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Celebrate Independence Day
The Fourth of July is typically a day for outside cookouts and festivities.  When you are finished with the grilling,  you and the family can enjoy some ways to celebrate Independence Day with activities and a movie!

History of Independence Day 
The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

Some educational activities were collected and presented by Education World.  Parents, community members, teachers, and anyone with a love of history can plan some fascinating -- and memorable -- lessons around the day and documents that shaped our country.

This is another set of activities to celebrate independence day from

A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.
This 2 hour and 21 minute musical is available at Amazon Prive Video and gets a 7.6 on IMDB.

A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.
There are 40 episodes, about 45 minutes each, in this series, available on Netflix, which gets a 8.1 on IMDB.

There is also a 1995 full production of  1776 available for viewing on You Tube.

Celebrate Juneteenth
History of Juneteenth
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Celebrate Women's History and Feminism
Not only for women, these five interesting and varied documentaries cover a variety of topics that explore women's history and the women's movement.

The documentary explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. 
This 90 minute documentary is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video and scores a 7.6 on IMDB.

A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971. 
This 92 minute documentary is available on Netflix DVD and Amazon Prime Video and scores a 7.8 on IMDB.

This documentary profiles women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight, but had their dreams dashed when only men were chosen to become astronauts. 
This 78 minute Netflix original documentary scores a 6.8 on IMDB.

A documentary sharing the stories of inspiring women from different walks of life who are overcoming their fears and making an impact in their communities. 
This 101 minute documentary is available on Amazon Prive Video and scores a 9.2 on IMDB.

A documentary examining the global phenomenon of rape as a "weapon of war" in various conflict zones, including Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
This 62 minute documentary is available on Netflix and scores a 6.7 on IMDB.

Celebrate United States History
Learn About Civil Rights and Race Relations
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013) is an educational, informative, and much needed considering the state of affairs today in America! Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.
This six episode series is available on Amazon Prime Video, and gets an 8.3 on IMDB.

Soundtrack for a Revolution  (2009) tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music - the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Features new performances of the freedom songs by top artists; archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. Music enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and it was crucial in helping the protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. This film celebrates the vitality of this music.
This 1 hour and 22 minute documentary is available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix DVD, and gets an 7.7 on IMDB.

Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition of Uprooting Racism offers a framework around neoliberalism and interpersonal, institutional, and cultural racism, along with stories of resistance and white solidarity. It provides practical tools and advice on how white people can work as allies for racial justice, engaging the reader through questions, exercises, and suggestions for action, and includes a wealth of information about specific cultural groups such as Muslims, people with mixed heritage, Native Americans, Jews, recent immigrants, Asian Americans, and Latino/as.
Previous editions of Uprooting Racism have sold more than 50,000 copies. This accessible, personal, supportive, and practical guide is ideal for students, community activists, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. 
Learn About the History of the United States
The Untold History of the United States (2012-2013), is an excellent documentary that shows the often neglected history of the United States for the past 100 years from the perspective of the whole world.  This twelve episode series, about one hour each, tell the story. It's very interesting and absorbing.
This series is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and gets an 8.6/10 on IMDB.

John Adams (2008) is available on Amazon Prime Video.
The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. This seven episode series, each an hour long, gets an 8.5 on IMDB.

Celebrate Memorial Day
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a time of reflection on the effects of war and the people who fight them.  On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 PM local time.  Read more about the History of Memorial Day on the History Channel.

In 2018, the blog Cow Hampshire, Janice Brown wrote a wonderful piece on the Farmington War Memorials.  Read NH WWI Military: Heroes of Farmington!

Learn About the First World War
Begin to watch the series The First World War (2003) , which is available free with Amazon Prime.
In 1914, decades of building European resentments and rivalries finally exploded into a massive total war that became much larger and bloodier for far longer than anyone could have imagined. This series endeavors to tell the full story of World War I, which was far more than just the trenches and includes war on the high seas and furthest flung regions of the world. 
This comprehensive series of ten episodes, each about about fifty minutes in length, gets an 8.6/10 on IMDB.

Watch the movie War Horse (2011), available on Netflix.
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on. 
This 2 hour and 26 minute movie gets an 7.2/10 on IMDB.

Celebrate Farmington History
During this time of this COVID-19 Pandemic, the Farmington Historical Society urges you to stay safe, wear a face mask and maintain appropriate social distancing when out, and shelter in place as much as possible.  We invite you to spend some of your time at home learning about history.  The Society is practicing good social distancing behavior by not meeting during this time.  We are however, still committed to preserving Farmington's history.  We encourage you to visit our online Museum of Farmington History, and browse the approximately 500 items on display there.  We're adding new items to the museum on a regular basis.  If you don't already love history, you will after you visit our Museum of Farmington History.

Help Us Increase our Understanding of Farmington History
Stories of Farmington Initiative  You can help us preserve our stories by sharing your stories with us.  This collaboratory project seeks volunteer participants who currently or formerly lived in Farmington to share their favorite stories about Farmington, or about their lives in Farmington. Learn more on the "Stories of Farmington" page on the web.

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