There is very little of the original White House left. Built in 1792, it has suffered 3 disasters over the past 200 years. Here's what's left of the original.
Category - American History
What were the Orphan Trains and what did they do for children? It's an intriguing story. It's considered the precursor to modern foster care in America.
What is a pepperoni roll, and why might it be important to your genealogical research? Discover all about this food and its connection to genealogy here.
You've probably heard of Calamity Jane. But how much of her real life story do you know? While much of her life is still speculation, what we do know is wild.
Leif Eriksson was the first known European to set foot in North America, approximately 500 years before Columbus. Here's this Viking's fascinating story.
Who was James A. Garfield, other than America’s 20th president? He is mostly remembered for being assassinated while in office, but there is so much more to this highly accomplished man than that one...
Today's modern telecommunications have origins reaching back almost 200 years. We can than the telegraph and Morse code. Here's the story of their invention.
Did you know women played a large and important roles in the Civil War? They did. And it wasn't just by keeping the home fires burning. They were real soldiers.
Do you have Japanese American ancestry? If so, learn more about Japanese internment during WWII, and records concerning the real people involved.
What was the Oregon Trail? Here's what you need to know about this important part of American History, and how you can discover whether your ancestors traveled it.
The history of passports in the United States is an interesting one, and one that may assist with your genealogical research. Here's what you need to know.
Do you know where the rock in the Plymouth Rock monument originates? Is it really the place Pilgrims first set foot in America? Here's the real story.
Did the Pilgrims really have the first American Thanksgiving, or does the honor belong to someone else? It all depends on how you look at it.
The Biltmore Estate is a unique and beautiful piece of American architecture, with a fascinating history. Here's why you should make a point to visit it.
Theodore Roosevelt is an American icon and one of our better-known presidents. This is the story of how he became that way, going from rich boy to cowboy.
You've probably grown up watching television. But, did you ever wonder how it was invented? Or, who invented it? It's a fascinating story. Here are the details.
Do you know the story of the Wright brothers? They are the inventors of controlled, manned flight. This is their story, and how they became aviation pioneers.
Are you interested in the Confederate flag, for genealogical or historical reasons? Here is the real history of the flag and how it came to be.
The Missouri area experienced a devastating earthquake in 1811. Here's what effect the earthquake had on the area, and why there was even a large earthquake there in the first place.
Mail order brides were popular in the Old West in the United States. Here's why, and why so many women decided to become them.
The Pilgrims were originally going to settle in Virginia. Why did they settle in Massachusetts instead? Here's the real story of the Mayflower.
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Not everyone who traveled to the New World on the Mayflower was a Pilgrim. The non-religious passengers were called "strangers." This is why they came.
Colonial Massachusetts is well known for the Salem witch trials. However, there was another dark period of persecution before that, which involved the Quakers.
History is a continuous rope of causes and effects. The birth of the United States is no different. Our Revolutionary War was the result of battles across the globe between the world’s major...
We all have to admit it that when we’re doing genealogy research to learn about our families’ histories, we secretly hope to find someone famous in our family trees. Or maybe not so...
Throughout the entire history of America, federal, local, and state governments have regularly undertaken programs to promote the welfare and betterment of their citizens, and the largest city in the...
The U.S. Census Bureau publishes a list of frequently occurring surnames from Census 2000. (Note: this data is from the 2000 census.) You can look through the list below of surnames that may show how...
The story of the Pilgrims has its origins in the desire of religious independence from the Church of England.
In 1953 a near mid-air collision took place over New York City… Additional Information: From FDR’s prop-driven Pan Am to the glimmering blue and white jumbo 747 on which George W. Bush...