History

Why Luther is Important for My Kids
Our family makes a point this time of year to talk about the courage of Martin Luther, but there are reasons beyond a spirit of “Yaaaay, TEAM! Go, Protestants, go!” There are some serious lessons that we want our children to absorb from Luther’s life, and they’re not Protestant-vs-Catholic talking points – they apply to…
Remembering a Nearly-Forgotten Founder
September 27 is the birthday of one of the nearly-forgotten Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams. His cousin John Adams became George Washington's vice president and then his successor; Samuel is known for a modern beer brand. In fact, this founder of the Sons of Liberty and eventual governor of Massachusetts was actually a political activist and an intellectual…
Book Review – SAMUEL ADAMS: A LIFE by Ira Stoll
In a dinner party discussion of David McCullough’s recently released biography of John Adams, Ira Stoll volunteered that his favorite Adams was Sam. Everyone thought he meant the beer. Actually, Stoll admires the uncompromising and incorruptible Samuel Adams, who was an indifferent brewer but a zealous patriot. This volume is Stoll’s attempt to clear away…
Civil War Hero’s Sword Recovered
Recently some of his family members discovered the long-missing sword of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first African-American regiment in the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts. Historians matched the serial number on the blade and confirmed that this really is the sword he carried in the assault on Fort Wagner, S.C., where…
Veteran’s Day Subscriber Freebie!
Veteran's Day is one of those holidays everyone has heard of, but few people seem to know much about. This subscriber freebie changes all that... All you need to do is sign up for our encouraging newsletter and you can access our great Veteran's Day Celebration Guide for Families. It has links to songs, recipes, and…
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Guide
Why celebrate? We're not Catholic or Irish, but we love to have fun and we find that celebrating holidays with a little fun is a great way to drive home character lessons to our children and to teach them history, too. If you want to have some fun today learning about St. Patrick and the…
Movie Review – The Finest Hours was time well spent
This is the story of "the most daring rescue" ever conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard - and I'd highly recommend it for families with young men. (more…)
Preparing for Christ-Centered Holidays
  The holidays are rapidly approaching, and while we all enjoy the feasts and the fun, there's so much more than that. The trick, really, is remembering why we celebrate, being sure to teach that to our kids, and somehow figuring out how to plan a big family celebration without losing sight of the One who…
A Better October 31st
Q: So what is Reformation Day and why do you celebrate it? We were delighted to find out that Christians have been celebrating Reformation Day as a holiday since at least 1567! As parents of six boys, we've loved having a holiday to remember a true Christian hero — a man who faced death and…
Celebrate Presidents Day with a Free Download!
Here's a neat resource you can download for free and share with your sons in honor of Presidents Day -- examples from the lives of great men who have led our country! Several years before he became our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt and his friend Henry Cabot Lodge wrote a collection of stories to teach…