Updated May 19, 2015

Welcome to Mr. Kash's History Page at MrKash.com. I am a history teacher at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, California. I have designed this website to be used by history students and teachers interested in exploring the Internet as part of their studies. The Parents section provides parents access to what students are doing in my class on a daily basis. The site is frequently updated to highlight the celebrations and events of the month. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn something. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions at jkash@mrkash.com.


May Holidays and Events


May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific Heritage Month from Infoplease.com
Asian/Pacific Heritage Month Lesson plans

May Day was a festive holy day celebrating the first spring planting. Our modern celebration of May Day honors the working class and the struggle for the rights of the working class everywhere.
History of May Day
May Day from Wikipedia

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War. It is not Mexico's independence day, as is commonly believed. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
History of Cinco de Mayo
How Cindo de Mayo Works

Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. In the United States it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."
Mother's Day on the Net

Mother’s Day History

Jamestown Founded

On May 13, 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America was founded. A group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia's James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World. The community suffered terrible hardships in its early years, but managed to endure, earning the distinction of being America's first permanent English colony.
Jamestown History
The Jamestown Online Adventure Game

Lewis and Clark Expedition

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, bought the Louisiana territory from Napoleon of France for 15 million dollars. This purchase doubled the size of the United States. President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to explore this new territory. The Expedition sets off from Camp Dubois “under a jentle brease,” on May 14, 1804. Learn more below.
PBS: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
National Geographic: Lewis and Clark
Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark
The Lewis and Clark Adventure

Brown v. Board of Education

On May 17, 1954, in a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.
Brown v. Board of Education

Blue Jeans are Born

On May 20, 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world's most famous garments: blue jeans
Levi Strauss - The History of Blue Jeans
Blue Jeans are Born

Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Memorial Day will be on May 25th this year.
U.S. Memorial Day History and Information
Memorial Day History


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