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The Importance of Family History


Family history is an important part of our identity; the more we understand our heritage, the more we understand ourselves.

The witty humorist Mark Twain is believed to have said, “Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.” While there is certainly a good deal of truth to this amusing statement, it is also true that looking up one’s family tree is…
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Discovering State History


Teaching your children the history surrounding the location where you live is helpful not only in providing them with geographic roots but also in inspiring them to care for and cultivate their community by being active and involved locally and engaged in the democratic process by voting in local and state elections not just national elections.

Here’s a fun fact; the Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the longest stone arch bridge in the world. Constructed between April 1900 and April 1902 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it has forty-eight 70-foot spans, for a total length of 3,820 feet (1,164 m). This is just one little bit of trivia but a quick…
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National History


Experiencing American history with your children will give them a foundation that will allow them to become shapers of the future.

July 2, 1776. It was on this day that the Continental Congress in America decided to declare independence from England. Two days later, July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and ratified. The history surrounding the founding of America is fascinating; spies and battles, secret meetings and political debates, heroes and villains. As…
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Signs of History


Growing up, I remember many times when we would travel as a family. I always wanted to get where we were headed as soon as possible but often my dad would spy a historical sign along the side of the road and pull the car over.

Growing up, I remember many times when we would travel as a family. I always wanted to get where we were headed as soon as possible, but often my dad would spy a historical sign along the side of the road and pull the car over. We would huddle around the sign in order to…
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