"Elijah and George" Historical Fiction Film
Category: History
Tags: Revolutionary War George Washington Battle of Monmouth Family Friendly Independent Film Family Freedom Home

When I was 3, I begged my mom to teach me how to read, and she did. As I approached school age, my parents weren't sure what grade to put me in, so they decided to homeschool me... and, eventually, my 6 younger siblings. Growing up, I read voraciously, devouring books of many different genres and lengths. Some of my favorites were historical fiction (especially the American Adventure series) and what I call "Biblical fiction" (books like "The Big Fisherman," '"The Robe," "The Bronze Bow," and the Arnold Ytreeide Advent storybooks). These books made important events come alive for me, with the historical figures becoming relatable and human. 

Fast-forward almost 2 decades. My parents are still homeschooling my younger siblings, and I just graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Cinematic Arts (aka filmmaking). People often ask what movie inspired me to get into filmmaking. I realized eventually that it wasn't any movie. It was the books I had read growing up. When I read, I imagined the people and events of the story vividly, essentially creating a movie in my head. Filmmaking, I've discovered, allows me to share with others the stories I picture in my mind. 

Now I'm working as a producer on a brand-new historical fiction feature film called "Elijah and George." This family-friendly movie is based on the book "George Washington's Army and Me," written and illustrated by Michael Dooling.  “Elijah and George” is an adventurous, at-times humorous story of family, freedom, and home set against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War. When young Elijah’s father does not return from the Battle of Monmouth, Elijah sets out alone to find him. 

In an age of divisive politics, political correctness, and other factions, this story celebrates wholesome, unifying values: the beauty of a loving family, the resilience of the human spirit as father and son fight to get back to each other, and the goodness of freedom and home. 

“Elijah and George” brings to light several important pieces of Revolutionary history, focusing on the women and children who followed the Continental Army and supported the soldiers. It includes accurate portrayals of characters such as Mary Hays (aka Molly Pitcher), Oneida Indian Polly Cooper, and teenage soldier Joseph Plumb Martin alongside the more well-known figures of General George Washington, General Charles Lee, and Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton, etc. We have several historical experts on board as advisors to ensure accuracy in every aspect of the film, and the original story is based on letters and diaries from the period. 

So, how can you see this film? Right now we are in the funding and development stage. We have a completed screenplay and many of our principal roles have been cast. We are pursuing funding through multiple channels, including crowdfunding! All donations through our “For the People, By the People” Network for Good crowdfunding page are tax deductible. Every dollar is helpful and greatly appreciated!

We also have some wonderful educational resources available as perks for our donors!

For more information about the film, you can visit the website at http://elijahandgeorge.com/

You can find our crowdfunding page here: https://fromtheheartproductions.networkforgood.com/projects/50459-feature-films-elijah-and-george-feature-film

Please feel free to share with friends and family! Thank you for helping us bring this important story to life to spark the interest of more young people in our nation's history!

Natalie Pace

Producer: Community Outreach


Let's do a study about Trains!
Category: History
Tags: trains railroad history

Want to do a unit study on trains? Look no further! This 90 page download has everything you need!

Here's what you'll find in this comprehensive unit:
Railroad History
Railroad History Reading Comprehension
Railroad History Notebooking Pages
The Steam Locomotive
The Steam Locomotive Reading Comprehension
Earliest Railroads Map
Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad (Map)
Railroads in 1870 (Map)
Railroads in 1918 (Map)
Railroad in 2005 (Map)
How a Steam Engine Works (Diagram)
Draw/Label Steam Engine Worksheet
Steam Engine Notebooking Page
Parts of a Steam Engine (Diagram)
Parts of a Steam Engine (Definitions)
Parts of a Steam Engine Worksheets
Railroad Communication
Railroad Communication Reading Comprehension
Lantern Signals (Poster)
Lantern Signals Worksheet
Railroad Signals & Signs
Railroad Signals & Signs Worksheet
Railroad Signals & Signs Notebooking Pages
Railroad Car Type (Flashcards)
Car Types (Uses)
Railroad Car Crossword Puzzle
Railroad Car Matching
Caboose was Home
Caboose was Home Reading Comprehension
Caboose was Home - A Day in the Life
Caboose was Home - Acrostic Poetry
Railroad Car Notebooking pages
Railroad Car Mini-Book/Cards
Railroad Jobs
Railroad Jobs Crossword
Railroad Jobs Notebooking Pages
The Value of Freight Railroads
The Value of Freight Railroads Reading Comprehension
American Hobo - What I Know
The American Hobo
American Hobo - What Ive Learned
American Hobo Notebooking Pages
The American Hobo - Cinquain Poetry
American Hobo Symbols
Hobo Town Worksheet (Map Drawing)
Hobo Symbols Matching Worksheet
10 Railroad Research Project Ideas
Railroad Slang (Activity)
Railroad Slang (Poster)
Railroad Trivia
Railroad Graphics
Answer Keys

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Rubber People? MesoAmerican ballgame? What are those?
Category: History
Tags: Ancient history Charlotte Mason Elementary grades Bible civilizations


Olmec Civilization c. 1600 BC to c. 1000 BC

Another civilization appeared in southern Mexico around the same time as the Maya. This civilization is known as the Olmec and they settled on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (in the current states of Veracruz and Tabasco) directly north of where the Maya lived. No one knows what the Olmec called themselves. The name Olmec comes the Aztec language and means "rubber people." They were given this name due to their mastery of the use of rubber.

The first real evidence that we have for the early stages of the Olmec culture comes from a bog called El Manat in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. The Olmecs used this site from approximately 1600 B.C. until 1200 B.C. Archaeologists have discovered some interesting objects in this bog including wooden sculptures, ceremonial weapons, rubber balls, and babies' bones. No one knows how the babies died, but each set of bones has its own wooden sculpture. The wooden sculptures are busts (the torso, shoulders, and head of a human figure). Most of the the wooden busts were wrapped before being buried. Each one had an individual facial expression and each one was buried with different objects.

Also found in the bog were rubber balls buried together with axes, pottery, knives, beads, and more. These objects were carefully placed in specific patterns and not just thrown in a pile. The rubber balls were formed by taking natural rubber and changing its chemical makeup in a process called vulcanization. This process causes the rubber to be less sticky and hold its shape. The discovery of these rubber balls caused archaeologists to consider the Olmec as possible creators of the Mesoamerican ballgame. This ballgame was very popular among later cultures in that region. No one knows the exact rules, but the general idea seemed to be keeping a rubber ball in play by hitting it against a high wall with one's hip. This game was, of course, played for fun sometimes. However, given the elaborate ballcourts that were built, it is highly likely that the game had some ceremonial function as well.

A solid rubber ball used or similar to those used in the Mesoamerican ballgame, from Kaminaljuyu, 300 BC to 250 AD.With a manopla, or handstone, used to strike the ball, also from Kaminaljuyu, 900 BC to 250 AD.The ball is 3 inches (almost 8 cm) in diameter, a size that suggests it was used to play a hand ball. A mitten-shaped space has been carved out for the player's hand. The handstone was probably strapped in place. The far side of the stone is worn nearly smooth where it struck the ball, putting spin on it. Traces of rubber still adhere to the surface.
Photo by Madman2001


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