Category - American History

The History of Presidents’ Day

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...

Adams and the Alien and Sedition Act

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.

The Evolution of Florida

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.

The Military Service of Jimmy Stewart

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...

Have You Visited Angel Island?

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?

Navy Before Country

The history of the U.S. Navy is longer than the history of the United States. It's even longer than the idea of the United States.

The History of Covered Bridges in America

The history of covered bridges in North America and the United States is a fascinating one. The bridges that remain are quite beloved and mostly protected. Here is the history of covered bridges in...

The Rise of Iconic U.S. Lighthouses

Lighthouses are an iconic part of Americana that have a rich history stemming back to ancient Egypt. Let me show you some of the history behind them!

Corning Glass and Your Family

Most of us know of Corning Glass as the makers of PYREX and CorningWare. However, Corning has a long, fascinating history of technological innovation.

Your Rebel Ancestors, Part Two: The Women

Just like the Puritan magistrates and ministers were against men wearing their hair long, they were also against the women wearing their hair elaborately. Anything other than a plain bun covered by a...

Were Your Ancestors Social Rebels?

Were your ancestor’s social rebels against societal convention? There was a time in early New England that the leaders did not want men wearing their hair long. They said it was ungodly. Plenty of...

The History of Father’s Day

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 History of Memorial Day

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...

The Ohio State Reformatory

From Civil War camps to modern filmmaking, the Ohio State Reformatory has a long, rich history. You can learn all about this Ohio historical landmark here!