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.


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East Texas Salute 2017: Honoring World War II and Korean War Veterans

April 07,

The American Freedom Museum, Texas Veteran’s Classic Car Show and the American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute (AVTT), will host their annual East Texas Salute Honoring World War II and Korean War Veterans from all over East Texas, on Saturday, May 13th, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds of […]

Virginia Military Institute at the American Freedom Museum

March 31,

Students and faculty welcomed The Virginia Military Institute to The American Freedom Museum this past week. Representatives shared admissions information about the Institute and answered questions. Those in attendance actually got to have a conversation with a current student via FaceTime who is at VMI and who is from Tyler!

West Point on campus

March 24,

Evan Merritt, a senior at West Point, visited Brook Hill this week to talk with students and answer questions they had about the Military Academy. Evan had great information to share with us, and we were able to share The American Freedom Museum with him before he left campus.

Seventh grade studies genetics at the American Freedom Museum

March 24,

Seventh graders in Coach Collin’s class continued their genetics study and looked at how DNA is passed on. They ventured down to the American Freedom Museum and looked at the presidents and first ladies and predicted what traits their kids would inherit.

SPARC week continues for “See it, Snap it, Improve it”

March 24,

After reviewing the basics of photo composition, the “See It, Snap It, Improve It” SPARC students were giving full access to the American Freedom Museum for an in-depth photo shoot. The group, led by David Dickerson and Kenna Kempton, consisted of Sophomores Ruby Timmons and Natalie Kirkpatrick and Freshmen Natalie Travis and Raylyn Clark.  

Fourth grade in the American Freedom Museum

March 10,

This week fourth graders took a field trip to the American Freedom Museum for a Texas history lesson. After their tour, they went back into the museum with Bingo cards to apply and search for facts of what they had just learned.

Happy Texas Independence Day

February 24,

From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Happy Texas Independence Day March 2, 1836 The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under siege by Santa Anna’s army of Mexico. The document was the formal declaration of […]

Presidents’ Day from the American Freedom Museum

February 17,

From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Presidents’ Day is celebrated in the United States every year on the third Monday in February. Established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. It was traditionally celebrated on February 22nd, Washington’s actual birthday, but […]

Eighth grade is learning about Corrie ten Boom and her life during the Holocaust

February 17,

The American Freedom Museum in an invaluable teaching tool. Students in 8th grade Humanities were given an overview of WWII in preparation for the novel The Hiding Place. Mrs. Bynum summarized the war and introduced the students to the story of Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place.  After visiting the Holocaust section of the […]

Mrs. Figueroa’s class went to the American Freedom Museum

February 10,

The 6th grade Humanities students are studying the Far East in History. They took a trip to the American Freedom Museum to explore the geography and major events from countries in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. Then they used the school’s Surface tablets to begin a major research project in which they are exploring a country […]

Donald Trump at the American Freedom Museum

January 20,

From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Today in History: January 20, 2017 Donald John Trump Inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States Born: 6/14/1946 Birthplace: Queens, New York Religion: Protestant Education: Graduated from University of Pennsylvania (1968) Occupation: Businessman, Real Estate Developer Political Party: Republican Other Government Positions: None Donald John […]