Are you ready to learn more history in 2022? We sure are!
Our 2022 Heritage Letter History Challenge will have you LEARNING AND LOVING HISTORY more this year! This year's challenge is a BINGO Challenge! It's a bit of a Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge in that you can make it as short and sweet or as involved as you want. So have a look and see if you want to go for 5-IN-A-ROW or do the whole challenge and go for a BLACKOUT!
To sweeten the pot a bit we're doing something new that we've never done before...we're offering REWARDS for completing the history challenge!
Here's how the rewards will work....
-For every one who completes a 5-IN-A-ROW we'll send you out a FREE digital retired letter of your choosing from either our Heritage Letters or our American Heritage Adventure Letters!
-For everyone who completes a BLACKOUT, we'll send you out a FREE retired letter of your choosing from either our Heritage Letters or our American Heritage Adventure Letters AND we'll enter you in a GIVEAWAY to win an entire year of Heritage Letters!
To claim your prize, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of your completed BINGO card and which letter you would like us to send you along with your email address for 5-in-a-Row or mailing info for Blackouts.
To help you with the challenge, please look through our ideas below and we'll be sure to send out emails this year checking to see how you're doing with the challenge and offering more ideas. We've also added information about which of our Heritage Letters and American Heritage Adventure Letters pair well with the various challenges You can access this information at any time using the QR Code on your Bingo Sheet!
2022 HISTORY CHALLENGE GUIDE
Watch a Historical Fiction Movie (or show):
There are tons of options for this category! Here are a few of our favorites:
Pairs well with letter from: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Learn about a Folk Hero:
Nothing lends itself to an enjoyable history lesson like a great story! Our American folk heroes entertain, inspire, and educate us in remarkable ways!
Go to a Live Reenactment:
This one is super fun! There are sure to be reenactments at local forts and other historic locations near you. To find them give your state historical society a call or check out their website, they're sure to have loads of events to tell you about!
Learn a Historic Song:
Some of our favorites include "The Star Spangled Banner", "Old Folks At Home", "Way Down on the Swanee River", "Oklahoma!"
Read a Historical Author:
There MANY truly inspiring historical authors and poets to read. Here are a few of our favorites: Robert Lewis Stevenson, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, E. B. White, L.M. Montgomery, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...
Go to an Antique Store:
Have fun browsing through old treasures and relics, see what wonders you can find!
Play a Historic Game:
Pairs well with letter from: Plimoth Patuxet and the Mayflower
Watch a History Documentary:
Take the time period you're studying and see if you can find a great documentary about it!
Study your State’s History:
Study the people and places that make your state unique! Visit a state or local history museum or historical home. Read a book about your state or learn about when your state became a state in the USA!
Read a Historical Fiction Novel:
Pairs well with letter from: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Read a Biography:
Find a biography on your favorite historical figure and enjoy learning about him/her. Some of our favorite biographical authors include Jean Fritz, Ingri & Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, the Who Was...? Books
Pairs well with letter from: Helen Keller
Recreate your Favorite Invention:
Find an invention that fascinates you, and let your imagination soar! Learn about the history of the invention and make your own replica!
Watch an Old Movie:
Anything John Wayne or older falls in this category! Bonus points if it's in black and white!
Visit a Historic Location:
Visit a historic home, monument, trail, or fort. Pay attention to the types of materials used in the construction of the buildings; the colors and types of fabrics used in draperies, paint, and wallpapers; the architectural styles...
Watch an Old Musical:
Song and dance, history and romance, laughter and learning. Old Musicals have it all and will fill your home with songs and laughter!
Draw a Map of a Historic Exploration:
Trace the route of your favorite explorer!
Research a Historic Figure:
Choose someone in history and research his/her life. Check out any of our retired Heritage Letters and see if there's anyone you’d like to study!
Learn a Historic Skill:
Have fun with this! Knitting, weaving, embroidery, drawing, painting, knot tying, cooking...it's all historic, but can still be loads of fun today!
Recreate a Historic Painting:
Have fun posing and dressing like the subjects in a historic painting and take a picture or try your hand at replicating the painting onto your own canvas.
Cook a Historic Food:
Hard tack, cornbread, turkey and dressing, apple pie...this is the tasty part of our challenge! For ideas and a bit about the history of some great dishes check out the Townsends YouTube channel for help with this one, they have videos many 18th Century American recipes with helpful tutorials!
Read a Historic Document:
Grab a copy of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights ,US Constitution, Articles of Confederation, or your state constitution and give it a read! If you don't already have a copy of our US documents, here's a fun set that includes the Declaration, Bill Of Rights, Constitution, and Amendments!
Start a History Journal:
Find a cool journal, or make one yourself!
Go to a History Museum:
Visit a local history museum or sneak one from another area into a vacation and have fun learning about the past!
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