The Path to American Independence

May 12th, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD n June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia delivered to the Continental Congress a resolution, known as the Lee Resolution, declaring the colonies of British America to be free and independent states. It reads as follows: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent […]


The Principle of Federalism

April 1st, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD James Wilson was a Scottish-born Pennsylvanian who was one of the leading jurists in the early years after the ratification of the Constitution. He served on the Committee of Detail that produced the first draft of the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. He is regarded as the principal designer of […]


Save the Date!

March 8th, 2022 News

12 Annual Golf Classic – 24 June 2022 at Bear Trail Golf Club, Jacksonville, NC. Presented by Coastal Enterprises on behalf of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute Registration and payment can be completed online, by check/mail, or email/phone. To register online: Click on the link to access the Online Registration […]


Free People as Citizens

February 23rd, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD The Philadelphia Convention concluded its business on 17, September 1787. Ten days later, on 27, September, there appeared the first of seven letters written to the citizens of New York under the pseudonym “Cato.” The letters are intended to help New Yorkers think about the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed new […]


On Reason and Emotion

February 4th, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD             Speech pathologists in several parts of the country are reporting as much as 300% increases in their business from children struggling to learn to speak correctly because the adults around them are so often masked.  It appears that when little ones are learning to talk, they need to see the moving […]


What Form of Government did the Constitution Create?

January 3rd, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD Today most Americans are in the habit of referring to our form of government as a democracy, but in Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution we read the following: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government,…” Were we to ask Americans to […]


Chief Executive Officer Position Announcement

December 3rd, 2021 News

CAROLINA MUSEUM OF THE MARINE AND AL GRAY CIVIC INSTITUTE Carolina Museum of the Marine and Al Gray Civic Institute, which is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who can lead the successful construction of the Museum and further the development and expansion of the Institute. THE MISSION Carolina […]


North Carolina brings honor home to Marines and Sailors with $26 Million Appropriation to Build Carolina Museum of the Marine and Al Gray Civic Institute

November 19th, 2021 News

Jacksonville, NC –  Marines are known for ingenuity, perseverance and fighting to the finish. Eastern North Carolina is seeing the fruits of its determined Marine veterans and retirees as plans to break ground on a 40,000 square foot museum and civic institute become a reality. Senator Harry Brown (retired) and Senator Mike Lazzara took up […]


NC Senator Mike Lazzara and Representative George Cleveland introduce bills in support of Carolina Museum of the Marine and Civic Institute

March 4th, 2021 News

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering two identical bills in the House and the Senate this session. The bills appropriate $26M toward the construction of Carolina Museum of the Marine and Civic Institute to be headquartered in Jacksonville, NC. Read House Bill 60, sponsored by Representative Cleveland, Pat McElraft, Phil Shepard, and House Speaker […]


Leaders Can Be Made

January 10th, 2020 News

Meet the graduating class of “Leaders Can Be Made”, the pilot program developed by Major General Mel Spiese, USMC (Ret) and introduced by ethics professor, Jim Danielson, PhD at Swansboro High School, Swansboro, NC. “I learned critical thinking skills,” says student Rodolfo Heredia, “and that really helps when I’m making decisions.” The Marine Experience and […]

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