In Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington Virginia, there is a tomb known as the Tomb of Unknowns. What is the Tomb of the Unknowns? How long has it existed? During a war, there are numerous occasions when a soldier dies in combat and it is impossible to identify...read more
Yesterday my students were doing research for their Old West projects when one of my students stumbled across footage of Annie Oakley in action. The video was shot by Thomas Edison's staff with one of the early motion picture cameras. The video confirms what many...read more
Mother’s Day On the second Sunday in May, we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. Where did this tradition come from? How long has it been around? In 1908, Anna Jarvis decided to hold a memorial for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna’s mother had been a peace...read more
In late December of 1914, the brutal conflict in Europe was a mere five months old. German troops on the Western Front had been engaged in a murderous stalemate with British and French forces since mid-September when the German advance had been halted during the...read more
What is Ebola? How is it spread? Is it out to kill us all? http://youtu.be/3kYLrAvCsmwread more
Benedict Arnold was arguably the most gifted officer in the Continental Army. Known for his passion, bravery, and leadership skills, he was adored by his men. However his name, instead of being shrouded in glory, is synonymous with the word traitor. How did this...read more
Writer, Author, Instructor
If there was a Mount Rushmore for Reading Through History, Jake would have to be George Washington… the founding father, if you will. Jake Henderson was born and raised in Enid, OK, where he lived until attending college. He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK where he earned a BA in History Education. He also has a Master’s Degree in History Education from SWOSU, which he earned in 2004. He has taught US History, World History, AP Government, US Government, Geography, Oklahoma History, and Psychology at the High School level for more than ten years, and he currently lives and teaches in Woodward, OK. Jake does much of the research for the Reading Through History team, as well as writing historical fiction.
Writer, Author, Instructor
If Jake is the George Washington on Reading Through History’s Mount Rushmore, then Robert must be Thomas Jefferson. Just as Jefferson helped mold and shape the nation we live in, Robert has helped mold and shape the vision of Reading Through History. Robert was raised in Butler, OK. He graduated from SWOSU where he earned a BA in History Education. He has taught U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, Geography, Oklahoma History, World Studies, Art, and Music Appreciation at the middle and high school levels since 1999. He currently teaches at Blanche Thomas High School in Sentinel, Oklahoma. Robert does research for Reading Through History, fact-checking & editing. He writes historical fiction, proofreads, edits some more, and manages the Reading Through History Blog, as well as our Facebook content. You might call him a jack-of-all-trades.