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Founded in 1995, the American Village serves the Nation as an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government by engaging and inspiring citizens, leaders and stewards.

The American Village is a nationally-pioneering classroom and American history and civics education center that engages and inspires 35,000-40,000 students annually from Alabama and Southeastern states in experience-based academic programs related to American history, civics and government.

Students “step into history” and discover the power and drama of America’s journey for independence, liberty, and self-government.

The American Village is embarked on a journey to expand the number of students served on-campus to 100,000 each year, drawing school and youth groups from throughout the Nation.

On the cornerstone of liberty, the American Village educates and inspires young people to:

  • Know America’s history — the stories of our country’s legacy of liberty and those in every generation who have secured it
  • Cherish the ideals of liberty — the founding principles on which our Nation, the Constitution, institutions of American self-government, and our civic responsibilities are based
  • Serve our country as good citizens and leaders — all as stewards of liberty
We invite you and your students to experience the stories of America's journey for independence, liberty and self-government. Step into the scenes of early American history and meet American heroes face to face. Realize the risks, uncertainties, and dramatic events as they unfolded during America's revolutionary decision to declare its independence. The American Village offers an opportunity for your students to become active participants in "Securing the Blessings of Liberty" and leave with a better foundation for good citizenship.

More than a field trip, the American Village educational programs are tied directly to objectives in various states’ courses of study in history, citizenship (civics) and government, as well as graduation standards. Students from every grade level benefit as they participate in experiential learning.    

Unique in its mission to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education, the American Village is an educational experience like no other!