The Brook Hill School is unlike any other day and boarding school because it is home to The American Freedom Museum. Located in Founder’s Hall, the museum boasts over 650 artifacts from our nation’s history.
The American Freedom Museum illuminates the American experience during crucial moments in our nation’s history. From the hills and valleys of the American Revolution to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, you will step into history and discover the journey of those in our nation’s military who have courageously and heroically sacrificed to ensure the many freedoms that we enjoy today. Our mission is to Honor American veteran’s and military personnel for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms; Educate this and future generations about our rich heritage; and Inspire others to achieve greatness. This is America’s story.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president instituted the handshake as the official way to greet guests? A: Thomas Jefferson. For presidents today, shaking hands is just part of the job. Each firm clasp could win a vote or charm a foreign dignitary. But Jefferson, who started the tradition, used it as a […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president became a navy commander despite his history of chronic health problems? A: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. John F. Kennedy became a navy commander. This is kind of funny, because throughout his childhood this future president had nothing but health problems. The military is very selective […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Are you interested in visiting the American Freedom Museum during the holiday season? You totally can! Below are the hours we are open to the public: Wednesday, December 13th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open to the public Saturday, December 16th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president gave a baby gift to his wife when she was born? A: Grover Cleveland. As a bachelor, Cleveland was a law partner with his good friend Oscar Folsom. When a new baby was welcomed to Folsom’s family, Grover Cleveland was twenty-seven years old. Cleveland was […]
Fifth grade ends the 2017 school year with a trip to the museum to learn about “Events in U.S. History That Took Place at Christmas.” They seemed to have lots of fun and share lots of laughs.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Who was the first president to marry while in office? A: John Tyler. President Tyler had enjoyed a twenty-nine-year marriage to his wife Letitia Christian Tyler. They had seven children together. His wife suffered a stroke and died his second year in office. She was the first […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which President had three and a half tons of Jelly Beans shipped to the White House for his presidential inauguration? A: Ronald Wilson Reagan. Three and a half tons of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans were shipped to the White House for Reagan’s 1981 presidential inauguration. The […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was the first to have electricity in the White House? A: Benjamin Harrison. Electricity came to the White House as part of a plan for wiring the State, War & Navy Building next door. The Edison Company installed a generator for both buildings and […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: A majority of America’s presidents came to office as Veterans. Twenty-six of our 45 Presidents served in the military. Presidential Veterans often coincided with America’s military engagements. Until World War II, a majority of our presidents had served in the Army. Since then, most have served in […]
“Our visit to the museum was our first visit in 2nd grade so it was mostly just to expose our students to the museum and allow any students new to Brook Hill to see the museum,” Heidi Berry said. “Of course it is always full of American history, so there’s that, too!”
Q: What president’s birthplace is celebrated in a best-selling building set for children? A: Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin. One of the most successful toys associated with the presidency is Lincoln Logs, which lets children build log cabins that look the way the public imagined the early home of Lincoln. John Lloyd Wright, son of renowned […]