You know we celebrate our nation’s independence on the 4th of July. But, do you know how this holiday came to be? When was it first celebrated? What is its true meaning? Let me share with you this...
Category - American History
Father’s Day actually has roots going back to the early Middle ages, just after the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe. Churches celebrated a version. But, it took until the 1970s for it to become a...
The French were interacting with North American Natives for a century before the English. Here's how they established friendly relations and learned each others' languages.
The telephone was invented earlier than most people may realize. By 1900, it was already present in some private households.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May and is meant to celebrate and honor those who fell during service with the U.S. military. The point of the holiday is clear, but its origins are...
Oklahoma was originally set aside as a reservation for Natives. Yet, Americans wanted to settle there. Here's how Oklahoma went from a reservation to a state.
This American icon cartoonist embraced the countries of his heritage but became a controversial figure for animation in over 75 countries.
The Roanoke Marshes lighthouse is a replica of the third lighthouse to stand on its site. There are a lot of reasons why lighthouses were important structures in coastal areas in the past. They are...
The Seminole Wars played an important part in the American settlement of Florida.
Andrew Johnson was the first American president to be impeached. Why was he impeached and why did he get to keep his office? It's an interesting story.
The Bodie Island lighthouse is an important historical landmark in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. It is actually the third lighthouse to sit on that island, and has recently undergone...
Are you interested in American history? You will love these five sites that represent some of the best-preserved landmarks the nation has to offer.
Before trains and automobiles, it was riverboats that connected America. You can learn more about the rich American tradition of steamships here.
Summer camps are a slice of Americana that comes with more than 100 years of rich history. Learn more about how camps originated here!
Daylight Savings Time is an idea that has been around for more than 100 years, and was implemented nationwide in Germany a little over a century ago. Here is its history, and how (and why) it is used...
Presidents' Day is a holiday that is celebrated in February, and usually means a day off work or school for many people. It is also highly associated with retail sales, as many businesses hold a...
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is a historic treasure that you must visit. Learn more about the museum and its history here!
Vermont is our 14th state, the first to join the nation after the Revolution. It also spent some time as an independent nation. Here's Vermont's story.
Martin Luther King Jr Day is one of two federal holidays we celebrate in January (the other being New Year's Day). Here's the story of how it got started.
The Alien and Sedition Act cost President John Adams re-election. Here's why this act made our nation's 2nd president the first to lose a re-election campaign.
In 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid in a star-studded Masonic ceremony. No one has seen it since. Here's the story of the missing cornerstone.
Florida has changed hands many times in its long history as a European colony and state. Here's the story of Florida's journey from Spanish outpost to 27th state.
Texas spent ten years as an independent nation. Those years were wild ones for the Lone Star State. Here's what happened in Texas that made it so tumultuous.
Margaret Christine Otis Baker is a local heroine in the town of Dover, New Hampshire. Her amazing colonial American story of captivity, conversion (three times), and a love story that saw her leave...
Jimmy Stewart is an American actor best known for playing George Bailey in the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Yet, there was way more to Jimmy Stewart than just a famous movie role...
The Articles of Confederation came before the Constitution. Our nation operated under them for 8 years. What were the Articles and why were they changed?
There was a period of time in colonial New Hampshire when colonists were regularly abducted by Indians & sold to the French in Canada. This is why they did it.
What is the real story behind Thanksgiving and how did your ancestors celebrate it? Read on to discover the answer.
We Americans recognize those as the first lines of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but to the author of those words, Francis Scott Key, the question was real.
Have you visited Angel Island in San Francisco? What do you think about building a state park on an island with such a storied past?