History for Kids: A Patriotic Page-Turner

“Once there were four lads…
John [Hancock],
Paul [Revere],
George [Washington],
and Ben [Franklin].

Oh yes, there was also Tom [Jefferson], but he was annoyingly independent and hardly ever around.

These lads were always getting into trouble for one reason or another. In other words, they took a few…liberties. And to be honest, they were not always appreciated.
This is the story of five little lads before they became five really big Founding Fathers.”

Looking for an entertaining book with a bit of history for children? Check out John, Paul, George & Ben .
Written by Lane Smith, it’s meant for ages 3 and up and has fantastic illustrations.
Happy flag-waving!


Tuskegee Airmen History (in-person and on-screen)

This week I visited the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic site (in Alabama).

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-Americans who served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Force.

The Airmen were featured this year in a fictionalized action film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.
The National Park Service maintains the historic site I visited inside a hangar. It is not terribly large, but there are several interesting displays and artifacts from the Airmen’s training and service.

The colorful airplane replicas were fantastic!

If you missed the movie in theaters, it will be out on dvd and blu-ray on May 22!

Making History

I am a historian, and spending so much time delving in to the past does mean that it takes me a while to “catch up” to the present. I am no Luddite, and I love technology; but, I admit, I am sometimes a “slow adopter.”
This is my first blog post (please be kind)!

Subject? Product reviews, contests, coupons, deals, family matters–and, when possible, I’ll be taking small nuggets of history and connecting them to the contemporary world.
Goal? To inform, entertain, and engage readers in conversation.
Inspiration? I am a member of @NescafeUSA Tasters, and their ‘Tools for Blogging’ activity really helped both inform and inspire me to get cracking on this.

Take a look through old newspapers at your local library--the stories may fascinate you!

So, stay tuned to this channel for more posts!
Thank you!!