Association of the United States Army – AUSA – October 21-23 – coming soon (we hope)

Atlanta, Georgia

AUSA says – we are on!  October 21-23 – we are heading to the Washington Convention Center and will be in Booth 3626!  Plus we are apart of the Family Forum I – on Monday!  It’s video streaming on line and we hope you will check on the for the sign on or link to view.

History Comes Alive! at Caantigny!
History Comes Alive! at Caantigny!


For us it’s all about our new Books -with QR Codes and video on line, and sharing the results of the A Backpack Journalist summer workshops and camps.  Imagine that these military kids attended the workshop and then went out and gathered and researched the topics.  There are thousands of photos on our flickr account, plus we are uploading soon short video clips and movie trailers!

Fossils – we learned alot at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Cantigny & First Division Museum & Robert R. McCormick Museum – The First Amendment and General George Washington & the First Division Museum -Big Red 1 BRO.

Check out our on line store for more information on each of our book titles:

HISTORY COMES ALIVE AT CANTIGNY, Wheaton, Illinois, 48 Pages – a story about Backpackers visit to Cantigny Park and as they spend the day learning about the history of our nation, the first amendment, the lst Division of US Army (Big Red One -BRO) and the life of Robert R. McCormick and the stories about many American heroes who have kept our freedoms safe.

Full color photos and one on one interview with Museum Curators and Staff.  General George Washington escorted the Backpack Reporters as they toured, interviewed and took photos.  A film crew followed the backpackers and all tours and interviews are filmed, video edited for the   Virtual Tour for classroom use.

General George Washington & The Revolutionary War (Resource Packets) – Freedom Express & The First Amendment (Exhibit Guide & Lesson Plans aligned to Common Core/project based learning) –McCormick Museum & Cantigny Park – First Division Museum (Big Red One – 1) & all exhibits – Faces of the Firsts (17 members of the First Division) – The McCormick Research Room – The Collections –Foundation – committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens.”


Front Cover of Nature Storytelling
Front Cover of Nature Storytelling

NATURE STORYTELLING WITH FOSSILS, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  34 Pages – a story about Backpackers visit to the Florissant Fossil Beds, including behind the scenes access to the paleontology lab and the Fossil Demonstration Labs.


Full color photos of fossils found in the paleontology lab, the visitor’s center and one on one interviews and articles.  Reported by Backpack Youth for Youth, and focused on Grade 3 and up.   This is a picture book, with educational content.  An easy read with hands on activities.


Why fossils? It’s the history of our planet and helps us understand better the effect of our environment.  Plus it’s fuel for our imagination and also for our homes and automobiles!  It’s the history of who we are and our ancestors – and much more!

Articles:  The Visitor’s Center – Fossils:  Redwoods, Bugs, Trees, Insects, Leaves, Wildflowers – Paleontology – YURT – Fossil Demonstration Lab – Women of Florissant – Junior Park Rangers – Hornbeck Homestead – Senator Mark Udall Interview – Post to Parks – Resources for Fossil Research and Projects to support student and classroom participation.