Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Must-See Mini-Series for parents this July 4th season

The HBO mini-series "John Adams" offers a birds-eye view into our country's fight for independence in the 1700s.  It is NOT made for children and has a couple of scary scenes even some more sensitive adults would want to fast-forward.  But the mini-series is worth mentioning on this website because children have a better chance of learning American history  if their parents know it and are committed to teaching it.

"John Adams"  was the recipient of  four Golden Globe awards and thirteen Emmy awards, which is more than any other miniseries in history.  Historians did call producers out on some historical inaccuracies but the re-telling of this American story still offers a good overview.

For a kid-friendly version of the story of our founding fathers, scroll down on the blog to the link about Liberty's Kids - an EXCELLENT cartoon series offered on Netflix.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Finding A U.S. Flag that Was Actually Made In the U.S.


 Friday was Flag Day and some great articles were posted that provided links for finding American flags actually made on American soil.  Here are a couple of those links for those wanting to raise a flag this Fourth of July! 



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An 1850 Fourth-of-July in Lafayette, Oregon


In 1850, nine years before Oregon became a state, the little frontier town of Lafayette was becoming quite the popular place for settlers to come after arriving off the Oregon Trail.   Read some quotes from a newspaper article below to learn how these Lafayette pioneers celebrated the nation's birthday that year.

It all started with a parade.  
"The procession was formed in the square of Lafayette, by Hon. A. J. Hembree, Marshal, at 11 o'clock, in the following order, and marched to a grove north of the town, where preparation was made for the oration:"

Next, there was music.

Then came a prayer.
"An appropriate prayer was addressed to the Throne of Favor by the Chaplain."

The Declaration of Independence was read and an orator gave a speech.
"Orator of the Day and Reader of the Declaration."

The people ate together.
"After which the procession marched in order, to the south east of the town, and partook of a sumptuous dinner prepared by the liberality of the citizens of Yam Hill."

Toasts were made to remember and honor the birth of our country.  Here are a few of them:
"The day we celebrate:  It gave birth to one of the proudest republics ever known in the annals of the world.  May its return be hailed with gratitude by all Americans." 

"George Washington - His name is embalmed in the hearts of his countrymen.  He was great in goodness, and good in greatness.  May his name be forever remembered by the sons of freedom."

"Our Country - The beacon star of nations - the birth place of freedom.  So long as liberty shall find an abiding place on the earth, May America be hailed as her home."  

 "The Framers of the Declaration of Independence - Their names are immortal - peace to their ashes."

 "The Union - Our watchword and our strength - may the sons of Oregon be always found with willing hearts and hands ready to preserve it."

Oregon Spectator,  "Fourth July Celebration by the Citizens of Yam Hill", July 25, 1850

Commercialism and all the glitz and glam that today's July 4th events offer can sometimes distract us from the real reason we gather each Independence Day.  After a 2000-mile journey to Oregon, our town's pioneers didn't have any of that.  And yet, they had a lot, including their life, each other, and a love for the country they had left behind.  Maybe that's all you need to celebrate this patriotic holiday.