United States History Timeline

This fun timeline features History Quick highlights. Each one links to the original post or item in the Store. As you read through the list, it is interesting to consider how these things overlap and influenced one another.


April 27, 1791 – Samuel F. B. Morse birth





July 31, 1837 – Mary Allen West birth


May 24, 1844 – First message sent by telegraph


January 24, 1855 – Mary Allen West graduates from college

October 7, 1858 – 5th Lincoln-Douglas debate

February 14, 1859 – George W.G. Ferris, Jr, born


April 3, 1860 – first Pony Express run begins in St. Joseph, Missouri

October 24, 1861 – completion of the transcontinental telegraph line

October 26, 1861 – the end of the Pony Express


April 2, 1872 – Samuel F.B. Morse death



December 1, 1892 – Mary Allen West death

May 1, 1893 – Opening day of the World’s Fair in Chicago (Columbian Exposition)

June 21, 1893 – First day of the Ferris Wheel at Columbian Exposition

November 28, 1896 – George W.G. Ferris death



December 5, 1916 – Last known stagecoach robbery


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Samuel Morse
Morse Code
The Ferris Wheel

History Articles

Let’s Ride with the Pony Express!

We have an exciting ONLINE event coming to History Quick! Here’s what you need to do to participate: Every year, the National Pony Express Association sponsors a “Re-Ride” of the original pony express route. We were going to follow along beginning August 26, 2020, BUT like many things this year, the Re-Ride was cancelled for…

April 27, 1791: Birthday of Samuel Morse

Today is the birthday of Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872). Known as Finley to his family, he was born in Charlestown Massachusetts, the oldest child of Rev. Jedediah and Elizabeth (Finley) Morse. Of course he is remembered as the inventor of the American electro-magnetic telegraph and his famous Morse Code. His achievements and contributions to…

Scott Joplin and the Square Piano

Have you ever had piano lessons? Maybe you are taking piano lessons now. What kind of piano keyboard do you have? A few people have a lovely grand piano. These wonderful instruments are also found in concert halls, churches and schools…that have the SPACE for them. An upright, or vertical, piano is more common in…

Lombard Pianos

Before the Civil War, most of the pianos in America were imported. In the years after the Civil War until the Great Depression, the American piano industry grew to manufacture about half of the pianos in the world. A piano in the home suggested that this was a refined, educated household. [Related: September 18, 1899:…

September 18, 1899: Copyright of Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

Setting the Scene: 1899 The Spanish-American war ended. Aspirin was patented. Carnation made its first can of evaporated milk. The first motor-driven vacuum cleaner (gasoline powered!) was invented by J.S. Thurman. A United States patent is issued to Ferdinand von Zeppelin for his “Navigable Balloon.” The first known use of the word “automobile” appeared in…

Scott Joplin

You may not recognize his name but I bet you will recognize his music! Some years ago, I lived in northeast Texas in a small community called Hughes Springs. I absolutely love that part of Texas and if life had unfolded differently for me, I would have been totally content to finish out my days…

How Do Organ Pipes Work?

Discover how simple air is tranformed into music as it travels through the pipes of the organ. Learn how the materials used to construct the pipes, as well as the size of the pipes, all contribute to the sound they make. These videos are intersting on their own, but are used to illustrate and demonstrate…

The Story of the Pipe Organ

This is the story of one of the oldest instruments and, until relatively recently, the mankind’s most complex machine. These videos are intersting on their own, but are used to illustrate and demonstrate topics found in the printable, The Story of the Pipe Organ. It is available for purchase here and in the Maestro Heights…

Mary Allen West

First, the backstory. For five years, I was the Director of Music/Organist for Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, Illinois. This magnificent building is on the National Register of Historic Places and tours of church are frequent. I hosted many of those tours and learned much about the people who are memorialized by the stained glass…

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris Pipe Organ

The world watched in frozen horror as news broadcasts showed a fire blazing through the Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. The fate of the historic building and its contents hung in the balance. The damage was extensive, yet somehow, miraculously even, some things survived. Among the remaining treasures in the cathedral is the…

February 16, 1848: Chopin’s Final Concert

Born in the Duchy of Warsaw (present-day Poland) and raised in Warsaw, Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) settled in Paris by the time he was 21 years old.  His musical compositions are primarily for solo piano and remain among the most popular selections for students, artists, and audiences.  While admired for his technical virtuosity at the piano, he was generally…

“Be Thou But Near”

Johann Sebastian Bach.  Often considered to be the organist among organists and the composer among composers, many of his melodies are instantly recognizable and familiar. And such is the case with the song we are looking at today, Bist Du Bei Mir or Be Thou But Near.  There’s just one little problem.  Bach didn’t write…

Bunte Blätter, Opus 99, by Robert Schumann

Between 1838 to 1841, German composer Robert Schumann wrote the fourteen piano pieces which later became collectively known as Opus 99, Bunte Blätter (Colorful Leaves).  It is an unusual collection, consisting of Stücklein III (Three Small Pieces), five untitled Albumblätter (Album Leaves), and six individual piano pieces. Schumann was first a composer for solo piano. …

Music Plate Engraving

Maybe you selected a song to learn, purchased it, and have spent hours looking at it while practicing.  Maybe you found some old pieces of sheet music in a piano bench.  Have you ever give stopped to think how that page of music was printed?  There were — and still are — multiple ways to…

“O God, Beyond All Praising” (THAXTED)

It was during the turmoil of World War I that English composer Gustav Holst completed The Planets, arguably one of the most popular orchestral suites ever written.   The suite has seven movements, each named for a planet.  While experiencing the complete suite is certainly ideal, movements are sometimes performed individually.  In the case of…

A day in Hammond Organ history

When U.S. Patent 1,956,350 was issued to Laurens Hammond on April 24, 1934, for an “electrical musical instrument,”  the world of music changed forever. My first organ was a Hammond.  My Aunt Vina, my school, my church and just about everyone else I knew who had an organ, had a Hammond organ.  Do you know…

Additional Curated Pipe Organ Videos

1442, Rysum, Germany
1774, Italian Positive in Roccavione, Cuneo, Italy
Wonderful overview (or review!)
Hand pumped bellows
Wind chest