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National Museum of Industrial History

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 150th Anniversary

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.

Manassas National Battlefield

History Site of the Month

Manassas. Bull Run. The first major battle of the Civil War, plus a second battle a little over one year later. Manassas Junction, just twenty miles west of Washington, D.C., became the site of two struggles to solve the split in the Federal government started with South Carolina secession and the bombardment of Fort Sumter. It was a struggle that many thought would be over quickly, so much so, that when it was learned that a battle was brewing along the edge of the stream known as Bull Run, picnics were packed and bonnets were tightened amongst the political class and aristocracy of the city. By the end of one hour amongst the hail of bullets, cannon fire, and the shrieks of the wounded and dying, it was pretty clear that the callousness and lack of seriousness that the citizens of the city thought about the strife, would be gone forever.

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Klondike Gold Rush

New ABH Page

What? There was another gold rush. That might be the first thought that most non gold rush oriented historians might state when thinking about the rush for western gold. And yes, that's predominantly because the San Francisco 49ers name keeps the 1849 California Gold Rush and Sutter's Mill in the forefront due to NFL domination. But, in fact, the 1897 Gold Rush from Seattle to the Klondike of Alaska and Canada caused the same amount of fury and fever, and even has a vibrant National Park devoted to it in two states, which trumps the California rush, which only has a state park in Coloma to commemorate its role in western lore. And there's even a Canadian National Park about this one to boot.

America's Best History Timeline Book

America's Best History Timeline now in Paperback and Ebook. All of the info of our timeline pages in one searchable document or hold in your hands book. Now available at Amazon.com and other online booksellers. Makes a great gift for the American History Fan or Student. Buy at Amazon below.



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Valley Forge

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

Richmond to Appomattox

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.

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American Revolution

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.

Land Preservation

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.

Baseball History

Our Partners

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.