Everyday Heroes

The Iditarod: Also About the Exploration of Alaska

In Alaska today, the Iditarod dogsled race is celebrated as the "race of mercy," commemorating  the 1925 trip of dog teams from Anchorage to Nome. They... continue »

The Bermuda Triangle 1945: The Veterans Who Never Came Home

The mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle is known the world over. What isn't as well known is what first led to the belief that this... continue »

Honoring the Veterans and Those Who Tell Their Stories

Today we have both video and audio reports from war zones, and whenever there is breaking news we can access as much information about a... continue »

Frontier Living: Cowhands

Yesterday I walked over to my branch library and applied for my Los Angeles library card.  I couldn’t leave without perusing the bookshelves, and there... continue »

The U.S. Constitution: Explained in Less Than an Hour

The United States Constitution is one of the most influential political documents of all time, and it is the cornerstone that supports our liberty. Whether... continue »

Paul R. Williams (1894-1980), Los Angeles-based Architect

One of Southern California’s signature architects First certified African American architect west of the Mississippi Designed hundreds of public and private places When Paul Revere... continue »

Dorie Miller (1919-1943), Hero of World War II

Serving in a noncombat role in the Navy, Dorie Miller responded heroically when the battleship West Virginia was attacked at Pearl Harbor Because the Navy... continue »

Mae West Life Preserver: Countless Owe Lives to It

Most of the time, it’s the little things that count. Anyone in the military knows that the mode of transport and the types of firepower... continue »

Dads in the Comic Strips: In Celebration of Father’s Day

For several generations, our cultural beliefs and family life have been reflected in newspaper comic strips. Even today the comics are so much a part... continue »

NYC Fire Museum: A Hidden Gem

Walk west on Spring Street, through SoHo, past the enticing restaurants and the tempting clothing shops, and after you pass Varick Street, you will come... continue »

Negro Leagues—and All African Americans—Lacked Adequate Transportation in the Pre-Civil Rights South

To teach about civil rights, we need the stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, but we also need the stories of the... continue »

The Immigrant Experience in the USA: Book Focuses on World War I

Looking back permits us to see the present more clearly, and with that in mind, I highly recommend David Laskin’s latest book, The Long Way... continue »