2022 History Challenge

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!

2022 History Challenge


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 info@heritageletter.com 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! 

Grab your free 2022 History Challenge HERE!

2022 History Challenge



Watch a Historical Fiction Movie (or show):

There are tons of options for this category!  Here are a few of our favorites:

Beyond the Mask, Little House on the Prairie, National Treasure 1 and 2

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!

Pairs well with letters from: John Chapman, Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, Pony Express Trail

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!

Pairs well with letters from: San Antonio Mission Trail, Fort Ticonderoga, Plimoth Patuxet & the Mayflower

Learn a Historic Song:

Some of our favorites include "The Star Spangled Banner", "Old Folks At Home", "Way Down on the Swanee River", "Oklahoma!" 

Pairs well with letters from: Louis Armstrong, Francis Scott Key, Stephen Foster, Rodgers & Hammerstein

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...

Pairs well with letters from: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren

Go to an Antique Store:

Have fun browsing through old treasures and relics, see what wonders you can find!

Play a Historic Game:

Many of the games we play are "historic"... chess, checkers, jacks, backgammon...  Pick a game you love or a new one to learn and learn about the history of the game too! 

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:

There are so many AMAZING titles for this category!  Some of our recent favorites are Sophia’s War by Avi, Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.

Pairs well with letter from: Laura Ingalls Wilder 

2022 History Challenge

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!

Pairs well with letters from: Robert Fulton, George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Franklin, Orville Wright 

Watch an Old Movie:

Anything John Wayne or older falls in this category!  Bonus points if it's in black and white!

Pairs well with letter from: Rodgers & HammersteinWill Rogers 

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...

Pairs well with letters from: Liberty Bell, Mount Rushmore, San Antonio Mission Trail, Fort Ticonderoga 

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! 

Here are some of our favorites: Hello Dolly!, Annie, Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and Newsies

Pairs well with letters from: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Foster 

Draw a Map of a Historic Exploration:

Trace the route of your favorite explorer!  

Pairs well with letters from: Henry Hudson, William Clark, John Wesley Powell, Pony Express Trail, John Muir 

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!

Pairs well with letters from: Betsy Ross, John James Audubon, Norman Rockwell, Gilbert Stuart

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.

Pairs well with letters from: Norman Rockwell, Gilbert Stuart, John James Audubon 

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!

Pairs well with letters from: Henry Hudson, George Washington Carver (peanut butter!), Laura Ingalls Wilder

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!

US Documents

Pairs well with letters from: Benjamin Franklin, Mercy Otis Warren 

Start a History Journal:

Find a cool journal, or make one yourself!

Pairs well with letters from: William Clark, Anna Botsford Comstock, John Wesley Powell 

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!

Grab your free 2022 History Challenge HERE!

2022 History Challenge


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