Historic Site News and Info
Take a First Day Hike
On New Year's Day, shake off the holidays with an activity that combines exercise, outdoors, and history at some of the nation's best state parks. First Day Hikes are available in every state, with thousands of people engaged in the nature of our public lands of the state variety, with some hikes even ending up in national parks nearby. So head out to the state park near you and hike on Day 1 of 2017. For a list of the hikes available, check out America's State Parks - First Day Hikes.
American Revolution 240th Anniversary Events
Special events will be held in 2017 to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the various battles of the American Revolution. The plans for these are still ongoing, although some in the winter months and spring are starting to take shape. Check below for the events that are already on the calendar or contact your local park to see if there's a special event there. We'll strive to keep you up to date when announcements come into focus. Throughout 2017, the American Revolution will be celebrated for that two hundred and forty years of United States history from Princeton to Valley Forge, many in state parks. Take the time to visit this history at anniversary events of living history and battle walks at the places where they happened.
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For three years from 1846-1848, the United States battled with Mexico over the lands of the southwest. Prompted by the agreed annexation of the Republic of Texas in 1845 by the United States, Mexico went to battle, now with the United States of America over the disputed land won by the Texas people in the 1836 Texas Revolution. The year of 1848 saw the end of the war and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, fixing the majority of the boundaries of the southern border of the United States.
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It was a battle that preceded its more famous cousin, the one where the war for Texas independence took a turn for the worst. Yes, we're talking the Alamo. But the Battle of Goliad, taking place on October 10, 1835, four months prior to the San Antonio fight, would be a skirmish, actually the second, that showed that the Texans were in it to win their independence, and that this battle, a Texas victory, would show the mettle of their cause. The Goliad campaign would continue through the war, with subsequent battles larger than the first, but the history here at the Presido La Bahia recounts the highlights of the event in a historic site across the river from the state park named for the town.
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NPS 100th Anniversary
Special celebrations were held at various national parks to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, check the link below for a list of some of those held at the legacy parks and more. At Yellowstone, on the anniversary date of August 25, over fifty thousand people watched live as special events at the Gardiner Gateway Arch told part of the story.
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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.
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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.
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