Historic Site News and Info
NMIH Museum to Open 2016
On the brownfields of an amazing transformation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania comes a new Smithsonian affiliate museum that will tell the story about our Industrial History, including the Corliss Engine as well as Bethlehem Steel. Building under renovation; exhibits will soon be placed inside. It's the Museum of Industrial History, and it will join other attractions already on site; Visitor Center w/exhibits, Steelstacks walkway, ArtsQuest, and Channel 39, plus the annual Musikfest and Sands Casino. More Museum.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Coming soon to a park, 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. Most of these special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are still being planned, and we, at America's Best History, will keep 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.
History Site of the Month
Antietam. Sharpsburg. The bloodiest day of the four arduous years of the Civil War, in fact, the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. For historians of the American Civil War, there is no debate about its importance. For others, Antietam sometimes gets lost between other battles, including Gettysburg to its north. It was not the high water mark of the Confederacy, although it did prevent General Robert E. Lee from making his planned major foray into northern territory in the fall of 1862, instead of the summer of 1863 when Gettysburg would occur.
New ABH Page
Sidled between two battlefields in Gettysburg and Antietam and only a bit more than an hour from two large population centers in Baltimore and Washington, there's a pristine mountain national park with an odd combination of being a hiker's paradise combined with presidential history. Yes, that's what Catoctin Mountain Park in central Maryland is summed it up in one notion. But, the presidential history, while intoxicating and important, can not be visited. It's Camp David, the summer mountain home of the President, resting within the park's pines. And the rest of the park is synopsized best by noting the amount of trails to hike, even though there's history along those paths as well.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Civil War Tails
It's so unique. It's so interesting. It's so hard to believe and hard to describe and hard to stop smiling when you think about it. It's the newest museum in Gettysburg in a historic location with an americana touch on the history of the battle combined with, ... yes, soldier cats. This is a museum that not only shows the vistas of the Gettysburg battle in diorama form for those who already know of those famous sites (Pickett's Charge, Little Round Top), but gets the young engaged in history in such a creative way, they won't even know why they've started to love it.
More Huts at Valley Forge
June 2015 - Valley Forge NHP, Friends of Valley Forge, and Ocean Construction Co. are building four new huts, with interpretive exhibits, at the Muhlenberg hut site. Cost of construction $122,000. Washington's men may have done it cheaper, but then wood was a whole lot less expensive in the 1770s. More
Civil War 150 - Richmond to Appomattox
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
Want to read more about what's going on on the American Revolution preservation front, checked out more here.
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.
Americans Getting Their GED
As the demand for more experience grows, more American's are going back to school or earning their GED. Only a few websites offer any free GED practice while others like GEDtest.net provide innovative new study kits to help prepare individuals for the actual GED test.
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.