Historic Site News and Info
Social Media Brings New Audience to Battle Walks
Astounding success brings history to the social media age. Facebook live stream of the 2016 Gettysburg Battle Walk of Pickett's Charge drew over 450,000 viewers on July 3. First time Facebook and Periscope live streams by the Gettysburg National Military Park during this year's anniversary programs explodes presence of Civil War history to viewers.
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
It was the nation's first national park over one hundred thirty years ago, starting the trend of protecting the natural and historic treasures of the United States of America that now span the nation from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, and for many, the eldest and still the best. Dedicated in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, the bounteous beauty of this huge park encompasses a natural landscape that includes so many features, it almost seems superfluous to list them. Geysers, paint pots, majestic waterfalls that dip between rocky cliffs and verdant green forests, and a collection of wildlife in such a large habitat that it almost seems endless; bison (over 3,500 of them according to the latest census), grizzly bear, wolf, moose, and elk, to name a few. They trod over this amazing landscape, culled from a huge volcanic eruption only 640,000 years ago, beside visitors pulled from all corners of the world and all walks of life.
New ABH Page
It's so new, think August 24, 2016, that there's no visitor center, no paved roads, but a plethora of outdoors activities and acreage that awaits. Yes, this is another national monument that the Obama administration has used the 1907 Antiquities Act to create, and its one of the largest at 87,000 plus acres. It's all part of Maine's Big Woods in the north central part of the state, about two hours away from Acadia National Park. We don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that within five years, when services and facilities begin to pop up about the woods and East Penobscot River area of Katahdin, that the attendance here will soar. So, for those that like to get in while the getting is sparse, take a drive up from your New England home and check out the new guy on the block. Might be good to have four wheel drive to do it.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
The steel stacks of the blast furnaces rise above the earth in a foreboding reminder of what the industrial past of the United States had been. In their shadow, the National Museum of Industrial Revolution awaits, just opened in August 2016, and tells the story of the industrial revolution in companies like Bethlehem Steel with exhibits that include reminders of the people and their output in steel, and textiles, and engines. And boy, do they have a lot of those reminders. Just to your right as you enter the 20,000 square foot exhibit hall, you'll see a model of the most important engine in American history; just beyond, you see one of its offsprings in bright green. The Corliss Engine, built for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, wowed an entire world, proving once and eventually for all, that the might of U.S. power would come from its ingenuity, its invention, its work.
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.