May 14, 2015 - Grand opening held at new Gettysburg Heritage Museum.
May 1, 2015 - Funding has now been granted to complete the restoration of Ziegler's Grove and the Cemetery Hill area to the 1863 appearance.
Check out more about our coverage of the three Changes in Gettysburg.
150th Anniversary Civil War - 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. And a surrender would ensue, in ceremony high on emotion and wrought with history. It was meaningful, and it was fantastic! Find out more by checking out our coverage of the events of those days.
History Site of the Month
This is an active place. An active volcano spewing lava and ash on its way from the 4,000 summit of Kilauea until it enters the sea with a steam crash of hot lava with the cool ocean waters. It relays the history of the awesome islands of Hawaii in its most raw, natural sense. Yes, it is beautiful. But it is a beauty showing the power of nature to change landscape in powerful proportions. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park represents a geography like no other in the United States, with an active volcano, rain forests, desert, and the sea. And it's been doing this for a whole lot longer than the National Park Service, perhaps for seventy million years or so.
New ABH Page
In some ways, it's an incongruous location for so much nature and beauty, situated close to Gary, Indiana, and close enough to the Windy City of Chicago that you can take the Chicago and South Shore Train to the park. It's a place to camp, to spend a day on the beach, bird watch, and get a little history of the south shore of Lake Michigan, plus a World's Fair. Who'd a thunk it, but it's true. For the midwesterner who hasn't been to Indiana Dunes, take a day some time and head there. Might be one of those surprises you'll want to experience again.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Virginia Wildlife Management Areas.
Virginia WMA's dot this historic state about every forty-five minutes of driving time, and not only have a good amount of history that happened on their lands, but are nearby all those historic places of the Revolution, Civil War, and plantations.
Historic Site News and Info
Battle of Williamsburg Preservation - March 2015
Anheuser Busch Company has donated 65 acres to the Civil War Trust for a future Battle of Williamsburg park. The Battle of Williamsburg occurred on May 5, 1862, an early and first major battle of the Peninsula Campaign. The battle was fought between 73,000 troops. There is currently no park dedicated to this battle with only one acre saved prior to the donation. More
New National Monuments - February 2015
Three new National Monuments were named by President Obama; Pullman Historic Site, which chronicles the planned community byt the Pullman Railroad Car Company in Chicago, which employed many African-American workers; Browns Canyon, and Honouliuli NM, Hawaii. The naming of the National Monuments has rekindled a controversy over the Antiquities Act, which allow a President to preserve historic and natural treasure without the input of Congress. This act has been in place since 1906 and the days of Teddy Roosevelt. It has protected such places as the Grand Canyon.
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.