Embark on a Star-Spangled Summer Adventure!
This summer marks the 200th anniversary of some profound American history, such as the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, and the burning of Washington, including the torching of the White House, the Capitol, and the loss of thousands of irreplaceable volumes from the original Library of Congress.
I wrote my Free Men and Dreamers series to commemorate this great history, but sadly, budget cuts have forced the cancellation of many events planned to mark these poignant events.
So families, it will soon be time to hit the road and create your own Star-Spangled Summer Adventure! You visit local, state, or federal landmarks with your family, and we’ll provide some added incentive.
Here’s how you can enter:
1. Visit five American historical landmarks, (even local landmarks count), between Flag Day, June 14th, and Defender’s Day, September 12th.
2. Email photos of your family standing in front of a sign or building indicating where you went. Use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional entries will be awarded for those who promote the SSSA by posting the official badge and link on your blog, Facebook page, or on Twitter. Additional entries can also be earned by submitting a brief, (250 words or less), testimonial recounting your experience on a leg of your “Star-Spangled Adventure.” These will be posted on my blog over the summer.
One family will be selected to win the prize package on September 13th. Prizes are still coming in, but the package now includes a Vivitar Digital Video Recorder; a $50 gift card to Bed, Bath, and Beyond; a commemorative set of the Charters of Freedom, suitable for framing; an autographed 5-volume set of Free Men and Dreamers, and other autographed books from authors in a variety of genres to keep your family reading all fall.
The promotion will launch on June 14th with Rafflecopter links where you can check off your participation. Check back as we near that date.
So make plans to hit the road this summer, and let us see what great American history you find!