May 20th in American History: 2 Posts Over 2 Days Honoring Random Dates Because Why Not?

King George III responded with Intolerable Acts and other bits of American history that happened on May 20th.

May 20, 2024

May 19th in American History: A Sunday Read to Enjoy Any Day of the Week

What happened in American history on May j19th? Diverse and important events! Births and deaths that impacted our future and our culture.

May 19, 2024

Horses and the American Revolutionary War: A Few Short Lessons from the Courthouse Green

The history of horses in American society is long. If you want a glimpse into their existence during the American Revolutionary War, this post is for you.

May 17, 2024

No Matter Where You Go in Our United States of America: Find History Like I Did in Palm Desert. Here's How!

Do you look for history everywhere you go? I do! From historical societies to cemeteries and parks: it's everywhere.

May 11, 2024

History Is About Humans: Dig Deeper Into the 18th Century for a Better Future

We really can learn from history. From words to archaeology, the success of our future lies in the past.

Apr 28, 2024

April 19th in American History: What Happened?

If you're an American history nerd, this post highlighting events from March 29th is for you!

Apr 19, 2024

History Isn't Always Visible: I Saw Kinheche and Never Will Again.

Have you seen a piece of history before it went into storage for the rest of your life? For me, that's Kinheche.

Apr 07, 2024

Samuel Washington: The Brother Archaeology and DNA Testing May Bring Back Into History Books

George Washington's younger brother is coming into focus, thanks to DNA testing.

Mar 31, 2024

Kicking Off VA 250 Inside Williamsburg's Reconstructed Capitol is History in Itself

The March 2024 event in Colonial Williamsburg that was the ultimate immersion into American history.

Mar 20, 2024

Celebrating the Marquis de Lafayette: 1824 to 2024

If you haven't gotten to know the Marquis de Lafayette, 2024 is the year as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his 1824 American tour.

Mar 15, 2024

The Final Breakfast: An End to Dunmore and Washington

New research is shining more light onto the friendship between George Washington and Virginia's last Royal Governor.

Mar 11, 2024

Anne Geddy: Wife, Mom, and Businesswoman of the 18th Century

Who was Anne Geddy? A wife of an 18th century tradesman who exemplifies her role in the 18th century.

Mar 03, 2024

Leap Years in American History: What Happened on February 29th?

Leap years don't come every day so why not take a peek into what happened in American history on February 29th? It's fascinating actually.

Feb 29, 2024

Meet Mrs. Jane Vobe: A Nation Builder in Her Own Right

Mrs. Jane Vobe, tavern owner during the Revolutionary period, is Colonial Williamsburg's newest Nation Builder!

Feb 16, 2024

Witness to the Revolution by Mike Cecere: A Book Review from a Blogger

Michael and Jennifer Cecere's Witness to the Revolution is an historical fiction novel you don't want to miss.

Feb 11, 2024

Good Presidential Quotes to Celebrate President's Day 2024

Good presidential quotes are a perfect way to celebrate Presidents Day in the U.S. this year!

Feb 08, 2024

Learning Black History Daily: A February Post About Opportunities Every Day

This year for Black History Month, the blog dives into learning black history every day of the year.

Feb 06, 2024

Weekend Reads for American History Lovers

Do you love American history? I have three very different books that make for perfect weekend reading.

Jan 28, 2024

Bricks and 18th Century American History: An Overview from a Blogger's Perspective

Bricks in American history: the fun stuff I learned in Colonial Williamsburg that got me interested in bricks.

Jan 16, 2024

Year 24s of American History: Let's Review 1624, 1724, 1824, and 1924 as 2024 Kicks Off!

As we kick off 2024, the What American History Is About blog reviews the 24th years of the last 400 years.

Jan 10, 2024

Orange Peels for Your Stomach, Dr. John Minson Galt and Other Notes About 18th Century Medicine

Go down the rabbit hole of 18th century America with me and learn about John Minson Galt along the way.

Jan 05, 2024

December 15th in American History: Celebrating the Victory at Yorktown in 1781

On December 15th 1781, Williamsburg celebrated the victory at Yorktown. What else happened on this day in history?

Dec 15, 2023

Sandra Day O'Connor Passed Away and I'm Reflecting on More Female Firsts in American History

The passing of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice in the United States, led me to explore more firsts.

Dec 02, 2023

Wise Words from Washington: Words to Live By

Learning from history is vital and these wise words from George Washington are some of the best Washington quotes out there.

Nov 26, 2023

United States Place Names and the History Behind Them: The Cities Edition

Do you ever wonder how cities got their names? Who are the people behind the place names?

Nov 15, 2023

The Most Powerful Tribute: Honoring and Supporting Veterans of the United States Military and Their Families

No matter how you do it, take the time to honor veterans of the U.S. Military and their families - every day of the year.

Nov 14, 2023

3 Cool Primary Sources That Are Not the Declaration of Independence but Are Fascinating Bits of American History

3 primary sources that are just as important as the Declaration of Independence in our American history.

Nov 09, 2023

The Jefferson Triumvirate of Williamsburg

Who influenced, supported, and taught Thomas Jefferson? Meet his Williamsburg triumvirate and get a taste.

Oct 10, 2023

The Spy Whose Powerful Decision Helped Get an American Victory at Yorktown: Meeting James Armistead Lafayette

Have you met James Armistead Lafayette? He was the spy who helped us at Yorktown and shouldn't be forgotten.

Oct 09, 2023

4 Things I Learned at Margaret Hunter's Millinery: An 18th Century Trade in an Original Building

I'm loving Margaret Hunter's shop, the 18th century millinery in Colonial Williamsburg.

Oct 02, 2023

Today I Learned About George Washington From a Scholar Named Peter Henriques

Learning about George Washington took on new meaning through Washington scholar Peter Henriques lecture in Colonial Williamsburg.

Sep 28, 2023

Notes on How Decisions to Take Action Impacted American History

What if our founding fathers procrastinated? My personal procrastination on a marketing project inspired a post about decisions to take action in American history.

Sep 24, 2023

September 21 in American History: The Traitor Becomes a Traitor,  Reagan Speaks and the King of Horror Is Born

When did Benedict Arnold become a traitor to America? September 21st 1780. See what else happened that day!

Sep 18, 2023

Putting this Blog into Context: A Quick Note About the 13 Colonies

Let's have a quick chat about the 13 colonies to put this American history blog in context.

Sep 17, 2023

4 Things I Learned from the Colonial Williamsburg Gunsmiths- A True Gem of a Trade

The Colonial Williamsburg gunsmiths make early American guns lock, stock, and barrel and share insight into the era!

Sep 15, 2023

The Scotchtown Post: Insight into Patrick Henry and the Place He Lived for a Few Pivotal Years

Have you visited Patrick Henry's Scotchtown? He only lived there for a few years, but they were pivotal ones.

Sep 09, 2023

September 8th: On the Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Passing, Let’s Look at This Day in American History

What happened on September 7th throughout American history? Get a snapshot of this day in history here.

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September 7th: From the 1776 Naval Attack to 2003's Farm Aid 16

What happened on September 7th throughout American history? Get a snapshot of this day in history here.

Sep 06, 2023

Agecroft Hall: The Tudor House that Traveled to Virginia in the 1920s

Reasons to visit the Tudor house that travelled to America during the Gilded Age because of TC and Bessie Williams.

Aug 30, 2023

August 27th: George Washington Requested Food for Soldiers and Mary Poppins Premiered!

What happened in American history on August 27th? George Washington asked the states for food in 1780, LBJ was born and Mary Poppins premiered!

Aug 26, 2023

A Visit to One of the Most Historical Sites Around: Berkeley.

Have you visited the ancestral home of 2 presidents? Take a peek into the Harrison home in Charles City Virginia and soak in some history.

Aug 20, 2023

Capturing the Right Spirit of Early American History: More Names to Know

Meet Caty and Rochambeau, two names from early American history that helped shape our world.

Aug 19, 2023

George Washington: What Was He Thinking as He Left the Presidency?

What thoughts did Washington have about our United States after eight years as President? Start grabbing some history here.

Aug 17, 2023

National Simplify Your Life Week: Tips for Simplifying Access to American History

Use my 7 tips to simplify your journey into finding out about American history!

Aug 08, 2023

Thank Goodness Abigail Smith Adams Loved to Write Letters Because They Show the Woman Behind the Public Image

History is about real people. Abigail Adams' letters give us a glimpse into the private thoughts behind her public image.

Aug 07, 2023

August 7th: A Day in American History

What happened in American history on August 7th? A few events to talk about at the water cooler and at the dinner table!

Aug 07, 2023

The House Richard Decatur Lee Built

Richard Decatur Lee built a piece of art called Lee Hall Mansion, and I had to tell you about it!

Aug 05, 2023

The Woman in the Portrait and 2 More Who Fascinate Me

I saw a portrait and it led me to write about 3 women from early American history.

Aug 02, 2023

The 2nd Continental Congress Established the Postal System and Sandra Bullock Was Born: July 26th in American History

The U.S. Postal Service, Vivian Vance, Sandra Bullock and the FBI were all born on July 26th!

Jul 26, 2023

3 Names From American History You May Not Know but Should Learn

Do you know Peyton Randolph died so John Hancock's signature replaced his? I'm sharing 3 names from American history you may not know but should.

Jul 25, 2023

I Heard Music No One's Seen Performed for Hundreds of Years

We heard music from Jefferson's library that was unlikely performed for hundreds of years!

Jul 21, 2023

July 15th- A Random Date On Which Many Things Happened

What happened on July 15th in American history? Let's find out.

Jul 15, 2023

Freedom Is Not Free: A Grandfather in Maine Created an Evergreen Movement Reminding the World

If we are talking about American history, Wreaths Across America's Mobile Education Exhibit deserves a mention.

Jul 07, 2023

3 Reasons to Take Tours and Visit Historic Sites Multiple Times

Keep visiting historical places you love. I'm sharing 3 reasons why, knowing you really want to see what American history is about!

Jun 29, 2023

This 4th of July, Give Thanks to the Frenchman Who George Washington Called a Friend for Life

The Marquis de Lafayette, Washington's friend for life and why we should honor him on Independence Day.

Jun 28, 2023

Want to Really Understand American History? Read Letters and Other Primary Sources.

What's the best way to learn American history? Reading letters, inventories, diaries and other primary sources!

Jun 18, 2023

Being Free At 50: I Moved to Williamsburg and Get to Experience American History Every Day

Experience American history come alive! This blog is dedicated to what American history is really about. The people and everything in their lives.

Jun 09, 2023