Historic Site News and Info
New National Monuments
1-12-2017 - Three new National Monuments on Civil Rights have been announced by President Obama; Birmingham Civil Rights, Freedom Riders, and Recontruction Era National Monuments. There was also an expansion of the existing national monuments; California Coastal and Cascade-Siskiyou. During his eight years as President, Obama has announced more National Monument additions than any President in History using the 1907 Antiquities Act. In December, Bears Ears (above photo BLM) and Golden Butte National Monuments were also added.
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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New ABH Page
August 9, 1823 - Arikara Indian War begins as the U.S. Army engages in the first conflict with an Indian tribe in the western territories after the tribe had attacked a trapping party on June 1. Their camps were along the Missouri River in today's South Dakota. When Lewis and Clark met the tribe for three days in October 1804, they were greeted with peaceful cooperation at the Grand River pass. Two thousand tribe members strong, they let the expedition pass without hostility. One year later, the dynamic changed, when the Arikara tribe lost a leader, Chief Ankedoucharo, on his trip to Washington and the U.S.A. was blamed. Other sources contend that a reason for the war was the death of a chief's son by a fur trading company employee.
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North Cascades National Park
1890 Detail - Herman Hollerith Automated Tabulating Machines and IBM
1772 Detail - Sons of Liberty Attack HMS Gaspee
World War 1 Versailles Treaty 1919
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
War of 1812 Quick Battle Timeline
1968 Detail - North Korea Attacks USS Pueblo
1987 Detail - Senate Rejects Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork
1494 Detail - The Tordesillas Treaty Gives North America to Spain
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Canaveral National Seashore
1855 Detail - Quinault River Treaty
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
It was the wild west and today, or at least in the spring when the site opens again, it is the wild west again, tourist style. These two towns, only a mile and one half apart, which can be transported to and fro by train, serve as great examples of the western vibe with exhibits on the history, gold mining adventures, and great town walks through buildings that have stood since the heydey of the area in the 1860s. There are over seventy historic sites in Virginia City; in Nevada City over forty-five. It's a real western treat.
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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.
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.