American Freedom Museum


12th Grade Explores the Vietnam War

August 20, 2014

This past summer the senior class read Tim O’Brien’s collection of stories called The Things They Carried for summer reading. As the book’s stories are set primarily during the Vietnam War, Mr. Travis brought the students down to the American Freedom Museum for a visual depiction of the various gear and functions of American soldiers […]

2nd Oldest WW II Veteran Visits Museum

August 15, 2014

Jerry Brannon (Coast Guard), Bill Decker (Navy), Bill Fortune (Air Force), Junior Bazor, Jack Alexander, Monroe Graham (Army), Elmer Hill (Navy) and Loy Barber The American Freedom Museum was honored to have eight World War II veterans visit the Museum on Thursday, August 14th. This group from Emeritus at Henderson served in the Air Force, […]

Telling America’s Story

July 01, 2014

“How can we as a nation prepare for the future if we fail to understand our past?” – Stephen Dement: Founder, American Freedom Museum & The Brook Hill School The American Freedom Museum on the campus of The Brook Hill School exists for three reasons:  (1) to honor our veterans and active military and recognize the sacrifices they have made […]

6th Grade Studies Civil War at Museum

January 24, 2014

Our 6th graders began studying The War Between The States this week in class. As a way of introducing the era to our students, Mr. Roquemore and Mrs. Eden took them to the American Freedom Museum here on campus. Students learned about the events and circumstances leading to the war as well as what life […]

US History Class Visits Museum

January 09, 2014

The U.S. History class recently toured the War Between the States section of the American Freedom Museum as the conclusion of our study of this chapter in our history.  Special emphasis was placed upon the role of the Virginia Military Institute Cadets as they became the only school in our history to send their entire […]

It’s in the Genes: Integrating History and Science in the Classroom

January 09, 2014

On Thursday, 7th grade students took a trip to the American Freedom Museum for science class. In an effort to integrate history, science, and project-based learning, students used the Presidents and first ladies to learn how genes from a father and mother determine a child’s appearance. Students noted relatives in the presidency as well as […]

Remembering JFK

November 21, 2013

From the desk of Jan Hommel, American Freedom Museum Director: John F. Kennedy 35th President of the United States January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963 “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing […]

Guess the President

November 13, 2013

I was the first president to speak on television. I was the first president to have a presidential aircraft. I was the first president whose mother was allowed to vote for him. I was the first president to be elected for 4 terms. I was in office longer than any other president. I was the […]

Veterans Chapel

November 13, 2013

Today at chapel we honored those brave men and women who fought to preserve our freedom. The celebration of freedom included the story of a local veteran from WWII, a salute from the Cannon Guard, and a tour of the American Freedom Museum. It was a wonderful opportunity to remind our students of the sacrifice countless […]

History + Math = Fun!

October 22, 2013

Mr. Wayne Mahaffey’s Algebra 1 classes visited the American Freedom Museum today. Their objective? To discover the many options to create a real-life math problem in part to think mathmatically and in part to have a better understanding of our history! Students were assigned the task of creating three mathmatical problems from three different parts […]

Wounded Warriors Visit Brook Hill

September 27, 2013

Our students lined the drive at The Brook Hill School this afternoon to receive soldiers who have fought to protect our freedoms. We waved flags, cheered, heard from a soldier who had been wounded in battle, and prayed for our nation. It was a unique opportunity to honor our veterans, teach our students about the […]

What is a Teaching Museum?

September 20, 2013

From the Desk of Jan Hommel, Director of the American Freedom Museum. Over the past 12 months, the American Freedom Museum’s focus and programming has moved us in the direction of being defined and shaped as a “Teaching Museum”. You might wonder, what is a “Teaching Museum”? A “Teaching Museum” is a museum that aligns […]