From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was a tailor in his early working life? A: Andrew Johnson. No president has ever risen from such meager beginnings as Andrew Johnson. Born in North Carolina to a landless laborer and a washerwoman, Johnson lived in extreme poverty and never spent a day […]
American Freedom Museum
Mrs. Williams’s class went to the American Freedom Museum this week to do research on their Texas history projects. They are making a brochure on people who immigrated to Texas in the 1800s and the history around that time.
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Who is the only president to have served only one month in office? A: William Henry Harrison. Harrison was sixty-eight years old when he took office. You would think that he would have listened to his mother, who most likely told him once if she told him a […]
From the desk of Jan Hommel, Museum Director: Q: Which president was one of the youngest pilots in U.S. Navy history? A: George H.W. Bush. George Bush is a hero, not just for being a chief executive, but for being a brave nineteen-year-old who was a fearless TBM Avenger (Torpedo Bomber) aviator in the Pacific […]
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 […]