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Ideas for the Dawn of Our Country badge?

AHG BadgesWe’re beginning the (lengthy) process of updating and completing our Badge Helps boards on Pinterest.

First up — the most requested and searched for — is Dawn of Our Country. We would love your contributions!

What have been your favorite crafts? Best books? Most fun field trips? Can’t miss websites?

Leave your recommendations in the comments!

Mission US is History Interactive

Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games.

Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.

In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky.  As they navigate her escape and journey  to Ohio, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. In 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act brings disaster. Will Lucy ever truly be free?

Other missions are planned for release in 2013 and 2014.

Mission 1 may be helpful for Dawn on Our Country, while Mission 2 applies to Freedom Seekers.

American History Movies

Looking for a way to entertain the family over the Thanksgiving break, that perhaps might be a bit educational, too? How about a movie that covers American History?

We found this handy list for you online. Please note the site’s disclaimer.

DISCLAIMER: I have not viewed all of the movies. Click through to read the description, reviews and ratings.  Movies are not always accurate (didn’t stop us from watching the Ten Commandments). Use this as a teaching opportunity to explain to your children the inaccuracies. Check the ratings too as some may not be suitable for children.

There are all sorts of possibilities for the Heritage Frontier here!

School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents

Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and their political philosophies.

Some of the Presidents attended neighborhood public schools, and some of them learned in rural classrooms; others studied under tutors and attended prestigious private schools. Many of the Presidents participated in extracurricular activities and organized sports while they attended school.

The challenges of studying various subjects, completing homework, forming new ideas, participating in extracurricular activities, and making friends are part of the common heritage of an American education shared by everyone—including our Presidents. This is the premise of the exhibit opening at the National Archives at Kansas City, called “School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.” It charts the educational experiences of our Presidents from Herbert Hoover to William J. Clinton, including such notable documents as:

  • Herbert Hoover’s diploma, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, 1896
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s letter home to parents while at Groton, September 27, 1896
  • Harry Truman’s second grade report card, Columbian School, Independence, Missouri, 1894
  • Dwight Eisenhower’s Abilene High School diploma, Abilene, Kansas, 1909
  • Health records of John F. Kennedy, written by his mother, Rose Kennedy, 1917–28
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson’s high school graduation invitation, 1924
  • Richard Nixon’s school paper, “Autobiography,” written in eighth grade, 1925
  • Gerald Ford’s letter to his mother, Dorothy Ford, wishing her a happy Mother’s Day, May 12, 1933
  • Jimmy Carter’s Georgia School of Technology report card, Atlanta, Georgia, 1943
  • Ronald Reagan’s French exam, Dixon High School, Dixon, Illinois, ca. 1925
  • Letter from Barbara Pierce (Bush) to Poppy (George H.W. Bush), Charleston, South Carolina, 1942
  • Bill Clinton at Miss Mary’s Kindergarten, Hope, Arkansas, May 6, 1950

Through the records of the presidential libraries—archival material, museum objects, and photographs as well as audio and visual material—”School House to White House” gives the public a new perspective on the presidency. It allows visitors to make connections and comparisons between their own education and the variety of educational experiences of our leaders.

Developed jointly by the museum and archival staffs of the presidential libraries and the museum staff of the National Archives Experience in Washington, DC, the exhibit explores these future Presidents’ activities in grade school, high school, college, and after graduation. Other sections of the exhibit focus on the importance of home life in their education and describe participation in extracurricular activities and sports as well as each President’s reflections later in life on his education.

This exhibit runs through February 23, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Research Rooms: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Exhibits: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

This exhibit could provide research data for several requirements in both Our Heritage and Dawn of Our Country.

Dawn Of Our Country

With Thanksgiving approaching, have you considered working through the Dawn Of Our Country badge with your daughter? You don’t have to wait on her Troop to do it!  We’ve put together a collection of helpful resources for you at https://ahgksmo.wordpress.com/ahg-badge-helps/heritage-frontier/dawn-of-our-country/. As always, check with your leaders about the best way to document her work so your girl gets credit for what she has done.