History Site of Month
It's awesome what nature can do. Even in an somewhat unusual circumstance which created the lake at this Oregon landscape located within the Cascade Mountain Range. At Crater Lake National Park, it is a testiment to the beauty of nature in confluence with the effects of the implosion of earth after the top of Mount Mazama collapsed and was swallowed by the mountain some seven thousand seven hundreds years ago.
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
It was small, but it was ambitious. A public works project in many ways meant to return a decaying downtown area into a public park in a city, the smallest up to that point, that would ever host a World's Fair. It was pertinent, with Earth Day activities all the rage across the country that Expo '74 would use the special theme nature of a Special Category fair with B.I.E. sanctioning to such effect.
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1954 Detail - Brown vs Board of Education
1955 Detail - Disneyland Opens in California
1902 Detail - First Rose Bowl Played
1818 Detail - How the Border with Canada Became the 49th Parallel
Craters of the Moon National Monument
War of 1812 Quick Battle Timeline
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
1951 Detail - Kefauver Committee Issues Initial Report
1539 Detail - DeSoto Lands in Florida and Explores the Interior of America
1820 Detail - American Colonization Society and Liberia
1700 Detail - Cascadia Earthquake Hits
1822 Detail - Law prohibiting sale of Alcohol to Indians passed
Bandelier National Park
2012 Detail - Google Receives First License for Driverless Car
Historic Site News and Info
Casino Project Halted
6-14-2017 - The Hanover Evening Sun has reported that the Gettysburg Casino project has been withdrawn from consideration today. The casino project proposed for land in Freedom Township south of Gettysburg was to include a racetrack and casino. Although this halts the current project at the deadline for application, new proposals for expanded gaming in Pennsylvania may bring this or a new project back in the future. Hoorah for now, but stay vigilant. Support keeping Gettysburg free from casino gambling and save it for history.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Yes, this will sound like a broken record if you've read our American Revolution coverage before, but the Battle of Princeton, so important to the early efforts of George Washington to rally his troops, and the public, to believe that he had a cause that could be won, does not get enough history coverage, visitation, or love. There are plans afoot, with the recent acquisition of the land of Washington's charge, to change that. It should not be the subject of a lesser known history column, but preeminent in the history of winning a war that created the United States of America.
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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.
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.