This photo from the Library of Congress shows the delivery of two turkeys to President Herbert Hoover in 1929. According to White House History, the tradition of sending a Thanksgiving turkey to the President goes back many years. John F. Kennedy was the first President to pardon a turkey. A pardon means showing leniency, in other words, he didn't eat it! Pardoning the turkey eventually became an annual event for every President. You might wonder what happened to all those pardoned turkeys? They have gone to several different places including George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Disney World!
There have been a lot of Presidents, more than 40, so there are a lot of oddball traditions and just plain funny stories about their quirky habits. There are even more stories about their pet projects and special accomplishments. Check out some of these books to find out behind-the-scenes stories that probably won't make it on your social studies test!
Unique often equals funny! All the astonishing accomplishments and silly details fit to print about which President sang with his pet parrot, which one took dancing lessons, which one got a speeding ticket on a horse, which one got stuck in a bathtub, and which one ran down Pennsylvania Avenue (the street in front of the White House) chasing after a goat! Hint: the goat story is about the President from Indiana!
The story of the little boy from Scranton, Pennsylvania who grew up, moved to Wilmington, Delaware and at the age of twenty-nine became the youngest United States Senators ever elected. In 2021 he became th oldest person ever sworn in as president at 78 years-old.
Teresa Carreño loved to play the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share her happiness. While still a little girl she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. When she got here, there was fighting here, too--the Civil War, but she still played and she was really good, so good President Abraham Lincoln wanted her to play at the White House!
The story of the 39th President, and Nobel Prize winner Jimmy Carter and his years spent building homes through Habitat for Humanity.