St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA, became famous when about 120 Virginia colonial leaders — including Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, and Peyton Randolph — met there in March of 1775 for the Second Virginia Convention. Patrick Henry delivered his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech on March 23, 1775; the American Revolution began in Massachusetts the following month when shots were first fired in Lexington and Concord.
Who was Charles Willson Peale? Watch this fun, interactive video starring 4th grade students from the private school, Sabot at Stony Point, in Richmond, VA. Filmed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, it highlights the life, work, family, and legacy of one of the nation’s most prolific and important artists of the American Revolutionary Era. Check it out!
What does Thomas Jefferson have to teach us today? Historian and author Andrew O’Shaughnessy, who is the vice president of Jefferson’s Monticello, takes us inside the heart and mind of one of America’s favorite Founding Fathers.
The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is a National Park Service site in upper New York City. To talk about the home, Hamilton, and the impact he made on American history, Grateful American ™ TV Show hosts David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs travelled to The Grange to talk to Liam Strain—the district ranger for a collection of individually legislated units of the National Park System that also include Grant’s Tomb (the General Grant National Memorial) and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace.
In this interview you’ll learn: About the life of Hamilton, how he came to own the Grange — and why it was moved twice before landing in its current location. What else makes this home so interesting — especially for kids? Don’t miss it!
What made George Washington the profoundly effective leader that he was? That’s the question we asked Dr. Doug Bradburn, the founding director of Mount Vernon’s Fred W. Smith National Library. In this episode of Grateful American™ TV, co-hosts David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs interview the specialist on George Washington, and you’ll be fascinated by the insights that Bradburn provides about the man behind the myth.
For American history buffs, there’s nothing quite like visiting the home of a former president. And when that president is one of the nation’s most revered, like Abraham Lincoln is, it’s especially meaningful to meander through his summer home in Washington, DC.
David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs, co-hosts of the Grateful American™ TV Show, were thrilled to sit down for an interview with Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, which is 3.5 miles from the White House. Join us as we explore the life of Lincoln.
And scroll down to learn more about another historical powerhouse — Robert Carter — who until recently was the unknown “First Emancipator.” Don’t miss our Q&A!
Get ready to rock out about American history with students from The Steward School in Richmond, VA.
The nominees have been announced. The invitations have been sent. So who will take home the prestigious George Washington Prize this year? The winner of the $50,000 award will be announced on May 25, so tune in next month for our Q&A with the author. Until then, be sure check out the award ceremony from the 2015 elegant black-tie event at George and Martha’s Virginia home, Mount Vernon, when Nick Bunker took home the prize for his book, “Empire on the Edge.”
Video courtesy of the Benjamin Franklin House, London