Historic Site News and Info
Battle of Brandywine Preservation
Campaign 1776, the preservation arm of the Civil War Trust devoted to saving American Revolution and War of 1812 historic sites and land has announced their second major project on this history front with a campaign to save 10.4 acres at the Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania. This battle, an unappreciated and largest battle of the American Revolution, currently is a Pennsylvania State Park with a hodgepodge of eased and preserved land throughout the large battlefield.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Now at a park near you, well, to about fifty-three parks across the USA, in the days from August 25, 2015 through the anniversary year itself of 2016, will be events to celebrate each park and the NPS. These special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are on the horizon, some planned with others being finalized, and we, at America's Best History, will assist in keeping you up to date when they're made. Check out what we know now and stop back as we update the events when the parks reveal their dates and times.
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History Site of the Month
Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Well, that's not quite true, of course, but at Biscayne National Park, it sure is water water everywhere, with a boat to make your trip and visit complete. This is a huge park, of water. Over 95% of the 172,000 acres are water. And while you can enjoy your stay here in the land of brine and pirates while not venturing out into it, a visit to Biscayne National Park may not really be complete without your ability to wander, if not into the wet, then above it.
New ABH Page
It's a unique environment with different adventures around each corner of the park. Yes, there's those dinosaurs, in put together detail, in portraits, statues, and the most remarkable of them all, an exhibit hall of a dinosaur quarry where the remnants of the creatures are still embedded in the rock. And you can walk right up to them. Even touch some.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
This is hard history. Hardscrabble history. History of hard working families in a company town, diving into the coal mines each day to eke out a living. It is a history of union organization, or at least communal organization trying to protect the work abused, both the positive, attempting to gain a better life and condition for the miners, and the negative, trying to coerce anyone not on their side with intimidation and sometimes their demise.
Favorite of 2015
Civil War 150
When the breastworks of the Petersburg defenses were breached for the final time, it had been four years of long hard war. When the fires burned in Richmond for the days that followed, it signalled that the end of the war was nigh. For the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the weeks of Petersburg to Richmond to Appomattox lasted barely more than a week, April 1 to April 12, and visitors saw those domino towns fall; Petersburg, Richmond, Sailors Creek, and Appomattox.
American Revolution Site Preservation
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News About Us
America's Best History and our Ellis Island page has been mentioned in an article and list on immigrant stories. Ellis Island, the processing center for many of our forefathers, contains an amazing history of how our country blossomed during the late 1900s through the mid-20th century.
Save Historic Sites
Although the recent economic climate has curbed some of the troubles in preserving historic sites and lands with slower development growth, the problem of preservation funding is now in the fore even more. Get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community or an organization like the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservation Organization. Expanded gambling legislation has now passed the PA legislature, allowing two new future opportunities for a Gettysburg gambling proposal to reapply for a license. Time to redouble your efforts to stop any future casino effort that might come and promote a ban on any new casinos within 10 miles of a National Military Park, currently being considered at the state level. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose such a ban.
Want some baseball stat history, then check out the folks at Baseball Evaluation and the Stat Geek Baseball series of books and info. Yes, these are the people who brought you PEVA, the Performance Evaluation Stat that's tied to payroll. And their two books on baseball history; Stat Geek Baseball, the Best Ever Book, and Field of Gold, Baseball's Best Glove Work are a treat for all baseball fanatics. Check them out.