The Grateful American Series
David Bruce Smith Publications presents The Grateful American™ Series
An interactive, multimedia program designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for children
“You have to know where you came from to know where you are going,” insists David Bruce Smith, a Washington, DC-based author and publisher who recently penned American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.
That’s why in January 2014 he launched The Grateful American™ Series — a radio show, TV series and guidebook that he’s launching with his show on the Inkandescent Radio Network.
To get the conversation started, we sat down with David in the Washington, DC headquarters of his company, David Bruce Smith Publications.
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Step Inside George Washington’s Mt. Vernon with Doug Bradburn, Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
In February 2014, Smith headed to Mt. Vernon to interview Doug Bradburn. We talked in the stacks, alongside Martha Washington’s papers, which is adjacent to the room filled with books owned by George Washington himself.
Adam Goodheart is the author of the New York Times bestseller “1861” and the forthcoming “1865,” two books that capture the stories that give us tremendous insight into the real people who fought and lived during the Civil War.
A historian, essayist, and journalist, Goodheart’s articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. He is a regular columnist for the Times’ acclaimed Civil War series, “Disunion.” He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he is director of Washington College’s C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.
For American history buffs, there’s nothing quite like visiting the home of a former president. And when that president is one of the nation’s most revered and beloved, as is Abraham Lincoln, it’s especially meaningful to meander through his summer home in Washington, DC.
David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs sit down for an interview with Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of President Lincoln’s Cottage at The Soldiers’ Home, which stands just 3.5 miles from the White House.
The Hamilton Grange National Memorial is a National Park Service site in upper New York City.
To talk about the home, Hamilton, and the impact he made on American history is Liam Strain — who currently serves as District Ranger for a collection of individually legislated units of the National Park System that also includes Grant’s Tomb and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace N. Memorial.
When it comes to the Revolutionary era, there’s no better storyteller than best-selling author Tom Fleming. In fact, The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers, is most relevant for our Grateful American™ Series, and one of the books David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs focused on during their recent interview with Fleming in his stomping ground of New York City.
The co-hosts of the Grateful American™ TV Show couldn’t have found a better spot to do the interview than the formal dining room of Alexander Hamilton’s home, The Grange.
What inspired David Bruce Smith to write “Three Miles from Providence: The Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home”? That’s just one of the questions that Angela Sontheimer, managing director of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, finds out in this episode of the Grateful American™ Radio Show.
For insights into the lives of these founders of the country, we visited with Kat Imhoff, who has been president of The Montpelier Foundation since January 2013. You’ll be fascinated and delighted to learn more about this couple, including how quickly they married.
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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives,” President James Madison famously said in 1822.
That quote is part of the inspiration for the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at Madison’s home, Montpelier, where Americans are able to increase their knowledge of the Constitution, better understand the thinking of the Founding Fathers, and engage in thought-provoking dialogues with historians, authors, and scholars as a means of deepening “the power which knowledge gives.”
For insights, Grateful American Series™ founder David Bruce Smith and Grateful American Foundation Executive Director Hope Katz Gibbs sat down with the directors of the Center, including:
- Dr. Sean T. O’Brien, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Montpelier Foundation
- Jennifer Howell, director of digital publishing at Montpelier
- Dr. Lynn Uzzell, scholar in residence at the Center for the Constitution