Examples of reliable U.S. History Websites for Students


Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history


Visit our largest library’s online collection of multimedia goodies


Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources


Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources


Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources


Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts


Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history


Top-quality assessments challenge students to think like historians


Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship


Deep, research-backed resources highlight America’s rich diversity


High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study


Vast collection of primary source documents a solid starting point


Archival site is a treasure trove for New Deal researchers

Veterans Day History and Personal Accounts



  • The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. You’ll find personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials on this Library of Congress site.

Funding and a Visit: Columbus Black History Museum

Funding and a Visit: Columbus Black History Museum

This past Thursday I stopped by the Columbus Black History Museum located at 315 8th St and spent about 2 hours there. Executive Director Dave Gillarm Jr. has turned things around and what I had the opportunity to see was only a sampling of the archival material they have on site about local black history.

I highly encourage folks to drop in because Mr. Gillarm will be happy to give you a tour. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before and have a better understanding of the connection and impact that black residents and leaders have had in the Columbus, GA community prior to the Civil War and into the 21st century.

The museum is funded solely by memberships and donations which, unfortunately is not enough to cover the rent and they are at risk of having to shut the doors after July. Help me spread the word about their GoFundMe campaign to keep the doors open: www.gofundme.com/2b4y6ak.

Location: Columbus Black History Museum & Archives 315 8th St. Columbus, Georgia

Phone: (706) 507-3466

Facebook:  Columbus Black History Museum & Archives

GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/2b4y6ak


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The True Story Behind the Most Important Speech of the 20th Century

“This address was not written by a committee of speechwriters and consultants. It was not crafted from polling data and political objectives.”

Forward with Roosevelt

By Paul Sparrow, Director FDR Library

On the 74th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s historic address to Congress in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor it is important to examine the true meaning of the speech, and how it came to be. It is rare when a presidential speech transcends the political moment to become an iconic statement for the ages. The key phrases of the great orators resonate years, even decades later. “Four score and seven years ago…” “Ask not what your country…” “…tear down this wall.”

FDR’s Pearl Harbor speech is in my opinion the most important speech of the 20th century because it is an extraordinary example of true leadership, vision and clarity. It also represents the tipping point, the actual moment when the United States was transformed from an isolationist nation to a global superpower and leader of the free world. Its message…

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Hungry4History Out West 2015


Out West 2015

6757 miles – 19 states – 16 days – 4 National Parks – 3 audio books – 2 birthdays – 2 nights camping – 1 National Battlefield – 1 state park w/0 diamonds found   😦 – 1 Navajo Nation – 1 double rainbow – 0 speeding tickets!

Every couple of years my family and I drive out to Spokane, Washington to visit my family. People are often perplexed? bewildered? to the fact that we drive over 6,000 miles round-trip. Why? The answer is easy. . .because you get to see so much! Sure, by plane you get to your destination faster but you’re flying over all these great places you could be experiencing.

Here’s just a snapshot of some of the places that we visited during our Out West 2015 trip:

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No trip is complete without seeing someone using a selfie-stick these days however I didn't expect to see it on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Oy! ;)

No trip is complete without seeing someone using a selfie-stick these days however I didn’t expect to see it on the edge of the Grand Canyon. Oy! 😉

Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations with Cuba (Historic Photos)

From the National Archives’ Special Media Division #Cuba

The Unwritten Record

It has been 54 years since the U.S. Embassy in Havana closed its doors.  Upon ending diplomatic relations with our neighboring island nation, President Eisenhower announced, “It is my hope and my conviction that it is in the not too distant future that it will be possible for the historic friendship between us once again to find its reflection in normal relations of every sort.” Although it has taken more than half a century, President Obama recently announced that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Coincidentally, the National Archives Still Photos Division recently acquired a large collection of photos from the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations.  The collection includes photos of embassies, consulates, and diplomatic residencies from all over the world.  Included in this collection are a number of photos from the original U.S. embassy in Cuba.  These photos were processed earlier this month…

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My Archive: Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary


My Archives: Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago Mt. St. Helens erupted and sent ash clear across the state to my hometown of Spokane, WA. I was only 9 months old when she erupted. The people of Spokane didn’t think they would be impacted from the volcano’s wrath on the other side of the state. Each year I count my blessings that my dad kept a weeks worth of local and regional newspapers covering the event and aftermath. He also scooped up 2 large coffee cans worth of the ash from outside our home.

On Monday I shared information about the anniversary with my girls and here I share it with you. We carefully looked over the yellow 35 year-old newspapers which featured President Jimmy Carter and time-lapse photos of the volcano’s eruption. My girls examined the ash and we discussed its composition. I’ve since moved the ash into new containers because, after 35 years, the lids of the can had deteriorated just enough to let air and moisture in to cause some rust inside the cans. :/

















Ethel Roosevelt: TR’s Other Little Girl

I love learning about the Roosevelt families, both TR and FDR. Here’s a look into the life of TR’s second daughter, Ethel.

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All Theodore Roosevelt’s children had some of his qualities, but Ethel was more like her mother than any of them.

The Roosevelt Family of Sagamore Hill. Ethel, their second daughter, is at the far right.

Ethel Carow Roosevelt, The Second Daughter

Ethel Roosevelt (1891-1977) was seven years younger than her half-sister Alice, and surrounded by brothers: two older and two younger.

Chubby as a child, with little of the sparkle that enveloped her older sister, Ethel developed a take-charge attitude from her earliest age. “Bossy,” as her brothers remembered. Nevertheless, it would be Ethel that most of them would turn to for support, comfort and good sense.

Edith Roosevelt and her daughter Ethel. Ethel would be more like her mother than all her siblings.

She was, of course, a tomboy. She had little choice in the matter. All Roosevelt children were expected to run and climb and play hard. The…

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