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Reading into History: Interview with Capital Days Author, Tonya Bolden
February 5, 2016

Do you keep a journal? If you do, you probably think of it as one of your most private possessions; but to historians hundreds of years from now, your journal might be worth writing a whole book about! That’s what acclaimed children’s author Tonya Bolden thought about a journal kept by Michael Shiner, an African…

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Reading into History: Interview with The Detective’s Assistant Author Kate Hannigan
December 16, 2015

You probably know that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. You may not know that a previous assassination attempt was made on him during his 13-day train journey from Springfield, IL, to his inauguration in Washington, D.C., in 1861. Even more remarkable, it was a female detective who saved Lincoln’s life! That detective,…

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Reading into History: Honoring African American Veterans
November 11, 2015

By Rachel Walman This past Sunday, families gathered for a Veterans Day-themed Reading into History family book club meeting to discuss the book Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. This amazing book chronicles the tumultuous journey of a group of African American…

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Meet the “To Kill A Mockingbird” Teach-in Panelists
September 16, 2015

If you are a middle or high school student, chances are you had to read To Kill A Mockingbird this summer. If you are a parent, chances are that you also read this book around the same age as your children are now. This 1960 novel has been a literary touchstone for the past 55…

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Reading into History: Author Matt Phelan Discusses Bluffton
August 26, 2015

Summer may be drawing to a close, but the Reading into History family book club is about to start up again! We’re meeting this Sunday at 2 pm to discuss Matt Phelan’s graphic novel Bluffton about a boy who spends a few magical summers with a young Buster Keaton. Many people know Buster Keaton as…

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Reading into Mockingbird: The Jim Crow South
July 28, 2015

Reading into Mockingbird is a series of posts about the historical themes in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Reading into History Teen Summer’s 2015 read. Through these posts, we will provide historical background to enhance your reading of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the…

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Reading into Mockingbird: Eugenics, the Ewells, and Tom Robinson
July 21, 2015

“Reading into Mockingbird” is a series of posts about the historical themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Reading into History Teen Summer’s 2015 read. Through these posts, we will provide historical background to enhance your reading of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the…

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Reading into Mockingbird: The Great Depression
July 1, 2015

Reading into Mockingbird is a series of posts about the historical themes in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (the Reading into History Teen Summer’s 2015 read).Through these posts, we will provide historical background to enhance your understanding of the book and your participation in our Goodreads discussions and teach-in event at the Museum…

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Salt by Helen Frost Wins Our Children’s History Book Prize
June 22, 2015

Among dozens of excellent submissions, one book stood out to the panel of historians, educators, and families:  Salt, by Helen Frost. The story weaves a tale of cross-cultural friendship threatened by the War of 1812. Written in verse, Salt is set in the Indiana Territory at the start of the conflict and unfolds through the…

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