American Freedom Museum


JV Choir heads to the AFM

October 20,

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 […]

American Freedom Museum: Fun Fact Friday

October 13,

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. […]

American Freedom Museum: Fun Fact Friday

October 06,

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 […]

American Freedom Museum: Fun Fact Friday

September 29,

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 […]

Fourth graders play hide-and-seek in the AFM

September 27,

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 […]

American Freedom Museum: Fun Fact Friday

September 22,

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 […]

Eleventh grade in American Freedom Museum for 9/11

September 15,

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 […]

Fifth Grade visits American Freedom Museum

September 15,

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 […]

Do you know the story of the Fourth of July?

July 03,

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 […]

Memorial Day at the American Freedom Museum

May 26,

Join as this Memorial Day weekend as we honor those who gave their lives for our nation’s freedoms. Memorial Day Weekend Hours: Saturday, May 27th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, May 29th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fascinating Facts About Memorial Day: • Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day commemorating the Union […]

General Patton’s grandson at Brook Hill for the ETX Salute

May 19,

The Brook Hill School was honored to host the grandson of General George S. Patton, Jr. this past weekend. George Patton Waters, from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, was the keynote speaker for the 2017 East Texas Salute event. At a dinner in his honor on Friday evening, Mr. Waters shared personal stories about his grandfather. […]