Dave Stotts And The Amazing Show Drive Thru History: In this episode, we talk with Dave Stotts about his show Drive Thru History and how it is making history more relatable and fun to learn!  Hear about the curriculum package you can use in your education regardless of what grade and regardless of whether you’re in homeschool, private school, public school, or even if you’re out of school. Tune in now to hear more!

Air Date: 04/24/2017


Guests: Dave Stotts, David Barton, Rick Green, and Tim Barton


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Welcome

Rick:

Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture.  This is WallBuilders Live! Where we’re talking about these hottest topics on policy, faith, all kind of things from across the culture, but always looking at it from Biblical, historical, and constitutional perspective.

We’re here with David Barton, America’s premiere historian and the founder of WallBuilders. Also, Tim Barton, national speaker, pastor, and president of WallBuilders. And my name’s Rick Green. I’m a former Texas state rep. Find out more about us and the organization at our websites WallBuilders.com and WallBuildersLive.com

A Wise Teacher Makes Learning A Joy

David, Tim, one of the things I have always enjoyed about WallBuilders, in fact, until somebody gave me an old cassette tape of you, David-

David:

A cassette? What is a cassette?

Rick:

Back then, I hated history.  It was boring.  It was memorizing dates and places, and it just had no appeal to me, whatsoever. But you brought it to life.  You made it fun to listen to. When you’d tell those stories even on that little cassette player. Driving down the road in my truck you’d tell those stories and I could I could see it.  It was like you transported me back to that history. So it makes a big difference.

Making History Fun

When you teach things in a fun way and you make it enjoyable.  In fact, remember you quoting on a program recently something about the teacher making the learning fun. I can’t remember exactly what the quote was but it was perfect. I’m just thinking, “If we would do that in classrooms more often students would be willing to learn and would remember what they’re learning about history.”

David:

Yeah, it’s Proverbs 13, I think it’s verse two. It says “A wise teacher makes learning a joy.”

Rick:

There you go.

David:

Now, you can take that as a litmus test to say, “If I didn’t enjoy history maybe I didn’t have a very good teacher.” But history, there is no way if you actually read and get into history, there’s no way that it’s not fun and it’s not enthralling. If we could personally meet face to face with some of these guys that we have in books, if you could personally meet George Washington, if you could personally meet President Abraham Lincoln, or whoever, you would think they’re really cool guys to hang with.

Tim:

Let me point out, they would be really cool to hang with if they told us the stories about the adventures from their life. If he said, “On this day I did this, on this day I did this, on this day, and this day, and this day, and this day, and this time.” Ok, this has just become very boring. Because days and times are not as significant as the stories, the lessons, the adventures, the character, and the nature.

Even as we talk about that the notion from Proverbs that a wise teacher makes learning a joy. Well, part of how you make it is you instill creativity as you bring these stories to life. I often even think about the Bible.  There are so many Bible stories that I can tell. But I couldn’t tell you what date they happened.

David:

The Bible doesn’t tell you. Tell me what month, what year, and what geographic location David slew Goliath?

Tim:

Well, now, geographic location we might could do it.

David:

You get the Valley of Elah.

Tim:

Right-

David:

But that’s a big valley.

Tim:

Well, there’s no doubt. But, in essence, you do have some keys but it’s really to give you a mental picture of what you’re looking at. Again, it’s not the dates and times but you’re learning the story. You can almost feel and envision as he’s picking the stones and he goes out and the taunting that happens back and forth. Then he actually runs at the Giant. But it’s a story that you fall in love with.

So, if we talk to George Washington, I would say, “Ok, I want to know your favorite battle story. Was it from the French and Indian War? Was it the Revolution? What is your favorite battle story?” And I just want to hear his stories and I could be riveted for weeks if he could keep telling me stories. But that’s what we don’t know anymore.

David:

That’s one of the cool things. And by the way, I looked it up and it’s Proverbs 15:2 that says, “A wise teacher makes learning a joy.” But that’s what you’re talking about, Tim.  It’s what we do when we have the veterans’ interviews. From time to time we have veterans’ interviews. You get those guys talking about what happened in World War II and what they remember-

Rick:

It brings it to life-

David:

Yeah, it comes to life. Actually, we’ve had a number of emails from family members who said, “Man, we’d never heard those stories before. That was cool for us listening to them on the phone talking about it. And you’re right, when you can turn history into storytelling, based on truth not making stuff up, it completely changes the way you apply it and learn it.

Rick:

One of the best guys at that this is Dave Stotts.  For folks that haven’t ever seen Drive Thru History. It is a blast. It’s fun, it’s entertaining.  He’s funny, but he actually takes you to the locations.  The graphics, I mean, everything’s just done really well.

You can find out for more information when you go to WallBuilders.com today.  And we’ll have some links so you can learn more about Drive Thru History. But it’s just phenomenal. And I don’t know about you guys, as you travel the country and speak as well.

But people come to the table and ask me about Drive Thru History like, “Hey, I saw this on TV and this guy-” And it actually got them interested enough to then come and find out how they can learn more. So, we’re going to tell you how to learn more.  When you come back we’re going to have Dave Stotts actually with us later in the program.

They’ve got a new package on Drive Thru History, actually curriculum package.  You can use this in your education regardless of what grade and regardless of whether your homeschool, private school, public school, or even if you’re out of school.

So stay with us. Dave Stotts later in the program.  We’ll be back in a moment on WallBuilders Live!

Moment From American History

This is Tim Barton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. After the final victory at Yorktown, the Continental Army awaited the outcome of peace negotiations with Great Britain.

Pastor Israel Evans, a chaplain in the army, proposed to George Washington that they build a structure where church services can be held during the months of waiting. Washington approved the plan and urges officers to ensure that the soldiers attend that service.

Pastor Evans further knew if we were to secure the liberties they had fought for, sound education would be crucial.

He declared, “Every parent and every friend to the freedom of his country ought to be attentive to the improvement of our youth and the principles of freedom and good government. And then the people will stand fast in their liberty for a long time.”

Our schools today need to return to teaching the principles of freedom and good government in order for America to survive and prosper. For more information about Pastor Israel Evans and other colonial Patriots go to WallBuilders.com

By The Time I Was 13 I’d Been To All 50 States

Rick:

Welcome back.  Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live. We’re talking about bringing history to life. Dave Stott’s Drive Thru History is the one we’re highlighting today. He’ll be with us a little bit later in the program. I’ll tell you, I’ve really enjoyed Drive Thru History not only for myself but my kids as well. But you learn a lot in that program.

Tim:

You really do learn a lot and it’s fun. When I was growing up, our family we traveled all over the United States. By the time I was 13 I’d been to all 50 states. We just saw so much of the country and your kids have enjoyed some of those very similar experiences that I enjoyed growing up. But we went to the Mount Vernon, and Williamsburg, and Jamestown, and all these places. I mean, Gettysburg where history actually happened. But I even forgot some of the places that we had been. But then watching as Dave Stotts goes on location and as he travels and he’s revealing the stories and telling the stories I remember-

David:

And by the way, he is a blast the way he tells them because it’s not like a formal professor standing behind a lectern and talking to you. He dresses up the part.  He walks onto the thing, and it’s even fun to watch in the videos of the people around him as he goes in and they go, “Who is this guy?” I love it.

He does the Ben Franklin thing, and you know, Ben Franklin invented the flippers for swimming. And so he’s walking there through Philadelphia with these flippers on going down the sidewalk and people are like, “What?”  It’s just hilarious, but it is so much fun for him to tell these stories.

Bringing History Back To Life

Tim:

He does have a great sense of humor which definitely comes out in these episodes. But it’s something that you get to feel like you are there.  You experience it.  The story really comes to life. And especially since I had done that as a kid but haven’t been back in decades and I don’t remember so much of what we got to do but watching it brings it all back to life.

So whether I’ve been or not it was something I can look and go, “Man, that’s incredible, so fun!” And it does make the stories really relate a lot better when you can see where those things actually happened.

David:

And this is a curriculum kind of for kids but I kept finding all the adults watching it. Because it is just fun stuff and it doesn’t matter what age you are. And that’s a cool thing about the stories in the Bible. I don’t care how old you are, everybody likes David and Goliath and they like Daniel in the lion’s den. And maybe it was a Sunday school story but you can be 70 years old and still love that story.

So when you start a storytelling history it really transcends age and it becomes really captivating. And since so many adults went through school at a time where history did not do storytelling.  We did as Tim pointed out, dates and names and places, the adults get really enthralled with this stuff as well because it has a lot of fun to watch and see history from a storytelling standpoint.

Rick:

And he does these other ones too where he goes and does world history and all kinds of things. But this particular one they’ve actually repackaged and done a curriculum booklet to go with it.

A lot of times I tell people to watch it because if you’re not going to get to go visit these locations this is a chance for you to go visit them. It’s just like when we do it in Chasing American Legends. It’s a chance for you to go and see it through someone else’s eyes and be educated. Most people don’t get the chance, especially all the places he went. Where he went he even went to Europe. We’re going to talk a little bit about that. But I mean, the first few episodes he’s taking you over there to the very beginning, well not the very beginning I guess you’d have to go way back for that. But, in terms of-

David:

He went to the Garden of Eden and interviewed Adam and Eve.

Tim:

Which actually was difficult because we’ve been looking for that place for a while.  

Rick:

That’s the behind the scenes video, though, you’ve got to get that special order. Alright, well, Dave Stotts is actually with us today so stay with us. You’re going to hear from Dave Stotts today!  You’re going to get to hear Dave Stotts about Drive Thru History right here on WallBuilders Live!

Bring A Speaker To Your Area

Tim:

Hey, this is Tim Barton with WallBuilders.  And as you’ve had the opportunity to listen to WallBuilders Live, you’ve probably heard a wealth of information about our nation, about our spiritual heritage, about the religious liberties, and about all the things that make America exceptional. And you might be thinking, “As incredible as this information is, I wish there was a way that I could get one of the WallBuilders guys to come to my area and share with my group.”

Whether it be a church, whether it be a Christian school, or public school, or some political event, or activity, if you’re interested in having a WallBuilders speaker come to your area, you can get on our website at www.WallBuilders.com and there’s a tab for scheduling. If you’ll click on that tab, you’ll notice there’s a list of information from speakers bio’s, to events that are already going on. And there’s a section where you can request an event, to bring this information about who we are, where we came from, our religious liberties, and freedoms. Go to the WallBuilders website and bring a speaker to your area.

Drive Thru History

Rick:

Welcome back to WallBuilders Live! Thanks for staying with us today! Dave Stotts with us from Drive Thru History. Dave, always good to have you! Thanks for coming back on.

Dave:

Thank you, Rick! It’s nice to be with you today.

Rick:

Hey, our family loves Drive Thru History.  My kids have all learned a ton. I’ve learned a ton.  It’s just good fun entertaining but good material in there. So thank you for doing it. I wanted to talk a little bit about your  Drive Thru History America special edition and how folks can get it and what you hope they learn from it.

Dave Stotts:

Thanks, Rick! We are really excited about this remastered rereleased edition of Drive Thru History America. Because there are 12 shows that we that we released several years ago but they’ve been remastered and repurposed along with a curriculum, content, and a booklet that is included, and a vintage map, and all the rest. So it’s really kind of a spruced up series that we did a few years back but it’s repackaged and we’re hoping that it really does kind of reach a new audience as our family expands. And I’m hoping that it reaches kind of a whole new generation of folks as our fanbase expands as we keep going.

New Exciting Curriculum

Rick:

Yeah, exactly! And there is a whole generation coming up right now that frankly, has been robbed of most of this truth and this history from their education system today and so I’d say this is for not just families that homeschool or private school or public school, doesn’t matter  which school you’re choosing this is great information to supplement whatever they’re actually getting in the classroom.

Dave Stotts

That’s right. That’s right. We had a huge following of homeschool families as part of our fan base in the years while we were making these films and we were going to transition into that marketing and try to figure out ways to better serve them and adding this curriculum supplemental to the DVDs. And that’s something that they’ve really enjoyed getting.

Rick

Now one of the cool things you do on this is it’s not just places in the U.S. that you visit.  You actually go prior to the founding and say, “Well, kind of give us a picture of what it was that that brought the Pilgrims here, that brought the very people that founded the country. What was the mindset, if you will?”  So you actually go visit places in Europe as well.

On Location To Historic Places

Dave Stotts

That’s right. We start by kind of going to Genoa, Italy to the birthplace of Columbus and we start off with the of the European discovery of America… and the Scrooby Pilgrims. So we go to England and we follow the footsteps of the Pilgrims’ trek to America how they launched from Amsterdam and then finally made it to the Mayflower in England and then from there to the New World. And so following those early … but that takes us about two or three episodes if I recall before we ever reach the shores of Plymouth. It was really exciting to get to do that. It’s more like the early European group of America’s founders.

Rick

How did you how did you pick where you were going to go? Because there’s so much right?  I mean you can spend, you could do a hundred episodes and still not get it all.  So to do it and tell me how did you pick the best places to go. Not only for those first few episodes when you went to Europe but the sights in America and bringing it to life the way that you did.  That had to be a little bit difficult.

Dave Stotts

You know we just take what we thought had the best restaurants, Rick. You know when we travel we don’t like to eat fast food. So…..

Rick

Laughter…. Right.

Dave Stotts

Yeah.  You know …

Rick

The best hotels. The best hotels, best food.

Dave Stotts

That’s exactly right. We do try to on a shoestring budget when we when we go all the trips.  In fact, our initial idea was to really make it almost like I’m filming these trips myself with a handheld camera and a real shoestring budget.  We were able to avoid doing that because that would have really put us into some crummy places.  

Rick

Laughter

Dave Stotts

But you know if when you follow American history you know the big marquee sort of cities immediately come to mind. Boston, Philadelphia, Jamestown in Virginia and some of those places you immediately think of.   And then, of course, we went from there New Jersey and New York and Washington, D.C. and all the places along the Eastern Seaboard that you would associate with the early founding of our nation. So we try to take a real 30,000  foot kind of survey of the early founding of America and then drill down for those highlights that we know that our audience is really interested in.  

Founders Were Unapologetically Religious and Christian

We do it in a way, Rick,  that we try not to steer away from things that many in our society today would consider maybe politically incorrect. I mean, the summit of the worldview of our American founders was unapologetically religious and Christian. And so where the philosophy of Drive Thru History is to not serve some kind of politically correct agenda and to tell history in a way that just straight back and let some of this content that a lot of people today are afraid to mention.

You know being pulled out of the mouths of the people that we’re quoting and focusing on in our show is not in a way that trying to be heavy handed or proselytizing in any way shape or form. But tell history straight up right out of the mouth of our Founders.

Rick

That’s good man.  Good stuff, good stuff. OK. Before I let you go, I was at the National Bible Bee last fall. And Steve Green presented a just amazing presentation on the Bible Museum that’s coming D.C. and that they’re getting close on.

And I saw the video clips your picture and a Drive Thru History sort of display. Can you give me any hint of what we’re going to get to see when we get to the museum? We’re going to be stuck with you.  We watch you on video at home. Now we’re going to be stuck with you at the museum.  Really?  What’s going on here?

Bible Museum in D.C

Dave Stotts

Yeah. It’s really just my meager attempt to take over the world, Rick. Well, I actually was fortunate enough just yesterday to take a hard hat tour of this museum that’s getting built in Washington, D.C. The theme of the Bible and I think that’s what you’re talking about. The museum has been built two blocks from the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  And if there’s ever a town that needed the Bible, it’s Washington D.C.   As all of us do.

But you know there are three main floors that are getting designed for the museum. One is the Impact of the Bible.  One is the Stories of the Bible and then a third floor called the History of the Bible.  Which is all the archaeological history that goes at the foundation of all of the Scriptures but not so much the history that in the Bible but the history of the Bible.  

So the Bible didn’t just flow out of heaven down and leather with gold around the pages. There’s a book that we all have on our phones and in our hands and on our nightstand.  That book itself and history are dramatic and compelling and exciting.  And so they brought our show in to serve as kind of a vehicle, if you will, to tell that story on and on location, travel adventure learning style of how we got the Bible and follow the trail that leads back through England, Germany, Rome back all the way to the Holy Land where the roots of the scriptures are to be found. So we spend a lot of time a couple of years working on that and lots of different trips. And it’s an exciting prospect to be a part of that of that museum.

Rick

That’s awesome. That’s awesome. Looking forward to it and can’t wait to go and visit and take the take the family there. But in the meantime, folks, you can watch Dave Scotts on Drive Thru History America special edition.  And, Dave, thanks for all your work, man. Thanks for making history fun for doing it the right way having the truth there.  And like you said, not worried about being politically correct but just presenting the history.  But making it enjoyable as well.  We appreciate your time today, man.

Dave Stotts

Thank you, Rick. Appreciate it.

Rick

That’s Dave Stotts from Drive Thru History.  Stay with us, folks.  Be right back with David and Tim Barton.

American History

Friends,  this is Tim Barton of WallBuilders. This is the time when most Americans don’t know much about American history or even heroes of the faith. And I know oftentimes with parents we’re trying to find good content for our kids to read. And if you remember back to the Bible, the Book of Hebrews.  It has a faith Hall of Fame where they outlined the leaders of faith that had gone before them. Well, this is something that as Americans we really want to go back and outline some of these heroes not just of American history but heroes of Christianity and our faith as well.

I want to let you know about some biographical sketches we have available on our Web site. One is called the Courageous Leaders Collection and this collection includes people like Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Francis Stott Key, George Washington Carver, Suzanna Wesley, even the Wright brothers.

And there’s a second collection called Heroes of History.  In this collection, you’ll read about people like Benjamin Franklin or Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Harriet Tubman.   Friends, the list goes on and on. This is a great collection for your young person to have and read and it’s a providential view of American and Christian history. This is available at WallBuilders.com.

Rick

Thanks for staying with us here at WallBuilders Live.  That well this year I will fly back with Tim and David Barton now.  Thanks so much to Dave Stotts for joining us.  And again, for more information on Drive Thru History check it out at WallBuildersLive.com.  We’ll have links to tell you all about it how you can order it.  For more information WallBuildersLive.com.   You’ll get to see Drive Thru History there with Dave Stotts and appreciate him coming on.

We’re back with David and Tim now.  David, Tim, good stuff. Man, I’m glad he walked us through so many of the episodes because I’d forgotten how broad the series actually was.

Captivating Storyteller

Tim

One of the things he does is really cover a wide spectrum of American life and where we came from.  He doesn’t just do American history as even talking about what the Bible Museum is doing.  And where the Bible was really put together and I remember watching one of these Christian television shows late at night.  And I knew Dave from his American History series because we worked with him on even getting some of those stories and putting things together. But then when I saw him doing things over in Europe across those places.

David

He did Drive Through the Bible.  He went to all those Bible places.

Tim

That’s when I discovered it. So watching some Christian channel late at night and I thought, “What’s Dave’s Stotts doing on here?”  

And that’s when I realized, “Wow this guy has traveled all over the world telling stories. His Drive Thru History is really a history of all over the place.

Dry Sense of Humor

David

Well, he was a youth pastor for years and years and you can imagine what his youth group was like when you got a storyteller like that to bring things to life. And by the way, you heard his dry humor. I mean, Rick, you say, “How did you pick the countries you went to in Europe”

“That’s based on the restaurants.”

“Of course, it was the food. And of course, we did it all as cheap as we could.  Used a self-held held camera so.”

Yeah. And that’s the kind of dry humor you get throughout.  I mean it really is a really cool series. And professionally what they did and the camera crews they use it’s really impressive.

Rick

Well, one of the things I think we share with Dave is this desire to get people to get hooked on history to get excited about learning these things because it is important.  There is sometimes an attitude today in this culture of what happened yesterday doesn’t matter. I’m all knowing now and we’re smarter today and that type of thing.  So getting across to people that it’s actually cool to learn about what happened yesterday. And it’s helpful because you can learn the mistakes they made you can learn what works what doesn’t work. And so making it fun so that people just pay attention for a minute and then making it really informative and powerful actually gets them hooked on the idea of studying these things on an ongoing way.

Tim

It really does, Rick.  One of the things that as you look at storytelling, in general, is that a good storyteller is able to captivate you. But then in the midst of telling a story, they can impress on you a moral thought or and sometimes even an immoral thought.  But there are so many character lessons that can be learned in a good story.

David, it is a great story teller. One of the things we’ve lost in our culture is the ability to tell good stories. And this is a place that we can go back and through fun, entertaining stories learn about some of these good moral and character lessons that we need in culture but also in the midst of it regaining a history that we’ve lost.

David

And by the way, it will point out, too, all the stories he tells are all based on truth. This is not like fiction. This is not like legend.  He’s not making stuff up.  When we say stories, it’s taking historical fact and putting it in a narrative where it comes to life and you feel like you’re actually there at the time.

Rick

That’s right. Good stuff!  Check it out.  It’ll be right there available to you at WallBuildersLive.com.  You can find out more there. You’ve been listening to WallBuildersLive.