Category - American History

The Evolution of Florida

Florida has a long and checkered history in North America. The indigenous culture remained a uniform one from what the archaeological evidence tells, until about 500 years ago. At that time, the...

Charles M. Schulz: An American Peanut

I had no idea that Charles Schulz was first published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not until my family visited the museum named for him in Santa Rosa, CA. I was a big Ripley’s fan as a child...

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

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...

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. Back in 1775, the Colonists (Americans) were fed up with their...

The Orphan Train Movement

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...

How Did Air Force One Get Its Name?

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...