This Week in History

by Brooke Halteman

On Monday morning I walked into School Datebooks carrying a bag of Santa hats, a long tube of bubbles, a pink replica of the Eiffel Tower, red-rimmed safety goggles from the ’40s, and a miniature Christmas tree.

I can’t believe I get paid to do my job. Because it really doesn’t feel like a job at some points.

Here’s a little background: last week, Jon and Leslie pulled me and Leah into the boardroom for an unannounced meeting. I couldn’t figure out why they wanted to talk to us in seclusion, so I figured they were firing us.

Needless to say, I was wrong. Instead, they assigned us the coolest marketing project that has probably ever existed at School Datebooks.

The datebooks that we print every year have fun facts on each page that describe what happened during that week in history. Here is an example from August 21, 1911: “The Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee. It was recovered 27 months later.”

Our mission? Recreate these historical facts in a 6-second Vine video.

Is that not the best thing ever?! Our goal is to have 12 videos done for the next year, but if it were up to me and Leah, we would act out every single one of them. The ingenuity going on back in our little storage-hallway-office is off the charts as we look through the history facts and come up with brilliant costumes and scenes to film.

Being in the storage area and near Jon’s desk is also helpful to find props. Conveniently, Jon has a box of random trinkets such as a miniature baseball bat, a Captain America shield, toy semi-trucks, and a figurine of a Cubs player who is apparently named Woody. That’s just listing a few. I’m not sure how we can incorporate these useless things, but I’m sure we will figure something out.

I would say this is Jon's treasure box, but I'm pretty sure it's just a box of junk that he plays with when he's bored at work.

I would say this is Jon's treasure box, but I'm pretty sure it's just a box of junk that he plays with when he's bored at work.

The first video we filmed was a fact from July 6, 1885: “French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur invented the first rabies vaccine, and uses it first on a 9-year-old boy who was badly bitten by a rabid dog.”

So much potential. So many possibilities. Especially when you find whipped cream in the employee fridge.

Leah -- AKA "rabid dog"

Leah -- AKA "rabid dog"

I think it’s safe to say that the School Datebooks interns had the best “work” day ever on Monday as we filmed a couple Oscar-worthy videos. I know the suspense is killing you to see the finished products, but just have patience – each month the “Interns in History” will be coming to a social media site near you!


Shameless plug – Follow us on Twitter (@schooldatebooks) and Like us on Facebook ( to see when we post these videos! (Because chances are Leah and I have probably already followed you. Read our old blogs to understand if this creeps you out.)