The story gives fans something to look forward to three times a week as they embark on a digital series called “History at Home.” Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. ET, History’s digital and social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and history.com – disseminate special content for families within the framework of social distance learning.
In their history lessons, segments will offer fun and educational content in a way that will teach, inspire and motivate children during the current health crisis. Beginning on Monday, April 20, classes are led by a series of inspiring personalities, such as first-time presenter and best-selling author Max Brooks (Second World War), which talks about the importance of washing your hands, as well as teaching viewers the history of germs and microbiology.
Other guest hosts include Laurence Fishburne (blackish), Padma Lakshmi (Excellent chef), tennis icon Billie Jean King, legal analyst Dan Abrams (PD live), host Kevin Frazier (Entertainment tonight), author Brad Meltzer (The Lincoln Conspiracy), child presidential expert Macey Hensley (The Ellen Show), artist John Bukaty, actor Brian Unger (It’s always nice in Philadelphia), YouTuber Lance Geiger (“The guy from the story”) and the chief American historian of the Battlefield Trust, Garry Adelman.
“We are currently living at an unprecedented moment in history,” said chief history historian Dr. Kimberly Gilmore. “Our brand has the ability to tap into its vast archive of historical content, while providing engaging and stimulating educational experiences during this intense time for children and parents. History always gives us perspective and context to find a way forward. We hope “The Home Story” provides uplifting moments of inspiration and positivity as we all navigate this pandemic together.
Topics that will be explored in the segments include the history of soap, hospital ships, nursing and toilet tissue. Larger topics to explore are those like obscure US presidents like Zachary Taylor, the secrets of Leonardo da Vinci, aviator Bessie Coleman, and how states took shape. Lesson plans corresponding to the themes of the videos will be provided on history.com/activities after each lesson and History encourages viewers to share their own videos and photos for the opportunity to be featured as their “Student of the Week”. History-themed quizzes will also be posted daily on History’s Instagram and Twitter pages.
Along with these new segments, over 100 educational program episodes related to core curriculum topics explored were curated with study materials, text stories and videos, all available at history.com/history-at-home. The network also offers free trials of Historical chest, which includes over 2,000 hours of historic content for viewers to consume. So tune in to “The Story at Home” weekly on History’s social media and digital platforms for new lessons in these uncertain times.
“Home Story” Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am ET, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and history.com