Heroes & Trailblazers

Eugene Bullard, First Black Military Pilot

Eugene Bullard was the world’s first black military pilot, but he didn’t fly for his own country. He was born in the United States--Columbus, Georgia--in... continue »

Cherry Trees Brought to D.C. By Helen Taft

The cherry blossom trees that bloom so beautifully along the Potomac in Washington, D.C. are a huge and very deserving tourist attraction each spring. The... continue »

President Taft’s Cow

When President Taft took office, Mrs. Taft insisted they buy... continue »

What Was the U.S. Bracero Program?

The Bracero Program was a guest worker program begun in a partnership between the United States and Mexico on August 4, 1942. It was a... continue »

Louisa May Alcott’s Home: Orchard House

Little Women is destined to be one of the big holiday movies... continue »

Creator of Tarzan: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs did not start writing until he was 36, but he eventually became one of the most successful authors of the 20th century.... continue »

Gideon Sundback’s Invention of the Zipper

Gideon Sundback is credited with inventing the first zipper, but he was not the first to patent the device.  Sundback, however, created the first zipper... continue »

Cranberries and Thanksgiving: The Origin

Cranberries are one of only a handful of commercially-farmed fruits that are native to North America. But the sweet relish we enjoy at Thanksgiving is... continue »

Johnny Appleseed Debunked

The Johnny Appleseed story we usually hear is a folk legend. However, his story is based on the life of John Chapman, a man who... continue »

Ida Rosenthal: Pioneered Bra Industry with Maidenform

Ida Rosenthal emigrated from Russia in the early 1900s and supported her family as a dressmaker. As she responded to the marketplace, she and a... continue »

Helen Keller’s Dogs

Helen Keller’s life was filled with dogs. Though she was born before dogs... continue »

Miniature Golf: Its Beginning

Miniature golf was first patented by Garnet Carter (1883-1954) in 1931. Carter owned a hotel called the Fairyland Inn on Lookout Mountain (Georgia) near Chattanooga,... continue »