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If the links in this section do not work, please let us know. This page will soon be deleted after all eBooks and courses are updated and moved to the tab simply marked “STORE.” Thank you for your patience!

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It was 1858. The race for the Illinois seat in the United States Senate was between Republican Abraham Lincoln and the incumbent Democrat Stephen Douglas. This eBook tells the story of their fifth great debate, held on October 7.

The stories we typically hear about the American Old West are a confusing mix of fact and fiction. In this entertaining and informative eBook, you’ll learn about the true challenges of stagecoach travel through colorful graphics, historic photographs, and engaging nonfiction text. The Story of Stagecoaches is written in a conversational Q&A format that also works beautifully as a read-aloud book.

What is the connection between an electric clock that doesn’t tick, a device to watch a movie in 3-D, a card table that shuffles the cards for you, and a musical instrument? Learn the true story of the mischievous boy who followed his dream to become an “independent inventor” with over 100 patents. Heartwarming, positive, and inspirational (and pretty funny at times), follow along as Hammond demonstrates creativity, tenacity, and hard work to reach his goals.

Ready to start piano lessons? Looking for a keyboard but don’t know what to get? This short, concise eBook will answer all your fundamental questions about what things you need on a keyboard and why you need them!

The USS Mongolia was launched in 1903 as an ocean-going passenger steamship, but in World War I, she was transformed into an important transport ship for supplies and troops. Filled with amazing facts and photos, this story helps readers understand the perils of transatlantic travel during World War I, for both troops and civilians. Learn about the crazy paint job, the massive engines, the dangers, and the victories.

The story of America is more than a timeline in a history book. It is the story of millions of families over hundreds of years and thousands of miles. It is the story of YOU. While learning the basics of genealogical research, students of all ages will incorporate the important story of their own family with significant historic events which may have impacted and influenced their family. This is a course that your family can do together!

It is important for students, educators, adults, and creators of all ages to understand the basics of the United States Copyright laws. Not a legal discourse, but this basic overview clearly explains a difficult topic using flowcharts and resource pages for middle school and up. A very special video interview (42 minutes!) further explains copyright rules in an easy-to-understand way.

Many people find history a difficult subject to teach. Some are just looking for a new way to approach an old topic. Whatever your challenge is, let me help! In this series of exclusive videos, you will learn a variety of tips, tricks, and techniques to find the fun in history class. These are time-tested, proven winners that can help turn history class into the favorite subject of the school day. For classroom and homeschool teachers of students in any grade.

The Pony Express was a 1,900-mile horse and rider relay that stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. In this course, we take a close look at the route itself, a route that pony riders covered in just 10 days. 

In The Pony Express Virtual Ride, you will explore one of the most exciting events in American history. If you have a device with internet access, and an optional printer and pencil, once you purchase this course you will have EVERYTHING you need.  

George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was the designer of the Wheel that bears his name, but there is much more to his story than that. The story of George’s life is told using nonfiction reading texts, cartoon-style graphics and is supported by primary source photographs and documents. You will learn of the triumphs and tragedies of his short life.

Even those who do not recognize the name are familiar with the music. With this eBook, you will become familiar with this important American composer by listening to his greatest hits. This does not contain a full biography (Maestro Heights has other eBooks for that!) but it is a great introduction and overview, or helpful when a quick review is needed. Detailed notes for the educator and answer key are included. Help students gain an appreciation for the “King of Ragtime,” Scott Joplin.

Most of us are familiar with the legend of Johnny Appleseed but in this course, we take a closer look at the man behind the legend, John Chapman. His life was truly extraordinary!

The story of John Chapman is presented using a variety of videos and activities.

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