Love In Action

As much as I dread going to Walmart, for the things I needed, it was my best option. I’m glad I went. Ahead of me in the self-checkout line was a frail, elderly gentleman who had completed his shopping with a store-provided powered cart. He was standing at the kiosk, but leaning on it for…

1894 Buffalo Dancers

This remarkable short film clip from 1894 shows Native Americans as they performed a buffalo dance for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. There were other short films made that day, but this is the only one known to still exist. This video is part of the History Heights eBook The Story of William F. “Buffalo Bill”…

The Voice of Buffalo Bill Cody Recorded in 1898

In April 1898, Buffalo Bill Cody made a recording called “Sentiments on the Cuban Question.” It isn’t the easiest recording to hear every word, but the tone and cadence of his voice are quite remarkable. Take a listen.

The Story of Historical Markers

We’ll see how the wording on the markers has changed through the years, and discover the challenges facing historians when creating a marker. Activities include creating a journal of the markers you find and designing your own historical marker following the guidelines required by many marker sponsors. Even if your travel is mostly of the…

The Story of the Ferris Wheel

The director of the 1893 World’s Fair, Daniel Burnham, issued a challenge for something to be built for the 1893 Columbian Exposition (Chicago World’s Fair) which would rival the Eiffel Tower. George W.G. Ferris, Jr. came through with the idea that became the iconic image of the fair, the Ferris wheel. The original Ferris wheel…

The Story of Apples in Early America

There are lots of “apple” books and unit studies, but older kids need to enjoy the apple fun, too. It is amazing how quickly apples became a major crop in the early United States. It wasn’t long after the European colonists began arriving that apple orchards became a significant part of every farm! In addition…

The (Short) Story of Ann Stephens and the First Dime Novel

Have you ever heard of Ann Stephens? Not many people from these days know of her or her work, yet she was very famous and very successful in her day. In an era when few women had a career, she supported her family with the earnings from her writing! Like all History Heights eBooks, nonfiction…

October 15, 1860

This explains why the early photographs of Abraham Lincoln show him clean-shaven, but later on he has a beard! *For the complete story, here’s the History Heights eBook. *You’ll find more great History Heights eBooks about American History in our store.  * The History Heights eBook Club sends an eBook to your inbox every month….

The (Short) Story of Mr. Lincoln Grows a Beard

We’ve seen photos of Abraham Lincoln without a beard and other photos of Lincoln with a beard. In The Short Story of Mr. Lincoln Grows a Beard you will explore this little-known story from American history using historic details, photographs, and fun information. This eBook is from the History Heights Short Story series, and includes…

The (Short) Story of Zippers

The zipper might seem like just another common item around the house, but the story behind it has a lot of surprises. You’ll love reading about zippers with this colorful and fun PDF eBook, including how the zipper got its name. (You will be really glad we don’t use the original name for the zipper…

The Story of A Guest of Honor

When studying history in school, I presumed events happened in a neat and orderly fashion, just as they were presented in the textbooks. Turn the page, and read about something. Turn the page, and read about what happened next. History, I thought, was a simple and direct parade of one thing following another. I was…