It's Time to Have a Making of America Seminar in Your Area

Once in a while someone will ask me how I got started teaching the Constitution. My answer is simple. I tell them that a good friend invited my wife and I to a seminar. That did it. We felt the spirit of America and its Founders so strongly that we determined we had to help in some way, so we told the people in charge we wanted to host a seminar in the area where we live. As they say, the rest is history.

The Making of America Seminar Evokes a Spirit of Commitment and Direction

Over the years, we have held seminars in many different places: schools, libraries, business meeting rooms, churches, homes, college campuses, city convention centers, etc. No matter the setting, when good people come together in the spirit of learning-people who sense that something is terribly amiss in America and they are seeking to know if there are better answers-a sense of peace and hope pervades the room as the story of the Founders' message is unfolded to them.

I have tried to make special note of the reaction of people throughout the years and I can almost predict what will happen. For example:

  • In Libby, Montana, we were discussing the Founders' principle that public officials only have the right to do what the people have legitimately authorized them to do, and the people can only authorize something that they have authority to do themselves. This principle alone, if followed, would eliminate over half of all proposed laws which are swamping our legislative bodies. One man came up to me during the break and said there are about ten state legislators in attendance and this is the first time they had heard such doctrine. It so impressed them that they were talking of having the whole legislature go through this course.

  • In Tyler, Texas, an attorney came up to me on the break and enthusiastically said he had learned more about the Constitution today than during all three years of law school.

  • A home schooling group in Scottsdale, Arizona, suggested this be a regular course of study each year for their older students.

  • A Baptist minister in Texas was so impressed with the Founders' story that he invited us back later and we held the seminar in his church to which every member of the congregation was invited-and many of them came.

  • The host for a seminar near Detroit, Michigan, was so impressed that he immediately booked another seminar for a month later and took advantage of the enthusiasm of those who attended the first to fill up the second.

  • A Republican Club north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted a seminar as part of its education efforts and suggested this seminar to be a regular annual event.

  • At a seminar in Boston, Massachusetts, seven different states were represented and from that, several seminars were planned to be held in each of the other states.

  • At a recent seminar in Mesa, Arizona, a couple flew in from a neighboring state just to be in attendance and have since begun making plans to host us in the country of Latvia, where they will be soon going for several months. They said these people definitely must hear this freedom story.

  • A supporter in Las Vegas, Nevada, strongly urged all of his many employees to attend a Saturday seminar which was held in a large beautiful meeting room in his place of business.

Here are some other typical reactions at our seminars which occur nearly every time:

  • I wasn't going to come but I am sure glad I did. I did not realize the answers to America's problems were so simple.

  • I have been floundering in my understanding of the events of the day because I did not know where to turn. This has been miraculous for me today.

  • I wish I would have made my husband come. I know he would have enjoyed this.

  • NCCS has made the Founders' story so easy to understand and so economical to have in our home. From now on, our family will be into this much more!

What do we do at a Making of America seminar?

Here is the general outline and timing of our one-day Making of America seminar:

8:30am-11:30am - "Developing America's Great Success Formula"

This is the exciting exploration which Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Washington and others made in order to rediscover the key to the creation of the first free nation in modern times. We trace their adventure from 1400 B.C. to A.D. 1787

12:00-12:45pm - Lunch break

12:45pm-4:30pm - "The Perfect Plan of Liberty"

A refreshing look at the solid political and economic principles from the preamble through the amendments to the Constitution. You learn perhaps for the first time, how nearly every problem in America today can be solved by restoring these successful concepts.

Each participant is given a 135-page study guide. Here are the notes for the entire seminar! Dr. Skousen explained his proven method of teaching a lot of material in a short period of time so that the students can remember it. He said:

"Notice that you have to help write this study guide. Nearly every major point has a word missing. You have to fill in the blank as you go along.

"Did you know that if you just listen to the presentation, you might enjoy it, but when it is all over you will only be able to recall 2 to 3 percent of it. Now you know the reason for the blanks. They keep you alert and help emphasize each point as you fill in the words. If you faithfully follow the outline and fill in each blank as you go along, you will find that you can refresh your memory from this study outline and come out with a total recall of approximately 75 percent! This is called 'programmed learning.' It is one of the most efficient ways to study we have found."

What are the procedures in hosting a seminar?

(These may be found on our website under Host a NCCS Seminar)

  1. Pick a Saturday sometime in the future, usually 2-4 months out, when you can assemble a group of people.

  2. Confirm a date with Earl Taylor, Jr. who will be the seminar instructor. Home: 480-832-6326, Work 480-969-5641, email etaylor@mstar.net. (I use a safe-sender list, so please indicate "MOA seminar" in the title of the email)

  3. Form a committee of several dedicated people, each of whom will commit to bring people to the seminar.

  4. Immediately begin to invite and commit people to come. Experience has shown that seminars are successful when commitments are made in advance on a one-on-one basis. Institutional advertising such as flyers, media advertising, announcements in other meetings are only marginally successful.

  5. You may use our Making of America seminar flyer (on our website) any way you like or make one of your own.

  6. Each person should have a Study Guide, which can be purchased at the seminar for $5.00

  7. Please contact Earl Taylor Jr., and we will plan together for an event in your area.

Can I really do this?

If you are wondering whether or not you would be successful in hosting a seminar, maybe one or more of these questions will help you formulate an idea:

  1. Can you get your own family and several families to join you in having an Honor America Day?

  2. Do you belong to an organization, either political, social, service, business, religious, community, etc., which will help sponsor a seminar as an activity for the month?

  3. Do you work for a business whose owner you may interest in a non-partisan day-long seminar on America?

  4. Do you belong to a political party which has education as one of its activities and would agree to host a seminar for its workers?

  5. Would a seminar be of help to your minister or pastor in teaching his congregation about God's hand in the Founding of America?

  6. Do you belong to a home school group which is always looking for interesting ways to teach American history?

  7. Do your children attend a school which would sponsor a Making of America seminar?

Sometimes it is helpful to gather a group together in advance of the seminar to explain what we are doing and to motivate them to help. If you feel this is necessary and if we can arrange to be there, perhaps an evening meeting would be a first step in your area.

If we begin with faith, and do the work, they will come

Nearly everyone associated with this work began by attending a seminar. It is a life-changing experience for most. Those who come will thank you for your persistence in arranging the seminar and getting them to attend.

One of the many things I have learned from Dr. Skousen is that we should teach all audiences, large or small. Of course, we would like to teach hundreds or even thousands at a time, but our work is the work of the Founders-to convert individual souls to freedom. I have seem Dr. Skousen teach a seminar with only a small group, but out of those few came some pretty influential ones who helped the work progress for years to come. If you will commit to doing all you can to host a seminar in your area, I am convinced your work will be rewarded more than you will ever think possible. It is a truism that a very large ship can be controlled, even during a storm, by a very small rudder.

Remember the Encouragement from our Founders

"A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing.than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?" - George Washington

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.... They have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge -- I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers." - John Adams

Let us hear from you about your ideas and desires to hold a seminar in your area. We will devote whatever time is necessary to help you in this most worthy endeavor.

Sincerely,

 

Earl Taylor, Jr.