Pilgrims of Plymouth

Pilgrims of Plymouth

The Pilgrims were a English Separatist congregation that emigrated to Holland in 1608 to escape religious persecution. Twelve years later, discouraged by economic conditions, the congregation voted to move again, this time to America. A small ship, the Speedwell, carried …[Continue]

Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement

In 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims created Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, the first permanent English colony was founded at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The original colonists suffered a very rocky start, however, as just three later in 1610, only …[Continue]

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

In 1918, at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, fighting ceased in World War I. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day (November 11) is a day to honor veterans living and dead who have …[Continue]

Black History Month

Black History Month

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” to honor the history and contributions of African-Americans. Nine years later, his dream became reality. Woodson chose the second week of February to pay tribute to the birthdays of …[Continue]

Project Mercury

Project Mercury

Project Mercury (1959 – 1963) was the first manned American spaceflight program. With the success of its Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, the project achieved its goal of putting an American astronaut (John Glenn) into orbit around the …[Continue]

Washington Crosses the Delaware

Washington Crossing the Delaware

During the American Revolutionary War, on the evening of December 25, 1776, General George Washington led 2,400 Continental Army soldiers across the very icy Delaware River to attack the pro-British Hessian troops camped in Trenton, New Jersey. Our collective memory …[Continue]

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Montgomery Bus Boycott

On December 5, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, supporters of the Civil Rights Movement began a thirteen-month boycott against the city’s bus system as a protest against its policies of racial segregation. The boycott was lead by Reverend Martin Luther King, …[Continue]

Columbus: Hero or Villain?

Columbus: Hero or Villain?

In recent years, a variety of groups have argued that Christopher Columbus was responsible for genocide against Native Americans, and semantically, didn’t “discover” anything at all! Check out the following websites for arguments both for and against the celebration of …[Continue]