Historic Flags of the Smithsonian – A Visitor’s Guide

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Until the War of 1812, the American flag was generally considered a utilitarian object and didn’t attract the reverence of the general public. Its primary function was to identify ships and forts. Throughout history, the flag has emerged time and again to rally the nation in a time of crisis. Continue reading

Fact or Fiction: Familiar Stories About the Founding Fathers and Past Presidents

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The Founding Fathers are celebrated and, you might say, revered by most Americans. Americans are naturally interested in the founding of the nation whose flag they wave and hearing stories about the men and women responsible its foundation. Because of this, many familiar stories have been told about them. Some of the stories are true, some of them are apocryphal, but which ones are which? Continue reading

Contemporary Celebrities Who Volunteer with the USO

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The USO (United Service Organization) is a wonderful program that is focused on helping men and women in the Armed Forces stay connected to family and their country. President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the USO in 1941 to lift the morale of military members while in uniform. The USO is chartered by Congress but relies heavily on private donations to function. Today, there are over 200 USO centers in many countries on every continent. Continue reading

Bringing the Past to Life – 18 Engaging American History Lessons

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History has never been one of the most popular topics in school for most students. The thought of needing to memorize a page full of facts and dates is enough to give the shudders to even the most stoic of students. How many times did a history teacher hear, “But why can’t history be fun?” Continue reading

Best American History Picture Books for Young Children

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Getting your child excited about history starts with reading to them at a young age. With a myriad of books about history, there are so many excellent books to pick from. Each of these books will spark your child’s imagination, as well as give them a small sense of pride as they begin to understand the country they are a part of. Continue reading

Celebrating Our Finest Leaders: Top Five Presidential Libraries

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Presidential libraries are quintessentially and patriotically American. Located across the United States, these libraries are nothing like your local neighborhood library. In fact, the 15 Presidential libraries are a combination of national history, the personal history of the leaders of the land, and a record of the times in which the leaders served. Continue reading

Best American History Museums for the Whole Family

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Memorial Day may have passed, but it is always a good time to catch up on American history. Fully stocked with original artifacts, museums that focus on U.S. history also provide unique hands-on experiences that truly immerse you in historical events. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the seven best American history museums for the whole family to help you decide where to visit this summer. Continue reading