Historic Site News and Info
Development Pressure Comes Back to Gettysburg
The remaining one hundred acres of ground where Camp Letterman, the large tent hospital complex after the battle of Gettysburg, is now under threat of Big Box store development. Located on Route 30 just before the town of Gettysburg, this land provided access to Culp's Hill during July 1 and is directly next to the restored Daniel Lady farm, a Confederate hospital site. Help Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association stop this development on hallowed ground.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary Events
Now at a park near you, well, to about fifty-three parks across the USA, in the days from August 25, 2015 through the anniversary year itself of 2016, are events to celebrate each park and the NPS. These special celebrations, walks, ranger tours, and talks are ongoing with more on the horizon, and we, at America's Best History, will assist in keeping you up to date. Check out what we know now and stop back as we update the events when the parks reveal their dates and times.
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History Site of the Month
For lots of people, when they think of a vacation to California, they think of the south, of Hollywood, of the beaches from Malibu to San Diego, and even when they think of history, whether that be of the Gold Rush, or nature and national parks, they think Yosemite, but for a vacation that combines both the history of our natural wonders, nature, and California, there are several parks in central and northern California that deserve to be on your itinerary, two of which have to do with a whole lot of giant trees, the northern California site of Redwoods National Park, plus the twinned central California national parks of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, not far from the doorsteps of Yosemite.
New ABH Page
For most mainlanders, their thoughts of a Hawaii vacation center around the beach and those waves, the overall beauty of the islands, and perhaps a lei and luau. For those that know the island well, it's beauty lies not only in those well known places, but in the history of its land, and that means, at not only one place but several, volcanoes and verdant lush rain forest. At Haleakala, you get that from the sea to the volcano sky and the setting has both a lunar and a Lost television series feel. So don't forget to trek past the beach when visiting Hawaii and experience all aspects of Hawaii's natural wonders. You'll be glad you did, or get lost for a bit and won't care.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Yes, it's a legitimate question. Just what is a portion of the most famous battle in American history doing in a lesser known history column? Well, it's mainly because, for all the people who come to this historic town, less than one percent wander to this location three miles east, and only a few know it's story, despite the fact that there's a controversial possibility that had General David McM. Gregg and General George Armstrong Custer not stopped Confederate J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry from meeting up with the back of Pickett's Charge, we might be visiting Virginia with a passport.
Favorite of 2015
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.