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10 fascinating facts on the White House’s 225th anniversary

October 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 225th anniversary of an American icon: the White House. Here's a look back at its remarkable history.

Chester Alan Arthur: Obscure or underrated?

October 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

If you are a presidential historian or a fan of facial hair, you probably know a little about Chester Alan Arthur. For the rest of us, he’s one of the more obscure leaders in American history.

On this day: Congress officially creates the U.S. Army

September 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

To some it seemed like a technicality, but on this day in 1789, President George Washington succeeded in getting the First Congress to recognize the U.S. Army under the terms of our new Constitution.

20 questions kids ask the most on Constitution Day

September 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

How many bathrooms are in the White House? Who is the tallest president? Read the most asked among 3,000 questions we received on Constitution Day from students!

It was 230 years ago today, the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia

September 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

On September 17, 1787, a group of men gathered in a closed meeting room to sign the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. And it was Benjamin Franklin who made the motion to sign the document in his last great speech.

How a hurricane brought Alexander Hamilton to America

August 31, 2017 By NCC Staff

How different would America have been without a hurricane that hit St. Croix in late August 1772? Without it, Alexander Hamilton may never have never shaped this country’s history.

10 fascinating facts about the “I Have A Dream” speech

August 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 54 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington. So how much do you know about the speech, and the events that led up to it?

Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

August 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of public speaking. Here is a look at the Dream speech and other addresses that moved people – and history.

10 fascinating facts about the National Park Service

August 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 101st anniversary of the Organic Act that created the National Park Service. So how much has the Park Service grown since then and what properties are part of the service?

On this day, we added the 50th state

August 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

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