Louis Brandeis became the first Jew to be appointed to the Supreme Court in 1916. An Associate Justice, he served from 1916 to 1939. Before he became a Supreme Court Justice, he often took law cases for causes that were important to him. Many times he took no pay for these cases. He was called the “People’s Lawyer.” Children can learn more at: Louis Brandeis.
National Park Service was created in 1916. Today the service manages 380 national parks, national monuments, or national historic sites. According to USA Today, 279 million people visited the national parks in 2011. Children can learn more at: National Park Service. The website states that 49 states have some form of national park service site. Which state does not have a national park, national monument, or national historic site?
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916. The area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the active volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Children can visit the park’s website at: http://www.nps.gov/havo.
Lassen Volcanic National Park was created in California in 1916. Lassen Peak and Cinder Cone National Monument, founded in 1907, and other lands were united to form one national park. The park contains all four types of volcanoes (lava, cinder, composite, and shield). Children could visit the park’s website at: national parks. They could learn about volcanoes in general at: volcanoes. Then they could draw illustrations of the four different kinds of volcanoes.
National Park Service celebrates its birthday; it was created in 1916. Congress created the government agency through the National Park Service Organic Act. A part of the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service supervises 401 locations, with 59 of those sites national parks. Over 280 million people visit the national parks each year. Children could visit the National Park’s website, particularly the kids section (WebRangers) at: http://www.nps.gov.
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives in 1916. A Republican from Montana, she served two different times, from 1917 to 1919 and from 1941 to 1943. A pacifist, she voted against the United States entering both World War I and World War II. Children could read a good biography, Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer by Gretchen Woelfle.