David Bruce Smith's Grateful American™ Series

Author and publisher David Bruce Smith is the creator of The Grateful American™ Series, an interactive multimedia program that is focused on restoring enthusiasm for American history in children — and adults, too.

A graduate of The George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in American Literature, and a master’s in journalism from New York University, Smith has spent decades as a real estate executive and the Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher of Crystal City magazine.

He is also the author of 11 books, including his most recent, American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

The Grateful American™ Series includes:

  • The Grateful American™ Radio Show on the Inkandescent Radio Network features interviews about historical figures (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc.) with the chief executives of the nation’s presidential homes, historians, and other experts: InkandescentRadio.com.
  • A TV series on YouTube, public access, and national TV stations.
  • The Grateful American™ Guidebooks: Features insights from the leaders of the presidential homes, and interactive exercises that explore, engage, and help readers develop an interest in American history.
  • The Grateful American™ Events: Dovetails with and promoting the events-in-progress currently going on at each of the nation’s top presidential homes.
  • An interactive website: Students post art, photos, writing, music, and other creative works about what excites them about American history.

Smith’s other books include:

  • In Many Arenas: Writings by Robert H. Smith. This book was a posthumous gift from a son to his father. Jeffersonian in style and detail, it is a compendium of the wise words of Robert H. Smith, 1966-2009.
  • 13 Young Men: How Charles E. Smith Influenced a Community. Charles E. Smith, a builder and philanthropist, believed the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center of the mid-1960s was obsolete. Racial tensions were repelling Jews from going there, and large populations of Jews had already moved to the Maryland suburbs. Smith thought the Center should be relocated to the Maryland suburbs—alongside a Hebrew Home and Jewish Social Service Agency in a unified campus-like setting. Although much of the community did not think the millions of dollars needed to construct such a complex could be raised, Smith did. He taught a community without a philanthropic profile how to raise money, to give generously, and to pass that philosophy onto the succeeding generations.
  • Three Miles From Providence: A Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldier’s Home. In this unique book about Abraham Lincoln the author has created a fictitious veteran of the Mexican-American War who is subsequently asked to guard Lincoln at the White House, and the Soldiers’ Home—the “Camp David” of the times where Lincoln spent one quarter of his presidency, and is believed to have written a draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Told in diary form, “Three Miles from Providence” starts at Lincoln’s inaugural in 1861 and concludes seven generations later in 2008. During the intervening 137 years, the reader learns what happens—and what doesn’t—at the Soldiers’ Cottage. Smith has deftly distinguished each generation by a switch of font.
  • Conversations with Papa Charlie: A Memory of Charles E. Smith. David Bruce Smith offers us this charming memory of his remarkable grandfather—a Russian Jew who immigrated to America in 1911 and built the Charles E. Smith real estate empire. In these pages, you too will feel you are listening to stories about the amazing life of this kindly but business-savvy entrepreneur, and to gentle advice for succeeding in your own life.
  • Afternoon Tea with Mom: with illustrations by Clarice Smith. A gift from a son to his mother, this coffee table sized book, illuminates the art—portraiture, florals and equestrian—of Clarice Smith.
  • Letters to My Children: by Charles E. Smith and David Bruce Smith. These letters are a compendium of a father’s memories and occasional advice to his children. This work also incorporates a genealogy.
  • Building the Community: Memorable event in my life, by Charles E. Smith. This finely bound volume is a partial compilation of Charles E. Smith’s speeches between 1965 and 1987—with editorial by David Bruce Smith. It is a souvenir of remembrance for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond.
  • Continuum: The first collaboration between David Bruce Smith and artist Clarice Smith. Her series of Venetian paintings provided the context for him to write about his mother’s repeatedly enchanted journeys to the “City of Light.”
  • Tennessee: A limited edition, four-color letterpress three-volume collection that contains the first publication—and printing—of Tennessee Williams’s recently discovered play, “These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch.” It is accompanied by “The Glass Menagerie” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

In February 2014, David Bruce Smith launched The Grateful American™ Series. Since then, he has created podcasts and videos at the homes of the nation’s founding fathers, including George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, Lincoln Cottage at Soldier’s Home, and Alexander Hamilton’s The Grange. Learn more about the series here.

  • To listen to the The Grateful American™ Radio Show, click here.
  • Watch all of his videos here.

The Grateful American™ Series: Business Plan

Mission: The Grateful American™ Series is an interactive, multimedia program focused on restoring enthusiasm in American history for children — and adults.

Vision: To work with directors of the Presidential/Founding Father homes, educators, historians, writers, and successful Americans to find out: what makes them “Grateful”, and how they keep history stimulating for their kids, their colleagues, and themselves.

The Grateful American™ Series includes:

  • The Grateful American™ Radio Show on the Inkandescent Radio Network, featuring interviews about historical figures (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc.) with the chief executives of the nation’s presidential homes, historians, and other experts.
  • A TV series on YouTube, public access, and national TV stations.
  • The Grateful American™ Guidebooks: Featuring insights from the leaders of the presidential homes, and interactive exercises that explore, engage, and help readers develop an interest in American history.
  • The Grateful American™ Events: Dovetailing with and promoting the events-in-progress currently going on at each of the nation’s top presidential homes.
  • An interactive website: Here, students will post art, photos, writing, music, and other creative works that share their ideas about what excites them about American history.

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