This magnificent arch rises on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The nation’s tallest monument is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honoring Thomas Jefferson’s vision of westward expansion. Mired in controversy in the beginning, this amazing structure is now a national treasure and symbol of the nation’s reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
More than just a random display of U.S. Presidents, this imposing monument honors leaders who led America’s founding, expansion, preservation, and unification. Discover the unusual story of how these faces of history ended up on a mountainside in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
From the British surrender in Yorktown to the Civil War to Woman Suffrage and the fight for Civil Rights, one powerful witness to American history played an important role. Discover the reasons why the old cracked bell in Philadelphia is still one of our nation’s most-loved symbols.
In the 1770s before the United States was a nation, most people lived on farms. But Williamsburg in Virginia Colony was a busy town with wide streets, grand public buildings, bustling shops, and a large Market Square. Home to 2,000 people from wealthy gentry and middle class shopkeepers to poor slaves. Find out how Williamsburg today gives us a fascinating window into America’s past.
History recognizes the leadership and voice Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to the civil rights movement in 1960s America. A 30-foot tall statue of Dr. King gazes into the future full of hope for all humanity. His words of peace are carved in the walls of the monument as a reminder to all Americans of the power of peaceful protest. Learn all about the first national memorial to an African American.
She was a gift of friendship and peace between France and the United States. “Liberty Enlightening the World” stands now as a symbol of America’s embrace of freedom and democracy. Find out why 4 million visitors each year come to see this majestic statue in New York’s harbor.
A rocky outpost near Baltimore played a bigger role in the history of the United States than anyone imagined it ever would. After America gained its freedom in 1776, the British were determined not to allow the new nation to trade with its enemy France. Discover the unique role Fort McHenry played during the War of 1812.
For millions of people, leaving home and coming to America meant giving up family and all things familiar. For more than sixty years, one site was the first place in America all new immigrants saw. Find out why Ellis Island holds such an important place in America’s history.
One of the most visited places in North America, Grand Canyon National Park is like an open window to Earth’s geologic history. The carving of the canyon’s walls by erosion left a cross-section of the Earth’s crust from millions and millions of years ago. See for yourself how grand and beautiful this gorgeous gorge really is.
As the flagship of the National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park has a special place in the hearts and minds of conservationists. It’s all thanks to the leadership of far-sighted President Ulysses S. Grant and adventurer President Theodore Roosevelt. Today we can enjoy nature as it was in the early days of our nation.
Where can you go to see lions, and tigers, and bears? You can go to the zoo! A trip to the zoo can be very exciting. A trip to the zoo is also a great way to learn about animal habitats in faraway places.
Do you like to collect things? Many people do. Some people collect art. Others collect objects from history. Some people collect cars or toys. You can collect just about anything! There are almost as many museums as there are things to collect. Take a trip back in time and learn more about these amazing places.
When you hear the word "playground," what do you think of? Do you picture slides and swings? Do you think of climbing walls and tunnels? Or do you picture pirate ships and space to run? Over the years, playgrounds have changed in many ways. But they have always been a place where children can enjoy themselves and learn important lessons about safety and getting along with others. Discover how playgrounds came to be and how they have changed over the years.
Today's amusement parks are filled with amazing, high-tech rides. Some even take the fun to the water! Amusement parks of the past were exciting places as well. Amusement parks have been around for hundreds of years. Readers discover the history of these fun-filled places!
Do you like helping people? Would you like to help feed hundreds of people each day? Then you might like to go On the Job at a Farm. Discover what the key business of farming is all about.
Do you like to eat different foods? Maybe you like to help in the kitchen by cooking or bringing food to the table. Running restaurants large and small is no easy task as you will discover when you go On The Job in a Restaurant.
Are you interested in performing? Do you like dancing or singing? You might wonder how the stage gets set. How do the actors know where to go? So many workers behind the scene. Let’s jump in and go On The Job in the Theater.
Coaches, referees. Some jobs in sports are easy to name because we see them on the field of play. But who makes sure we stay safe when we play? Let’s take a look at all the important players beyond the field by going On The Job in the Game.
Have you ever thought about how all the buildings and bridges in your community get built? Who designs them? How are they built so they don’t fall down? Let’s learn about the jobs and skills needed to go On The Job in Construction.
You may think you know who keeps your school running. You know teachers and coaches, but there are many important careers in education. Let’s do our homework by going On the Job at School.