Americans All evolved from national and local projects. Predating Americans
All was a program created by the Coordinating Committee for Ellis Island, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1981. The committee’s program arranged for
bronze sculptures depicting immigration and Ellis Island to be produced and donated to the National Park Service. When
some of these sculptures became part of a traveling exhibit, the committee created the Images of Ellis Island education
materials to place the sculptures and their subject matter in historical context.
Sensing a much greater need, the Committee expanded the project to include a diversity-based emphasis and teacher
training. This led to the development of the Americans All program, which sought to share the contributions of immigrants
to our nation’s growth. Conceived by a team of scholars led by co-developers Dr. Gail C. Christopher and Allan S.
Kullen, the program was funded by individuals and foundations in the late 1980s. It consisted of printed texts, videos,
recordings, period-specific posters and photographs, and simulations and teacher’s guides.
In the 1980s, Americans All received grants from major charitable foundations, including The Hitachi Foundation, The
Sears-Roebuck Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Quaker Oats Foundation and The Procter&Gamble
Fund, as well as from people and businesses that supported its goals. We used these funds to implement the program's pilot
tests in San Diego, Chicago
and Washington, DC, beginning in
1990. We tested the program's registration process in Nevada, New York (Nassau County)
, North Dakota and
Vermont, beginning in 2001.
Our program's materials and name are protected by copyright and trademark registrations. We modified the Americans
All logo in May 2007 to better reflect our activities.
Between 1992 and 1995, Houghton Mifflin Company handled retail sales of the Americans All program resources.
The People of America Foundation, the parent organization of Americans All, was then formed as
a nonstock corporation to manage and grow the program. The foundation received notification of its publicly supported nonprofit
status from the Internal Revenue Service in March 1997. That status was reconfirmed in March 2001.
When national attention shifted to STEM programs, the foundation could not
secure funds to achieve our mission of supporting excellence in K–12 social
studies instruction and promoting civic engagement to help ensure students
are prepared to participate in our nation’s democracy, economy and workforce.
We decided to focus on one of the program’s components to help generate these
funds. Immigrant stories, which were part of the early Americans All program,
would serve as a model for a Heritage Honor Roll that would preserve legacy
stories of individuals and groups in text and through photographs, home movies
and other video and audio mediums. These stories could be updated at any time
and published in multiple languages. A section of the story can now be
password protected to share confidential information, and a unique tool
enables network members to communicate memorial and anniversary announcements.
The People of America Foundation created the Americans All Benefit
Corporation in August 2013 as its marketing and operations arm to raise the
necessary funds to support excellence in K–12 social studies instruction and
promote civic engagement. The benefit corporation created a membership-based
Social Legacy Network to pursue these activities. In addition, it expanded the
Americans All education resources to include electronically distributed texts on
more ethnic and cultural groups. It also plans to create state- and
grade-level-specific resource databases with information that supports state
social studies content standards and develop Web-based professional
development opportunities that impart best practices for using these and
other resources. The benefit corporation also added e-newsletters to
distribute information on legacy preservation and social studies education
as well as life lessons and money-saving tips.
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