Founders and Board of Directors
Staff Bios and Essays by Dr. Richard Gonzalez, Co-Founder
AHEF is a non-profit, non-partisan educational group (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America's factual and
philosophical heritage to promote constructive
citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens.
AHEF accomplishes this patriotic mission by providing educational resources and programs for educators,
students, and citizens nation-wide and world-wide through creative initiatives and partnerships.
AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.
Dr. & Mrs. Richard J. Gonzalez
Mr. John R. (Jack) Kamrath
Board of Directors
John R. Butler, Jr.
Eugenie "Jeannie" Sampson Kamrath Gonzalez
Jack Kamrath, President
Robert C. McNair
Dr. Mike Owens, Director of Education
Dr. Linus Wright
Dr. Roderick R. Paige, Advisory Director
Carol S. Vance, Advisory Director
Essays by Co-Founder Dr. Richard Gonzalez
Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility (FUPR) are central themes in America's heritage that
generations of Americans from diverse backgrounds have embraced for over two centuries. While diversity has always contributed to the strength of our republic, the recent focus on what sets us apart
rather than on what binds us together clearly tends to divide and weaken our nation. The effort in our
schools to celebrate diversity for diversity's sake without a corresponding understanding that diverse peoples are only one part of our national character
will result in a 'house divided' with potentially catastrophic social, cultural, and economic division.
AHEF believes that the concepts and themes of our American heritage must
be objectively studied and continually improved for today's students and citizens to understand, appreciate, and perpetuate the ongoing miracle of our
unique republic of the people, by the people, and for the people. Through a renewed study and understanding of historical events, founding documents,
national symbols, and significant individuals, students can better understand the foundational philosophical ideas underlying the establishment of the United States of America.
With such education, our students and citizens can therefore become increasingly aware of and
proficient in the inspired, noble, and virtuous ideals of our constitutional republic that is founded on
certain unalienable rights and the equality and freedom of all persons. As a result, students will become more patriotic, informed, responsible, active, enthusiastic, and united
citizens able to perpetuate the ideas of Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility that we value as members of the American family.
The American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) is a non-profit, non-partisan (501.c.3) education group established in January 1995.
In 1993, current members of the organization worked with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to establish American Heritage Month. Today, schools throughout HISD and
the nation celebrate our nation's heritage each November through creative activities and projects. AHEF and HISD partnered in the development of an American heritage teacher
resource and program for grades K-12, entitled America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty. This program continues to be introduced and
activated throughout school districts in Texas and the nation. American Heritage education workshops have also been developed to assist teachers in fully understanding and putting into practice
the ideas and principles included in the program.
America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty is a project designed and written by teachers with
AHEF and HISD to strengthen education in social studies, American history, American government, and
related subjects. It meets the standards and objectives of the National Council for the Social Studies
(NCSS) and TEKS in Texas. As a supplemental program and resource, it may be used within any curriculum, school, or district to help teachers improve student performance and enrichment.
The initial phase of this project included development of material designed for middle school students,
published in 1996. The material was later expanded to include content for K-12 and was published as a
first complete edition in the spring of 2001. The material has been revised and improved in content,
accuracy, presentation, and format in its latest edition (2012). It is available free of charge as a download, free of charge in CD format, or for purchase in printed binder format.
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