It’s a Grand Old Flag….

Posted on June 1, 2016

By Candy Jones-Guerin

On June 14th we celebrate Flag Day. This special day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

On June 14th, 1885, a 19 year old teacher at Stony Hill School placed a 10 inch, 38 star flag in a bottle on his desk then assigned essays on the flag and its significance.  With this act, Bernard J. Cigrand, started a movement.

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations. Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

Our challenge to you…place a small flag in a bottle on your desk and dig into these great titles with your students.  Happy Flag Day!

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency, 1st Edition
February 2016
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency devotes one comprehensive chapter to each of the 44 U.S. Presidents and his administration. Covering more than 200 years of American history, this groundbreaking new resource offers a wealth of information for today’s students and classrooms

The Encyclopedia of the Continental Congress, 1st Edition
October 2015
The Encyclopedia of the Continental Congress provides an in-depth history of the Congresses and their impact and role in the shaping and foundation of early American Society and government. Comprehensive coverage covers both the first Continental Congress in 1774 and the first Federal Congress in 1789.

American Eras: Primary Sources: Revolutionary Era (1754-1783), 1st Edition
April 2015
A period of philosophical enlightenment, a thriving slave trade, and revolutionary war comes alive for students in this volume of American Eras: Primary Sources. Helpful annotations and contextual information accompany excerpts from seminal documents—such as the Articles of Confederation, precursor of the Constitution; “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine’s influential plea for independence; and the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War—as well as numerous lesser-known documents and images not readily available to readers.


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About the Author

Candy is an explorer and educator with a passion for technology and the latest trends. Living and teaching ‘on the road’ for many years taught her a lot about how to build stronger communities and schools.



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