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.
History Site of the Month
If you told most visitors to Florida that the oldest town in the United States did not reside in New England or Virginia, they wouldn't have a clue to what city your were talking about. And if you mentioned to your kids that only a generation ago, a visit to this town just had to be included on their visit to Florida, right up there with the Everglades, Miami, Cape Canaveral, and Cypress Gardens, they'd think you were nuts. What no mouse! Well, it's all true, and a visit to Florida still should include St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation since its founding by the Spanish in 1565.
New ABH Page
It is a park named for a man who had nothing to do with it's construction and not a castle per se, but that takes nothing away from the pre-Columbian heritage and skills exhibited by the Sinagua people who lived here a thousand years ago. They built the amazing cliff dwellings of Montezuma, an irrigation system, and pueblos of ten to twenty rooms, with no tools to speak of in a modern sense. Throughout the two sites of this park itself, or its sister park twenty miles away, Tuzikoot, you'll begin to immerse yourself in a time of America's past that seems so inconsistent to the bustle of the cities you speed through daily that it almost seems impossible.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Yes, back in the day when mice had not yet been coalesced around a single location in Orlando, Florida, no trip to Florida would have been complete without St. Augustine, the Everglades, Cypress Garden, and Monkey Jungle. Well, that's changed, of course, although most of them still exist. Well, Cypress Garden is a small reflection of itself, now part of the bigger Lego world. So if you're on your way to the mouse or the beach or the Everglades and need to see some primate history with a history reaching back to 1935, stop by, walk amongst the monkeys, laugh with family and friends, and have a great time in a historic americana attraction with a jungle flair that's been making fans of our animal friends for eighty years. Image above: Monkey Jungle entrance, 1935, courtesy Monkey Jungle.
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.
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.