I’m known to have a love for all things Presidential. It started in the second grade when my mother helped me create a Presidential Fun Fact calendar for the Social Studies Fair at my school. The light was rekindled when I fell for President Bartlet and his staff, and again when I recommitted to memorizing the list of POTUS as one of my 101 in 1001 goals and made myself a set of handmade flashcards I carried around in my purse for testing my memory.
My interest in Presidential fun facts has encouraged an embracing of history in other areas of my life beyond simply trivia. I’ve found myself with a hunger for stories of the past, looking for the charm that can only be found in the good ole days. This past December I spent time asking questions of my relatives, aiming to get them to share stories and let me look into our family history.
Celebrate History Bonus Activity: Make and take time to learn and share your family history. Ask questions of your elders. Share your own memories of what you hold special from your childhood experiences. Write it down, record it, and keep it forever, until you pass it on to the generation after next. You’ll thank yourself later when you can give such a special gift to your grand children or great nieces and nephews.
Celebrate History Extra Resources:
- I’m taking some time to read from one of the Presidential Fun Fact books I’ve received as gifts over the past few years. Which President Killed a Man and Smithsonian: Presidents; Every Question Answered are my two favorites of the moment.
- Abraham Lincoln riding a dinosaur. WHY do I want this so badly?
- Yes. It’s true. I have a POTUS Pinterest board.
- Coolidge sums up my "One step at a time" mindset.
- If you haven’t yet met Kid President, be ready to thank me: a pep talk
- Stuff You Missed in History Class is legit. So many fun topics covered on this podcast!
- I’ve started collecting recipes from my relatives to create a type of family cookbook. I want to go beyond my own favorites and learn what each member of my extended family treasures from their own traditions and memories, too! I’d love to put all the recipes in a nice book [I love this one, especially!] or even possibly make a York PhotoLab book with photos of the dishes on display.