About Us

Give a kid a choice between a textbook and a colorful, kid-friendly magazine and it won't take him long to choose. Put the two together and you've got a winning combination-educational material that makes learning fun!

Studies Weekly began in 1984 when 4th grade teacher Paul Thompson found no state history textbook to use in his class. He decided to write a state history "textbook" in a weekly magazine format, and Studies Weekly was born.

Mr. Thompson was clearly onto something with this creative solution. Ed Rickers, his son-in-law, founded American Legacy Publishing, Inc. in 1997 for the purpose of sharing Mr. Thompson's publishing solution with teachers nationwide.

With his background in business, and a heart-felt desire to succeed in bringing a better education to America's youth, Mr. Rickers was in a unique position to make a difference in how students learn social studies and science content in grades K-6. He began hiring former teachers, editors, illustrators, graphic designers and web programmers and the company began to grow. He and his team's hard work and dedication to education is the foundation from which Studies Weekly's current success grew.

Today Studies Weekly publications are used in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We still provide the advantages Mr. Thompson originally delivered for teachers and students. Implementation ready resources for teachers and more engagement and fun for students.

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Studies Weekly Mission


Provide the most implementation ready solution for teachers to integrate primary records based Social Studies and Science Curriculum content as their non-fiction informational text literacy component to be used during the Language Arts Education block.


Provide content learning experiences based on primary records that engage students and open their minds and hearts to a higher sense of awareness of their progenitors. To instill love of country, love of humanity, love of learning, love of integrity, love of hard work and a passion for one's beliefs—whatever they may be.