Historic Sites News and Information
Antiquities Act and Congress
On March 26, 2014, the House of Representatives in the United States Congress passed HR 1459, which would weaken the ability of the president to use the Antiquities Act to develop our National Parks in the future. This act threatens the establishment of new parks dedicated to preserving the nature and history of the nation, particularly national monuments that tell specific stories, such as the new parks on Harriet Tubman, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the state of Delaware. If you don't want this act to pass any further down the Congressional line, contact you Senator and Congressman and tell them to keep the Antiquities Act intact. The act was first established in 1906 and was the original proclamation that claimed the Grand Canyon as protected land.
Lewis and Clark History
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge contains a new plankhouse on the site of Cathlapotle, a Chinnokan town visited by Lewis and Clark on their expedition west to the Pacific Ocean. http://plankhouse.org
It would be the first national park in Chicago if the efforts there come to fruition, but the historic sites of the Pullman factory town and factory itself are already historic in their ties to industrialization and labor unions. Studies have been done to turn it into a National Historic Site and tell the stories of the men and women of Pullman with even greater emphasis. Find out more.
New Discoveries All the Time
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has recently discovered an archeological signature suggesting that the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas is now the best candidate for the 17th and 18th century Quapaw Indian village of Osotouy and the French Arkansas Post.
Gettysburg Address Anniversary
The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address is held in the cemetery with Supreme Court Justine Antonin Scalia giving the rights of citizenship to new Americans, as well as speeches by historian James McPherson and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by James Getty. This ceremony was witnessed by more than 10,000 spectators.
More Civil War Preservation News
New preservation projects at the Civil War Trust are announced in October, one which targets 608 acres of battlefield at Rappahannock Station & Chattanooga. Other land around three battles of the Richmond campaign also nearing completion. Check the Civil War Trust for more details.
Antietam Campaign Acreage to Be Saved
The Civil War Trust has announced a new campaign to save 318 acres at four sites associated with the Antietam Campaign, often cited as the impetus that allowed President Lincoln to announced the Emancipation Proclamation. Acreage will be saved at Antietam, South Mountain, Harper's Ferry, and Shepherdstown.
Steamboat Geyser Erupts at Yellowstone
For the first time in eight years, Steamboat Geyser erupted up to three hundred feet in the air. Steamboat is notoriously fickle, sometimes spewing twenty-nine times in one year, other times waiting fifty years to erupt. Check the video here. Just one of the magnificent wonders at America's first national park.
Gettysburg 150: Wow!!
There's perhaps not a better word to describe the activities of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Gettysburg. It's simply, .. Wow! From an opening ceremony featuring Trace Adkins to battle walks in four line style to a Pickett's Charge reenactment with about the same number of, this time, 12,500 or so men, women, and children charging across the field, sometimes at double quick. Check out Gettysburg 150 for more of our coverage and photos.
Railroad Museum Celebrates Five Years.
Just a couple miles north of its namesake city sits a new museum on the history of the Reading Railroad. Whether you are a train buff, a monopoly player, or just someone who loves to find gems of historic attractions to visit, go to this growing museum on the history of the Reading and take their yard tour. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is a great example of how enthusiatic historians can make something special happen one track at a time. Open weekends. Appropriate for children.
Two Additional Monuments Arrive
Beyond the three new national monuments named in March to be administered by the National Park Service, two additional national monuments have been added to the Bureau of Land Management's list; Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico and San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State. There are now 19 national monuments within BLM jurisdiction in nine western states.
Three New National Monuments Named
Adding to the roster of spectacular national history sites comes three new national monuments, one in the only state that had previously had none, Delaware, with the First State National Monument, and two others focused on African American history. The Harriet Tubman National Historic Site in Maryland and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio tell the story of two prominent citizens who changed to course of history.
Attendance Retrospective 2012
Not much change at the top of the pack amongst the best attendedn National Park units in 2012 with the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top amonst all units and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park amongst parks and monuments. Among those that gained the most, the biggest increase, by percentage, was at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, at 174%. At the bottom was the Washington Monument, closed for repairs due to earthquake damage in August 2011, but scheduled to reopen after repairs are completed. It was estimated that the repairs would take 12 to 18 months to finish.
2012 Top Twenty Attendance List
Spotlight on History You May Not Know About
Trexler Nature Preserve/Horseshoe Trail
This Month's Spotlight
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Save Our Historic Sites and Vistas
From Gettysburg to San Onofre
has now passed the PA legislature,
new opportunities for the Gettysburg gambling proposal to apply for a
license. Time to redouble your
to stop any future casino effort that might come. Almost
10,000 men died and 50,000 were killed, wounded, or
missing at Gettysburg. Help retain the honor and sacrifice of
these men. It's time to promote a ban on any new casinos
10 miles of a National Military Park, which is currently being
considered at the state level. Contact your federal
congressman or Senator and ask them to
propose such a ban. To know more about the project, check
Although the current economic climate has slowed 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. If you want to get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community to see where you can help. National organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservations Organization are always in need of assistance.