Tag Archives: U.S. History


National Hispanic Heritage Month: 5 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Culture

December 3rd, 2014

From September 15 to October 15 we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. This occasion provides an opportunity to celebrate culture and history while enriching your children’s understanding of the Hispanic community. Use the resources available from the Library of Congress, National Archives, and Smithsonian Institution to help your kids build a […]

veterans day

Veterans Day

November 3rd, 2014

Veterans Day: 6 Ways to Commemorate and Honor Veterans November 11, Veterans Day, is a national holiday to honor people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Try these suggested activities to help your kids understand the significance of this day.     History 1. Learn how Veterans Day was established: Help your kids […]


Constitution Day: 9 Ways for Kids to Learn About Our Nation’s History

September 8th, 2014

This feature was written by guest author Stephanie Greenhut, education technology specialist, National Archives, and co-author Kate Devine, public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of Education. September 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The Federal Convention had first convened in May to […]

March on Washington

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 6 Ways to Commemorate

June 30th, 2014

This feature is written by guest author Lee Ann Potter, director of educational outreach, at the Library of Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, […]

Flag day image from the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide/jun07/flag.html

Flag Week: 8 Ways Kids Can Learn More About Our Nation’s History and Government

June 4th, 2014

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, which consisted of representatives of the colonies, passed a resolution approving the design of a national flag:  Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new […]

Attorneys after the decision

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Helping Kids Understand Diversity and Equality

May 16th, 2014

In the 1950s, parents brought a class action suit against the Topeka, Kansas, school board claiming denial of access to Topeka’s white schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. When the federal district courts dismissed the case, Oliver Brown, parent of one of the children, appealed to the Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954, […]

The White House

Presidents’ Day: 5 Fun Ways to Honor Washington, Lincoln and More

February 17th, 2014

Presidents’ Day is observed on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s February birthdays. Dig into some presidential history, uncover some cool facts about the White House, and find some creative and free ways to celebrate the holiday with your kids.     1. Visit a National Park for […]