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Coming to America 🗽

Lady Liberty has proudly stood in the New York City Harbor for 145 years. Over time, this iconic statue has come to represent the story of millions of immigrants who have moved to American for better lives for themselves and their families.

America is a country of immigrants. When we learn about immigrants who have come to America, we discover the history of our nation––and that of our own ancestors!

The Hills Are Alive

“The Sound of Music” is one of the most popular musical films of all time, having won numerous awards and the hearts of people all around the world (“doe, a deer, a female deer…”) The film depicts the interesting lives of the von Trapps, an Austrian family of singers who were forced out of their homeland by Nazis, and immigrated to the U.S. for a new life. But the movie doesn’t show exactly how it really went down. Check out the facts versus big screen fiction for yourself. Spoiler alert: there were actually 10 children, not 7!

The Flower and I

Fifteen-year-old Ralph Kuznitzki wrote “The Flower and I” in 1944 for a school assignment at a refugee camp he lived in after immigrating to the United States. The poem describes his thoughts about living in America. The flower he discovered on a walk represents “a symbol of hope for a home for myself and a fatherhood for me and my descendants.” This essay was so inspiring that it was sent to the Secretary of the Interior. But the question remains: what grade did his teacher give him?!

My Family Tree

What better way to explore the foundation of our country than delving deeper into your own family history? You can use National Archives resources to do some research and help fill out your own downloadable family tree here.

Fun fact: Did you know that two First Ladies were born outside of the United States? Louisa Adams was born in England, and Melania Trump was born in Slovenia.

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