AHEF Reaches and Impacts Nation's Teachers and Students with
Distribution of America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty
AHEF has produced continuing major growth of AHEF's marketing and Lesson Plan distribution through America.
A simple review of AHEF's statistics underscores this growth:
Year Website Hits Website Page Views Resource Requests
2004-2005 12,510 28,410 13,250
2005-2006 21,923 55,405 16,300
2006-2007 29,153 80,199 6,140
2007-2008 49,102 168,555 14,240
2008-2009 72,723 267,158 17,889
2009-2010 74,097 252,371 14,471
AHEF has distributed approximately 97,000 American Heritage lesson CDs to educators and homeschoolers, reaching 1.6 million students in the nation.
However, this number is only about 6% of all students currently studying American history. Currently, AHEF is working on expanding its programs and developing resources to also include college-level students.
National and world maps (above) show weekly and monthly website activity for AHEF.
AHEF's lesson plans are becoming known not only in the United States but around the world! Readers from the following countries have recently logged on and read about AHEF and its programs:
Argentina Australia Bahamas Bangladesh
Belgium Bermuda Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil
Canada Chile China Costa Rica
Cote D'Ivoire Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Egypt Fiji France French Polynesia
Georgia German Ghana Greece
Guam Guatemala Honduras India
Indonesia Iran Ireland Israel
Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan
Korea Kuwait Lebanon Lithuania
Madagascar Malaysia Mauritius Mexico
Morocco Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Zealand
Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan
Phillipines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico
Qatar Romania Russian Federation Saudi Arabia
Singapore Slovakia South Africa Spain
Sri Lanka Sweden Switzerland Taiwan
Thailand Trinidad and Tobago Turkey United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom Ukraine Venezuela Vietnam
American Heritage Month in November
Houston Independent School District and State of Texas
American Heritage Month - Celebrate Freedom Week - Constitution Day - Veterans Day
American Heritage Month gives us all an opportunity to reflect on our roots as Americans from a fresh
perspective. It is a time to remember that we Americans have brought with us many different heritages, but we
have joined together in this country as one people. The Declaration of Independence sets forth our fundamental
values, and the Constitution serves to protect those values. Our schools, teachers, students, and other citizens
help preserve and strengthen the miracle that is America. As Thomas Jefferson said, 'If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.'"
Houston Independent School District (HISD) among other school districts celebrates American Heritage Month in
November. American Heritage Month supports the teaching and understanding of the facts, philosophy, and values which make up our nation's unique history and upon which are nation is founded and ever affected.
American Heritage Month is an opening point for teachers in emphasizing education and ideas through resources, lessons, and activities for students that further the understanding of American heritage. The
American Heritage Exemplary Citizenship Award will be presented to the annual recipient. American
Heritage month will be held in conjunction with the celebration of Veteran's Day. The Houston Independent School District offers information and additional resources for teachers at HISD Social Studies Curriculum Department. AHEF makes available to teachers the lesson plan resource, America's Heritage: An Adventure in
Liberty, along with American Heritage Month posters and other resources for use, reference, and ideas during this month and throughout the school year.
Celebrate Freedom Week, passed by the Texas Legislature, addresses social studies instruction in public
schools. Celebrate Freedom Week, designated the week including November 11 in public schools, encourages
appropriate instruction, as determined by each school district, in each social studies class. Instruction should
include study of the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States
Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical context. Constitution Day occurs during this week.
HISD American Heritage Month Celebration and Music Program
Click picture below to view video.
(Uses Windows Media Player)
View an historic
HISD American Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration
(with address by former Superintendent Dr. Rod Paige)
Click on the flag below to view video.
(Uses Windows Media Player)
The National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Mary Smith Lockwood for Education Award
AHEF Co-Founder Eugenie "Jeannie" Sampson Kamrath Gonzalez
October 7, 2011
AHEF Co-Founder Jeannie Gonzalez was presented the 2011 highest education award from the National Society
of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for "Outstanding Achievement Through Educational Pursuits."
DAR awarded its prestigious Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education to Gonzalez on October 7, 2011, in Houston, TX.
Gonzalez and her deceased husband, AHEF Co-Founder Dr. Richard J. Gonzalez, had previously been awarded
the National Society for the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Good Citizenship Medal "in recognition of notable services in behalf of our American principles."
State of Texas Resolution
in honor of
AHEF Co-Founder Eugenie "Jeannie" Sampson Kamrath Gonzalez
September 15, 2009
The state of Texas presented Jeannie Gonzalez, Co-Founder of AHEF, with a resolution honoring her
outstanding dedication to her community. Mrs. Gonzalez has served the community as an active volunteer and
leader of numerous worthy endeavors and civic efforts for more than five decades. Mrs. Gonzalez is Co-Founder
of AHEF. She also served as Houston Area Forum Vice-President, Houston Grand Jury Association board member, Mayor's Charter Study Committee member, Houston Independent School District Department of
Education board member, and Houston ISD trustee. She was the 2004 recipient of the American Heritage Citizenship Award.
The National Society for the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR)
Distinguished Patriot Award
AHEF Co-Founder and President Jack Kamrath
May 21, 2008
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) has honored Jack Kamrath, AHEF
Co-Founder and President, with its 2008 Distinguished Patriot Award "in recognition of his leadership in
preserving America's heritage and the teaching of good citizenship principles." This award recognizes the work
of Kamrath and AHEF for promotion of good citizenship education, learning, and training and for service to the
nation that is beyond the normal call of good citizenship. Those who have received this special award from the
Society include such notables as President George W. Bush, Frank Buckles (last surviving American soldier of WWI), General William Westmoreland, and entertainer Bob Hope.
AHEF Co-Founder/President Jack Kamrath, SAR Executive Committee Member Bruce Wilcox,
Claudine Kamrath, and AHEF Vice-President/Project Director Angela Kamrath
AHEF National Resource Distribution in Action
AHEF and SAR have partnered and distributed information and educational resources and the America's
Heritage CD nationwide at many educational conferences. AHEF is familiar to some educators, and positive
comments are often heard from those who have received the CD from other sources such as outreach functions.
Teachers say the free American Heritage lesson plan CD is a time-saving tool for lesson planning. They enjoy
historic period-specific information that is time-saving and easy to use in their teaching. Many teachers are
interested in an accurate portrayal of events surrounding the formation of the country. According to SAR
Representative Jack Pitzner, "teachers are always looking for materials that make their life easier. Teachers are
responsible for covering so much material that when we can provide such a great tool such as our CD, it is a
great asset to them." SAR Representative Christos Christou Jr. stated at one conference, "The materials were
great and easily understood. A lot of teachers asked what we were about. Many asked for CDs. A majority of
attendees said they are all about primary sources now and would love to have a resource that contained the
original documents. Many were impressed with the content such as the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of
Independence, the Mayflower Compact, and so on. All loved the one-page lesson plans that could be printed
directly from the CD. They found this very helpful." Many teachers express hope that AHEF will continued to provide resources.
AHEF Representatives Jack Kamrath, Elmer Remke, and Angela Kamrath host AHEF-SAR exhibit.
An SAR Representative presents information about SAR and AHEF.
SAR Representatives Ron Schrouf (left), SAR-OKC
President Michael Sanford (middle), and Pendleton
Woods (right) host an AHEF-SAR exhibit.
KSSSAR former president Barnet Ellis (left), MOSSAR CG Commander Bob Grover (middle), and Fred Kaffenberger
(right) host an AHEF-SAR exhibit. (Photo by Peter Grassl)