Kids’ Newsletter Spring 2016

 April 2016

Did you know…?

 … Route 66 crosses 8 states and 3 time zones!

Quick Trivia

  1. Which Disney Pixar film was almost named “Route 66”?
  2. When is Memorial Day?
  3. Who will feature on the front of the new $20 note?

Spring in the USA

What a great time to visit America! The flowers are in bloom, including wildflowers in the deserts, the baseball season is underway and theme parks and beaches may be a little quieter than in the summer. Here are a few ideas for a Spring trip to the U.S………..

Route 66

The historic highway was built in the 1920s and runs from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California. It crosses through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The road is more than 2,000 miles long and goes through Native American communities, past the Grand Canyon and all the way to the beaches of California. Other famous landmarks that are along the route include the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. You also get to pass the world’s largest concrete totem pole in Oklahoma! The Santa Monica Pier is right at the end of the route, looking out onto the Pacific Ocean.

In the early 20th Century, Route 66 was known as the Main Street of America. The Disney Pixar film Cars was inspired by a trip along the famous road and was almost named Route 66!

Springtime Baby animals

This is the time of the year to see some of America’s cutest animals – here’s where you can find them:

  • Baby bison at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
  • Baby manatees in Merritt Island National Park, Florida.
  • Baby moose in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  • Baby sea turtles along the southeast coast of Texas.
  • Baby bears in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
  • Baby seals on the Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
  • Baby horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Harriet Tubman and the new $20 note

Harriet Tubman Photo Credit: Library of Congress
Harriet Tubman Photo Credit: Library of Congress

On April 20 2016, Treasury Secretary Jacob J.Lew announced that Harriet Tubman will feature on front of the new $20 note.

Harriet Tubman was a slave from Maryland who was known as the “Moses of her people.” She was born Araminta Ross in 1820, Dorchester County, Maryland.  She was one of 11 children of Harriet and Benjamin Ross, born into slavery.

Ross started work, when she was a child, as a maid for a small baby. In 1844, Ross married John Tubman. She changed her first name, taking her mother’s name, Harriet. She ran away in 1849 and managed to reach Philadelphia where she found work as a household servant. She saved money so she could help others to escape.

During the Civil War, Tubman worked for the Union army as a nurse, a cook, and a spy.

Tubman saved many people during her lifetime, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom in the northern states and Canada. In all, Tubman made 19 trips to Maryland and helped 300 people to freedom, including her elderly parents.

Harriet Tubman was quoted as saying, “I would fight for liberty so long as my strength lasted.” The Underground Railroad is now protected as a National Monument in Maryland.

She died on March 10, 1913, in New York, where she was buried with military honors. Her tombstone reads “Servant of God, Well Done.”

The reverse of the new $20 note will feature The White House and an image of President Andrew Jackson.

Memorial Day

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a Memorial Day wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Americans who rest beneath these beautiful hills, and in sacred ground across our country and around the world, they are why our nation endures. Each simple stone marker, arranged in perfect military precision, signifies the cost of our blessings. It is a debt we can never fully repay.”

— President Obama, Memorial Day 2015

 

Famous American Birthdays in April

4th     Robert Downey, Jr., actor (Iron Man), 51;

5th     Pharrell Williams, singer, producer and songwriter, 43;

9th     Marc Jacobs, fashion designer, 53;

9th     Kristen Stewart, actress (Twilight), 26;

12th   David Letterman, talk show host, comedian, 69;

24th   Kelly Clarkson, singer, 34;

25th   Tim Duncan, basketball player, 40;

30th   Dianna Agron, actress (Glee), 30.

 

Quick trivia answers: a) Cars; b) Monday May 30; c) Harriet Tubman.