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The Statue of Liberty arrives in America, 130 years ago today

June 17th, 2015|

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make its first full appearance in New York until June 17, 1885. The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor to great fanfare that day, but to the surprise of no one familiar with the Statue project, its [...]

The Army celebrates it’s 240th birthday today.

June 15th, 2015|

Formed in 1775 by an act of the Continental Congress, the Army has grown from a ragtag group of state militias to one of the strongest combat forces in history.

Today we celebrate Flag Day…

June 14th, 2015|

an enduring symbol of American values and freedom. However, did you know there are classrooms across our nation without Flags for our children to salute? Here is where your support of the Joe Foss Institute has an immediate impact. Together, we have delivered more than 33,000 classroom American Flags to schools across the country allowing [...]

And soon there will be eight!

June 9th, 2015|

Louisiana is set to became the eighth state to pass the civics education legislation. The bill (House Bill 34), sponsored by Sen. Page Cortez, Lafayette, received final passage with a 39-0 Senate vote Monday and heads to the governor. Supporters of the bill said high school students often have little knowledge about U.S. government and [...]

Insightful analysis of the Civil War and its impact on the Constitution…

June 8th, 2015|

"The most obvious constitutional result of the Civil War was the adoption of three landmark constitutional amendments. The 13th ended slavery forever in the United States, while the 14th made all persons born in the United States (including the former slaves) citizens of the nation and prohibited the states from denying anyone the privileges and [...]

Our presenters, all Veterans, spent Memorial Day with Texas students

June 2nd, 2015|

Joe Foss Institute presenters, all Veterans, spent this past Memorial Day with Abilene, Texas, students sharing the real meaning behind the day and important lessons on the Founding Documents, as well as their stories of service. Thanks to all our Veterans for participating and to the Abilene Independent School District. See you next year! Watch [...]

A long-awaited honor

June 2nd, 2015|

We salute all who serve for their sacrifices. Incredible stories of valor.

Students like senior Fred Martinez think civics exam is needed push

June 1st, 2015|

"A lot of kids don’t really take our American democracy classes seriously when they probably should, because it's important to be informed Americans, especially about politics," Martinez said. Martinez is preparing to study court law at UW -- a dream he knows not everyone has, but a knowledge of government he hopes all students will [...]

Looking for a fun and inspiring activity…

May 28th, 2015|

for your youth group or Scouting Troop this summer? Have one of JFI's trained Veteran speakers join you. Our Veterans will speak about their experiences, while also delivering educational material on the Flag and our country's Founding Documents. Book a Veteran "living history" presentation today.

It is Never Too Young…

May 28th, 2015|

to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. Watch this little guy's patriotic pledge. Do you remember your first time saluting the flag?