Historic Site News and Info
NMIH Museum to Open 2016
On the brownfields of an amazing transformation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania comes a new Smithsonian affiliate museum that will tell the story about our Industrial History, including the Corliss Engine as well as Bethlehem Steel. Building under renovation; exhibits will soon be placed inside. It's the Museum of Industrial History, and it will join other attractions already on site; Visitor Center w/exhibits, Steelstacks walkway, ArtsQuest, and Channel 39, plus the annual Musikfest and Sands Casino. More Museum.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Coming soon to a park, 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. Most of these special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are still being planned, and we, at America's Best History, will keep 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
Wandering the Rockies and want to find a place where the scenery is spectacular, but your chance to find a campground is pretty good during summer travel days, then don't look much further than the National Monument known simply as Colorado. Although it is currently in the midst of a campaign to upgrade the status to a national park and get more attention, for right now, Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction is one of those gems of the National Park systems that somehow gets passed by, as folks travel to the Grand Tetons or Yellowstone or even Rocky Mountain National Park.
New ABH Page
In many ways when you visit the Moab, Utah area for national park and nature fun, you're getting two parks in one. Arches, the smaller of the two, but by far, the most popular on the northern end, and Canyonlands, to the south. And while both suffer in publicity to their bigger cousins even further south, i.e. Zion and the Grand Canyon, the vistas here and arches that dot the landscape are some of the most spectacular in the western United States. So when you're bound for those more popular cousins, take a trip north deeper into the belly of those Utah peaks, camp within its edges, and tour the brilliant scenery of Arches National Park. Who said there's only so much wonder to go around anyway.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
He was a legend in his time. A western man. A man whose lore preceeded his celebrity, spanned decades of the pioneer west, and ended up an entertainer bringing that western lore all across the world. In the late-1800's, almost everyone in the English speaking globe knew his name, Buffalo Bill. Today, it's further back in history's memory, but if you're traveling across the midwest to those spectacular national parks of the Rockies, stop by the state park dedicated to the Rest Ranch where he lived and get a treat of past glory.
More Huts at Valley Forge
June 2015 - Valley Forge NHP, Friends of Valley Forge, and Ocean Construction Co. are building four new huts, with interpretive exhibits, at the Muhlenberg hut site. Cost of construction $122,000. Washington's men may have done it cheaper, but then wood was a whole lot less expensive in the 1770s. More
Civil War 150 - Richmond to Appomattox
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.