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.
We had over 6,500 people join us for this year’s East Texas Salute this past Saturday. It was a great day of honoring our veterans who have courageously served our country and recognizing hundreds of our Vietnam veterans. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and say thank you to our military men […]
We hope you will join us for the East Texas Salute this Saturday, May 12th, honoring all veterans and recognizing our Vietnam Veterans! Below is a schedule of the day’s events: • Parade (beginning at Stewart Funeral Home) with military vehicles carrying some of our Vietnam veterans down Old Jacksonville Highway to the Museum, […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: This cannon was manufactured in 1795. Although there is no definitive information on its manufacturer, the axle is marked “Kinsley Iron & Machine,” an iron and machine shop in Canton, Massachusetts that began operating in 1787. They are known to have produced muskets for the U.S. Army […]
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 all veterans along with a Welcome Home Parade and Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans from all over Texas, on Saturday, May 12th, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will be […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which two U.S. Presidents were Pen Pals? A: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Nothing but mutual love and respect was evident when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson first met. Their backgrounds could not have been more different: Adams, a Yankee lawyer who abhorred slavery, almost never […]
Mr. Loudermilk’s 6th grade class spent Monday in the Museum learning about the history of communication. Computers use special binary languages to translate, store, and communicate date. Using binary code and signal flags, students encoded secret messages just like soldier’s did in the War Between States.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which U.S. President served as the President of Princeton University? A: Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow Wilson had an esteemed career as an academic and university president before entering politics. Wilson graduated from Princeton University (then called the College of New Jersey) in 1879 and went on to […]
On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, visited the American Freedom Museum on the campus of The Brook Hill School. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who is a long-time history enthusiast, enjoyed a personal tour with the school and museum’s founder, Stephen Dement.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: 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 independence of the Republic of Texas from […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was often called the Little Magician? A: Martin Van Buren. Van Buren was often called the “Little Magician” for his skill and wit and for being the main man responsible for organizing the Democratic Party. With this type of resume, you would think that […]
Mrs. Ponce’s 4th grade class enjoyed the museum visit on the “Texas Revolution” February 20.