In February 2014, David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs headed to Mt. Vernon to interview Doug Bradburn, founding director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. They spoke in the stacks, alongside Martha Washington’s papers, which is adjacent to the room filled with books owned by George Washington. History fans would have to agree, that’s something special.
- Why Doug Bradburn believes it’s essential for children to understand American history.
- Why George Washington is more than a myth—but also a great businessman and leader.
- Some little known details of Washington’s career—including some near misses that could have killed him.
- The tragedies in Washington’s life that honed his character.
History education is under threat and the Grateful American Radio Show is stepping forward to do something about it. I’m Grateful for them! These conversations are a great resource for teachers and parents interested in inspiring kids—the next generation of citizens—with a sense of the importance and fun of learning about our shared past. – Doug Bradburn