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 was given a speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast down a Washington street? A: Ulysses S. Grant. The former general loved to ride – and he loved to ride fast. Grant brought his favorite horses with him to the White House and enjoyed […]
The JV Choir spent a class period in the museum recently hearing about the history of the five military hymns. The students learned how each of the five branches of the military developed their songs, highlighting the history and purposes and ambitions of each branch. One of the highlights of the lesson was learning about […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president’s dog had his initials? A: Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Little Beagle Johnson. Most families have some kind of tradition, and in Johnson’s family, everyone had to have the same initials…even the dog. While in the Senate, Johnson had a pup he called Little Beagle Johnson. […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was offered professional football contracts by the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers after college? A: Gerald Ford. Ford was a star center for the South High Trojans football team in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the University of Michigan he grabbed the spotlight as […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was the first to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the baseball season? A: William Howard Taft. As a child Taft loved the game of baseball. His large girth made it difficult for him to be a competitive base runner, but he was […]
Mrs. Ponce’s fourth grade students trekked to the American Freedom Museum to play a not-so-classic game of hide-and-seek. Mrs. Bynum, museum guide and educator, directed the lesson “Texas Hide-and-Seek”. A lesson sheet was given to each pair of students with facts about Texas and famous Texans throughout U.S. history. Instead of the students hiding the […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president rose early to practice the piano? A: Harry Truman. Truman often said that if he had been good enough to be a professional pianist, he never would have become president. From the age of 10, he was a devoted music student, rising at 5 […]
Mrs. Mattay’s 11th grade Humanities classes visited the museum for a lesson on 9/11 this week! Students watched a video and heard from Mrs. Bynum about the causes and effects of that day on the U.S. They were tasked with making decisions as the President did, based on the events that took place on that […]
Every month this year, 5th Grade will immerse themselves in a different part of our museum. In August, the students had hands on experiences with artifacts from each area of the museum. This week, the students focused on Sept. 11, 2001. Since they were not born in that year, many were hearing and seeing events […]
Mrs. Figueroa and Mrs. Williams’ sixth grade classes headed to the American Freedom Museum this week to practice reading maps and answer geography questions.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Director of the American Freedom Museum: We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. However, • July 4, 1776 was not the day that the Continental Congress […]