“This engaging, well-researched, and at times suspenseful book explains the history of the American Revolution, focusing on the decisive battle at Yorktown, Virginia… History enthusiasts and those interested in freedom struggles will enjoy this.” Booklist

“The entire work is well written and expertly illustrated with maps, paintings, letters, broadsides, diary entries, and other primary sources.” School Library Journal

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“A page-turning narrative…Generous archival illustrations and the rich and varied backmatter make this a boon for fledgling historians. A well-researched and spirited slice of history.” Kirkus Reviews

“Beautiful full-color photographs and artwork bring this story to life. . . This is a great addition to collections where American history is a hot item.” School Library Journal


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“The title is a good shorthand for Tim Grove’s argument that quirky, accessible, emotionally evocative historical artifacts can fire the imagination and kindle the flames of knowledge in a way that books, however lively, often fail to…Grove’s book is both an inspiration and a template for those who want to kick history out of the attic and put it back where it belongs: in the national living room, slightly to the left of the television.” Washington Post

“Tim Grove has combined a thought-provoking and entertaining memoir with an insider’s guide to behind-the-scenes history.”
—Libby H. O’Connell, chief historian, History Channel

“I guarantee that whether you are a history buff, a history scholar, or an
‘I hate history’ Scrooge, you will love this book.”
—Robert K. Sutton, chief historian, National Park Service

“Touches of American history, up close and personal, from an educator’s scrapbook…A practitioner of ‘living history’ recounts, among odd bits of America’s past, some of his life story so far.” Kirkus Reviews

“One of Grove’s strengths is that he writes from a quite varied experience. Besides the historical events already mentioned, Grove writes about the beginnings of airmail, the Star-Spangled Banner, buffalo hunting, the space shuttle, and more, tying all those aspects of history into his own experiences with exhibits or museum programs relating to the topic in question.” Washington Independent Review of Books

“This semiautobiographical journey of a versatile, peregrinating public historian is instructive and inspirational for museum docents; informative for history buffs, especially those interested in the background of educational institutions outside the academy; and helpful for administrators of public programs. All readers will appreciate the author’s learning techniques for eliciting questions, sparking the imagination, and promoting transcultural understanding, as well as his acknowledgement of cultural sensitivity, multiple perspectives, and changing interpretations.” Library Journal

“The real purpose of this book is not to act as a memoir or stand-in for a history book– it wants the reader to step into the world and engage with history. The book is an invitation for further exploration — a guidebook that suggests not just possible sites to visit and explore, but ways in which to think about what’s presented.” Wapsipinicon Almanac

“They [the stories Grove tells] all helped shape an impressive museum professional, one with formal training, keen powers of observation, a spirit of inquiry, a joyful enthusiasm for history, a willingness to critically assess the historical record, and the ability to work collaboratively. The fact that he [Grove] can tell us about history and himself with gentle wit doesn’t hurt, either.” Illinois Heritage Association


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“Besides the detailed narrative that reads more like an action thriller than a historical account, the book is filled with fascinating archival images from the remarkable feat and maps tracking the adventure. Young readers, as well as adults, will find this history of a little-known moment of global proportions to be an exceptional read.” Parents’ Choice Awards

“It’s a grand tale, set handsomely here amid sheaves of maps, short journal passages and contemporary photos. A high spot in aviation history, particularly noteworthy for the rugged perseverance of those who achieved it.” Kirkus Reviews

“Offering a look at a lesser-known historical event, this beautiful,
well-written book is an essential addition for all collections.”
School Library Journal

“Tim Grove has written this story the way Disney makes animated movies — his book appeals to children as well as adults. Never getting mired in detail, Grove’s approach is perfect for learning of this remarkable adventure and for insight into worlds which no longer exist…First Flight Around the World is well written, well crafted, and well worth purchasing.” 

“A solid choice for young aviation history buffs.” Publishers Weekly

“The plethora of historical photos, maps, primary documents, and accounts from the flight crew about their experiences, laid out on eye-catching pages, help enliven the story of this incredible feat…kids interested in all things aviation related will likely be enthralled.” Booklist

“Grove, as Chief of Museum Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, knows how to bring together components to make this a learning experience for youth. This title deserves a place in most library collections.” Christian Library Journal

“This historically accurate, incredibly funny and inspiring story shares the power of perseverance and the wonder of the world.” Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences 


9781419720031“Period photographs, illustrations, and documents complement a crisply written and informative look at the past and present of flight, with glimpses of its future.” Publisher’s Weekly

“In the exquisitely designed Milestones of Flight, chock-full of illustrations from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s collection, the major events in the history of aviation are covered in thrilling detail.. This engaging treasury is packed with facts, photos, anecdotes and aviation history.”

“…handsomely produced survey that should be popular with readers who have their eyes on the skies.” School Library Journal

“Profusely illustrated with objects from the Smithsonian’s collection, Milestones of Flight provides a truly inspiring survey of America’s contributions to aviation.” Midwest Book Review


mem-edition-2-cover-e1509931948146“This practical book’s strength lies in its diversity and pragmatic tone. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds–history museums, botanical societies, and art institutions–the many professionals who contributed to it have the singular focus of assisting practitioners to educate their visitors, while acknowledging the vast range of different audiences. Scattered throughout the text are sidebar accounts from practitioners that offer context and a point of view, providing breadth and sharing experiences. Most significantly, it contains a treasure trove of sample forms to use: surveys, volunteer logs, planning charts, and more. For those offerings alone, this manual is crucial for museum educators. Highly recommended… CHOICE, August 2009

“A 360-degree view of what museum educators do day to day, as described by professionals with deep and broad experience. Whether you’re a novice or veteran in the field, this book will enrich your practice.
—Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies