Historic Site News and Info
Stop Another Casino from Coming to Gettysburg
4-18-2017 - We told you this was going to come and now it has, although most did not think that a third try would be attempted. A casino and harness racing track is being proposed for a site just three miles south of the battlefield of Gettysburg National Military Park. Sign the petitions at the National Parks Conservation Association and No Casino Gettysburg to stop this afront against our national heritage that will change the character of a visit to Gettysburg forever.
No Casino Gettysburg Petition and NPCA Petition.
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
With the invasion of Normandy in 1944, gains on the Western front by United States and Allied troops and Soviet troops on the Eastern front pinched the German Army in ever growing Allied controlled territory back to Germany itself. The same was true in the Pacific Theater as the Allies battled the Imperial Japanese from one Pacific island to the next, gaining ground in pursuit of the islands of Japan. It would continue through 1945 in the same manner through battles on both fronts, until a final blows were dealt to the German Army with surrender upon the fall of Berlin and the Reichstadt, and the Japanese surrender after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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New York World's Fair 1853-4
First European settlement on U.S. Territory, Caparra, Puerto Rico
1826 Detail - Texas Settlers First Attempt to Secede from Mexico, the Fredonia Republic
Quick USA Battle Timeline World War II - 1944
Lake Meredith NRA and Alibates Flint Quarries
War of 1812 Quick Battle Timeline
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
1879 Detail - Madison Square Garden Begins
1785 Detail - United States and the Old China Trade
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
No, it's not a genuine site, meaning, you're not necessarily going to be in the town where something happened. It's more a re-creation, as much about preserving the history as it is about the specific action that happened there. But that does not make a visit to Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska any less fun, and there's a ton of history there, too. Sometimes, in this modern world, it's easy to forget what has come before us. And many times, the lap of progress overcomes structures and places that should remain. At Pioneer Village, as with other re-created sites like the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York, these sites take those old structures that are going to be torn down and place them in a setting that can tell their story in a slightly different way. It's about preservation and history. Not a bad idea at all. In fact, a pretty great one to visit.
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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.
Save Historic Sites
Yes, it's happening again. For the third time, a casino is proposed for Gettysburg. We told you this was coming, and unfortunately we were right. Wish we had not been. The history of Gettysburg and the legacy of the area is under siege. The sacrifice of over one hundred and fifty thousand men who fought there, and the over fifty thousand men and women who lost their lives or were wounded in the cause, are about to be marginalized by a casino project proposed for three miles south. This is not the only challenge in the Gettysburg community as the economic climate improves. The remaining ground of Gettysburg's Camp Letterman is under attack. 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. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose a ban on casino develpment within ten miles of our national historic treasures.
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