It is with a good deal of sadness that the Coolidge Foundation bids farewell to Rushad Thomas. Rushad has served capably as Program and Editorial Associate for the past three years.
From leading our annual reading of the Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, to organizing dozens of Coolidge debate tournaments and camps, to inspiring young people on tours through historic Plymouth Notch, to editing our “News from the Notch” and “Coolidge Quarterly,” Rushad has contributed to the growth and success of the Coolidge Foundation. As is evident in his farewell essay below, Rushad has proven a strong ambassador for Coolidge. He even takes the lead on our Coolidge Scholars video.
While we don’t like seeing Rushad go, the Foundation is excited about his new opportunity to work for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in Washington, DC. And we are certain this is not a “goodbye,” but rather a “we’ll see you soon,” because we know Rushad will be back to the Notch time and time again in the years to come.
In 1918, while Calvin Coolidge was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, the outbreak of Spanish Influenza hit the United States and wreaked havoc across the nation. Massachusetts was hit hard. By late September of that year, there had been an estimated 50,000 cases of flu in the Bay State. Within two weeks, 850 Bostonians had died. […]
By Daniel Wright The Coolidges had been eager to travel since leaving public life in 1929. Invited numerous times to see sunny Florida, this was their first opportunity to visit as private citizens but it came with obligation: the request to deliver a speech. Coolidge spoke on “The Economics of Life Insurance” at Vinoy Park […]
We are pleased to announce The Real Calvin Coolidge periodical series is now available free in digital format online. The Real Calvin Coolidge is a series of booklets published by the Coolidge Foundation from 1983 to 2005. Comprised of eighteen volumes, The Real Calvin Coolidge offers insights into the life of our thirtieth president, and features a variety of articles written […]