Historic Site News and Info
Social Media Brings New Audience to Battle Walks
Astounding success brings history to the social media age. Facebook live stream of the 2016 Gettysburg Battle Walk of Pickett's Charge drew over 450,000 viewers on July 3. First time Facebook and Periscope live streams by the Gettysburg National Military Park during this year's anniversary programs explodes presence of Civil War history to viewers.
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, are events to celebrate each park and the NPS. These special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are ongoing with more on the horizon, and we, at America's Best History, will assist in keeping you up to date. 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
What? There was another gold rush. That might be the first thought that most non gold rush oriented historians might state when thinking about the rush for western gold. And yes, that's predominantly because the San Francisco 49ers name keeps the 1849 California Gold Rush and Sutter's Mill in the forefront due to NFL domination. But, in fact, the 1897 Gold Rush from Seattle to the Klondike of Alaska and Canada caused the same amount of fury and fever, and even has a vibrant National Park devoted to it in two states, which trumps the California rush, which only has a state park in Coloma to commemorate its role in western lore. And there's even a Canadian National Park about this one to boot.
New ABH Page
July 20, 2015 - Full diplomatic relations are reestablished between the United States and Cuba for the first time in fifty-four years. It had been since 1961 that the United States had full diplomatic relations with the island nation of Cuba. The nation had gone through its revolution, a Bay of Pigs invasion, and an alignment with the Soviet Union that began to place missiles only miles off the Florida coast before backing down to President Kennedy when he stood firm against them. Through virtually the entire reign of the Castro brothers, the United States had embargoed the goods of the island, banned travel to and fro, and dismissed its embassy corps from contact with the Cuban government.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
A battlefield of significance. A massacre that would lead to the rallying cry "Remember Paoli" for battles of liberty to come. And it's all contained within this forty acre memorial to the men who fought against their British occupiers as they threatened to take over the capital of the nascent democracy in Philadelphia in their bold military move by ship south. Paoli followed the largest battle of the war at Brandywine one week earlier, and a thrwarted, by tropical storm, battle a couple days before just down the road. And it would later lead to a Washington mistake that cost us Philly by the end of the month. Yes, all that history, and barely a drop in the heritage bucket about the American Revolution in almost all history books. So, once again, we discuss the battles of the war for freedom in a column about lesser known subjects. Boy, do we need a driving tour of this history, or what?
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
Want to read more about what's going on on the American Revolution preservation front, checked out more here.
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.
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 economic climate of the last decade 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 with development projects at Gettysburg's Camp Letterman and 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 and those windows are approaching. 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.