Here’s where you’ll enjoy the oddities and ironies  of history.   Your guide is Bruce Kauffmann, who worked at CBS as Dan Rather’s top radio writer and speechwriter before launching his syndicated newspaper column, “Bruce’s History Lessons,” which runs weekly in newspapers across the country.  Every week Bruce picks a historic event that occurred that week in history and writes about it in a short (just 450 words), entertaining and informative manner.

The result has been a new interest in history among readers of all ages and interests, especially among teachers who read the column in their newspapers. As Jean J. DiGiacomo, a teacher in Reading, Pa., put it, “Bruce, I want to thank you for the wonderful column you write.  I teach American history and often use your column in my classroom.  I find that your articles hold the attention of the students because they are written at a level they understand, are concise and interesting to read.  I love that you not only give the facts but tie the story to the culture of the time.”

Why signing the Declaration of Independence was so courageous.

If your local paper does not carry Bruce’s columns, tell the editors they should.  But you can read them every week simply by visiting this blog.  And if you want an automatic reminder every time a new column is posted, please sign up today by entering your email address in the space provided on the right and clicking “Subscribe.”

What editors and famous journalists say
An Ohio editor says her best decision in 12 months may have been to run History Lessons. A grateful reader wrote Bruce, “You gave 100 details in less than 500 words! And no filler. What a gift!”  And former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and well-known columnist and pundit Cal Thomas also weigh in!

Invite Bruce to speak or be interviewed
Bruce has lectured on historic topics before audiences of every type – high schools, colleges, civic groups, senior citizens organizations, and more, including the National Security Fellows at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Read more by clicking on the above link.