Who was Hilda E. Bretzlaff?

Hilda E. Bretzlaff

Hilda E. Bretzlaff

Our academy is known as the Hilda E. Bretzlaff Ashbrook Academy, but who was Hilda E. Bretzlaff?

Mrs. Bretzlaff and her husband, Herbert Bretzlaff, Sr., both exhibited a great love for the freedoms that America offers. They embraced and promoted democratic principles, free market economics, and good citizenship.

Upon her death in 1993, and according to Mrs. Bretzlaff’s wishes, a foundation was established in her name to promote high moral values through education in citizenship, history, and economics.  Her vision was to provide support through scholarships and other financial assistance to moral, creative, and ambitious students seeking a good education.

The importance of creativity and ambition was demonstrated by her husband, Herbert, throughout his successful career as an automotive sales engineer and his involvement in several automotive component patents.

The Ashbrook Center is honored that The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation has chosen to support our academy, recognizing that its goals closely match those of Mrs. Bretzlaff herself: educating America’s youth about our country’s rich history and the importance of good citizenship.

About the Ashbrook Academy in American History

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The Ashbrook Academy in American History is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history and politics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study. We welcome your participation.

The Academy meets for seven days (June 16-22, 2019) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic. We hold two separate academies simultaneously – one that surveys the most important questions that have faced our nation from its founding to the civil rights era and a second that provides a more focused study on the Civil War era for more advanced students.

The Ashbrook Academy takes history out of textbooks and into your life. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.