Famous Moments in Early American History

Short Educational Films of Noteworthy Events

All short educational films in the 'Famous Moments' series highlight true stories of historical significance, providing students of early America with a better understanding of the people, places and events of this important era.

Of added interest for viewers, each film tells its story using scenes and portraits from our collection of Early American Images. Many of the images are primary source documents — engravings, woodcuts and drawings that date back to the early to mid-1800s.

Students and Teachers alike will enjoy these short educational films exploring early American history.

Please visit again as new films continue to be added.

Watch the Ben Franklin Story

The Ben Franklin Story

This man who stood before kings... who helped establish a nation...whose inventions improved the lives of millions... humbly began his last will and testament with the words: "I, Benjamin Franklin, Printer..."

Watch The Life of George Washington

The Life of George Washington

Washington's life — almost from his boyhood — was interwoven with the early history of this country. To understand his life is to understand that history — the important time before and during the founding of The Republic.

 Declaring Independence

Declaring Independence

Now the Americans had a real cause to fight for... a country they could call their own.

Watch Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution

Paul Revere, Messenger of the Revolution

Paul Revere had an illustrious career as an engraver, silversmith, watchmaker and soldier. But above all, we will always remember him as a patriot and folk hero in the name of freedom!

Watch The Shot Heard Around The World

The Shot Heard Around The World

On this day — April 19, 1775 — where "once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard 'round the world," the War for Independence had now begun!

Watch The Treason of Benedict Arnold

The Treason of Benedict Arnold

Leaving a legacy of a name forever after synonymous with "traitor."

The Real Face of George Washington

The Real Face of George Washington

It has been the good fortune of generations ever since — and ours as well — that the sculptor and his model created this important artifact as part of our national heritage, the Real Face of George Washington.

Molly Pitcher, An American Heroine

Molly Pitcher. An American Heroine

My name is Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley....although you know me better as Molly Pitcher. How did I get my name, you ask...and why?