Historic Site News and Info
NPS Centennial Events Bring Focus to 100 Years
Throughout 2016, special events have been held to celebrate the one hundred years of outstanding service and sites of the history and lands of the USA. 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. Check here for highlights of the event. Special events are still ongoing through the end of the year.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Now at a park near you, well, to about fifty-three parks across the USA, through the end of 2016, are events to celebrate the Centennial of the NPS. These special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are ongoing, and we, at America's Best History, will assist in keeping you up to date. Events are also being held at all parks, not just those around for one hundred years.
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May 7, 1992 - The 27th Amendment to the Constitution is passed two hundred and two years after its initial proposal. It bars the United States Congress from giving itself a midterm or retroactive pay raise. This amendment had been originally proposed by James Madison in 1789, as part of twelve amendments, of which ten would become the original Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791. It only took two hundred and two years, seven months, and ten days. What was the hurry? Why didn't it pass in the first place? Basically, what took so long? First off, the 27th amendment was part of twelve bills submitted to be in the original Bill of Rights on September 25, 1789, then submitted to the states for ratification. It stated that members of Congress could not raise their own salaries, that any salary increase could not take effect until the next Congress was seated.
More New Pages
1973 Detail - Secretariat and the Belmont Stakes
1878 Detail - Lincoln County War
Revolutionary War Quick Battle Timeline 1781
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
1845 Detail - USA Annexes the Republic of Texas
Revolutionary War Quick Battle Timeline 1782
Mexican War Quick Battle Timeline
War of 1812 Quick Battle Timeline
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
It was grounds once owned by a man, King Carter, whose holdings in Virginia were of such gargantuan size, they might have been a state all on their own. Three hundred thousand acres were his holdings. Oatlands was just a modest acreage, three thousand four hundred and eight, owned by his grandson and awarded to his son, George Carter. Situated seven miles south of Leesburg, Virginia, this plantation was lived in by only two families in its history, the Carter and subsequent Eustis clan, with Civil War and slave holding past, and now sits in a pastural setting off Route 15 as a reminder of the wealth and lifestyle of the area.
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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.