2000, it was a leap year, but in 1700, 1800 and 1900, they were to. The next time a Leap Year is skipped will be in 2100.

Also, the extra day in a Leap Year isn't necessarily 24 hours long. Sidereal years are 23.262222 hours long. (That means, this year there will be 366 days in the year.)

HISTORY & LEAP YEAR

Fun facts!
1. 8th c BCE, the Roman calendar consisted of 10 months (March to December). Winter season was ignored and there are no months to signify it.
2. Pope Gregory XIII added leap day to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 and chose February because it was the shortest month.
3. Leap year babies are called "leapers" or "leaplings".
4. Feb 29 is the traditional day for women to propose to men.
5. Some cultures see Feb 29 as an "unlucky" day. (Italy-- "Anno bisesto, anno funesto" or "leap year, doom year")
6. Feb 29 is not a legal day (How is that possible? Well, if you're born on Feb 29, you get to choose Feb 28 or Mar 1 as your birthday instead.)
7. There are two Leap Year Capitals of the World-- Texas and New Mexico (both claim the title and hold extravagant celebrations)

So, if you are born on February 29, Happy Birthday Leapers!

#ShippenManordoesScience #LeapYear #2024

RESOURCES:

Baker, Harry. "Why do we have leap years? And how did they come about?" LiveScience. www.livescience.com/human-behavior/why-do-we-have-leap-years-and-how-did-they-come-about

Craddock, Bob. "The Science of Leap Year." 27 Feb 2010. airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/science-leap-year

"What is a Leap Year?" NASA Science. Space Place. spaceplace.nasa.gov/leap-year/en/
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#LeapYear2024

Happy Leap Day! Any Facebook posts done today will not show up as remember this for four more years.

But, what is Leap Year?

A common calendar year consists of 365 days, but it actually takes the Earth 365.242190 days (or 365-1/4 days) to complete one orbit around the Sun. 
A sidereal year (Leap Year) is slightly longer (by 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 56 seconds) and needs to be accounted for. If we didnt account for this small amount of time, it would accumulate over the years and completely off-set our seasons. The Smithsonian Institute estimates that if we did not account for the extra time, that in 700 years, our summers would occur in December. (Look at how many fake springs weve had this winter.)
Example:
2021 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2022 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2023 -- 365 days -- not a Leap Year
2024 -- 366 days -- welcome to Leap Year!

By adding an extra day every four years, our calendar years adjust to the sidereal year.

But, did you also know that Leap Years havent always occurred every four years? In 2000, it was a leap year, but in 1700, 1800 and 1900, they were to. The next time a Leap Year is skipped will be in 2100.

Also, the extra day in a Leap Year isnt necessarily 24 hours long. Sidereal years are 23.262222 hours long. (That means, this year there will be 366 days in the year.)

HISTORY & LEAP YEAR

Fun facts!
1. 8th c BCE, the Roman calendar consisted of 10 months (March to December). Winter season was ignored and there are no months to signify it.
2. Pope Gregory XIII added leap day to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582 and chose February because it was the shortest month.
3. Leap year babies are called leapers or leaplings.
4. Feb 29 is the traditional day for women to propose to men.
5. Some cultures see Feb 29 as an unlucky day. (Italy-- Anno bisesto, anno funesto or leap year, doom year)
6. Feb 29 is not a legal day (How is that possible? Well, if youre born on Feb 29, you get to choose Feb 28 or Mar 1 as your birthday instead.)
7. There are two Leap Year Capitals of the World-- Texas and New Mexico (both claim the title and hold extravagant celebrations)

So, if you are born on February 29, Happy Birthday Leapers! 

#ShippenManordoesScience #LeapYear #2024

RESOURCES:

Baker, Harry. Why do we have leap years? And how did they come about? LiveScience. https://www.livescience.com/human-behavior/why-do-we-have-leap-years-and-how-did-they-come-about

Craddock, Bob. The Science of Leap Year. 27 Feb 2010. https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/science-leap-year

What is a Leap Year? NASA Science. Space Place. https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/leap-year/en/
1 week ago
Shippen Manor

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2 weeks ago
Shippen Manor

The Bicentennial Cultural & Heritage Advisory Board presents...

Black History Month Presenter: Wayne C. Sherrer

Mr. Sherrer will discuss his book, "Phorgotten No More: Glimpses of the African-American presence in Phillipsburg, NJ 1777-2021" on Saturday, February 24 (1-3pm) at the Southwest Branch of the County Library (404 Rt 519, Phillipsburg).

The presentation is open to the public and there is no admission fee.
The author will also sell his books ($18.99) and is available to sign them as well.

We hope you can join us!
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The Bicentennial Cultural & Heritage Advisory Board presents...

Black History Month Presenter: Wayne C. Sherrer

Mr. Sherrer will discuss his book, Phorgotten No More: Glimpses of the African-American presence in Phillipsburg, NJ 1777-2021 on Saturday, February 24 (1-3pm) at the Southwest Branch of the County Library (404 Rt 519, Phillipsburg).

The presentation is open to the public and there is no admission fee.
The author will also sell his books ($18.99) and is available to sign them as well.

We hope you can join us!
2 weeks ago
Shippen Manor

#TodayinHistory Remember the Maine!

On 24 January 1898, President William McKinley sent the USS Maine to Havana to protect U.S. interests in Cuba. This was one of America’s first battleships and it weighed more than 6,000 tons and cost more than $2 million.

Two weeks later, on 15 February 1898, a massive explosion occurred aboard the USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana Harbor that killed more the 260 of the over 350 American crew members aboard.

An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled the next month that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly blaming Spain. Public sentiment called for wall with Spain, which was declared in April 1898.

In Arlington Cemetery (Virginia), the USS Maine’s mast is a part of the memorial and all of the crewmembers are buried around or inside of the memorial.

#USSMaine #SpanishAmericanWar #USHistory #NJHistory #ShippenManor #RIP

RESOURCES
“Remember the Maine!” Today in History. Library of Congress. www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/february-15/.

“Sinking of the USS Maine.” Newspapers.com. www.newspapers.com/topics/american-imperialism/sinking-uss-maine/.

“Sinking of the Maine: Topics in Chronicling America.” Library of Congress. guides.loc.gov/chronicling-america-sinking-maine.

“The USS Maine Explodes in Cuba’s Havana Harbor.” The History Channel. www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-maine-explodes.
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#TodayinHistory Remember the Maine!

On 24 January 1898, President William McKinley sent the USS Maine to Havana to protect U.S. interests in Cuba. This was one of America’s first battleships and it weighed more than 6,000 tons and cost more than $2 million.
 
Two weeks later, on 15 February 1898, a massive explosion occurred aboard the USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana Harbor that killed more the 260 of the over 350 American crew members aboard. 

An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled the next month that the ship was blown up by a mine, without directly blaming Spain. Public sentiment called for wall with Spain, which was declared in April 1898.

In Arlington Cemetery (Virginia), the USS Maine’s mast is a part of the memorial and all of the crewmembers are buried around or inside of the memorial.

#USSMaine #SpanishAmericanWar #USHistory #NJHistory #ShippenManor #RIP

RESOURCES
“Remember the Maine!” Today in History. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/february-15/. 

“Sinking of the USS Maine.” Newspapers.com. https://www.newspapers.com/topics/american-imperialism/sinking-uss-maine/. 

“Sinking of the Maine: Topics in Chronicling America.” Library of Congress. https://guides.loc.gov/chronicling-america-sinking-maine. 

“The USS Maine Explodes in Cuba’s Havana Harbor.” The History Channel. https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-maine-explodes.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
2 weeks ago
Shippen Manor

Dear neighbors, friends and community members.

Our friends at the Campbell Cultural Heritage House (Captain James Campbell was a black Morris Canal boat Captain) are co-sponsoring an event for Black History Month called "This is Your Lives! Black Fathers: Black History Fatherhood Tribute" that is scheduled for Sun., Feb 18th (3:30-5:30pm) at the Mt. Pisgah AME Church on North Lincoln. See the flyer before for more information.

#CampbellCulturalHeritageHouse #BlackHistoryMonth #WarrenCoNJ
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Dear neighbors, friends and community members.

Our friends at the Campbell Cultural Heritage House (Captain James Campbell was a black Morris Canal boat Captain) are co-sponsoring an event for Black History Month called This is Your Lives! Black Fathers: Black History Fatherhood Tribute that is scheduled for Sun., Feb 18th (3:30-5:30pm) at the Mt. Pisgah AME Church on North Lincoln. See the flyer before for more information.

#CampbellCulturalHeritageHouse #BlackHistoryMonth #WarrenCoNJ
2 weeks ago
Shippen Manor

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Happy Valentines Day from the staff and volunteers at Shippen Manor.

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