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Changes at Gettysburg 2014

Check out our coverage of the 3 Changes in Gettysburg; Restoration, Preservation, and a great new Heritage Center.  

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of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania.

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park
Yes, it's a big mountain, all 14,411 feet of it, and a very popular national park for those interested in hiking, mountain climbing, and witnessing the huge peaks of this Washington State gem and its twenty-six glaciers east of the Tacoma and Seattle area.  Hey, and it's also a volcano, with two over one thousand feet in diameter centers.  And folks have been visiting and witnessing these peaks for a long time, from the times when Indian tribes inhabited the area to those of George Vancouver, John Muir, and its dedication as Mount Rainier National Park by President William McKinley in 1899.  More
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Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
Other New - California Coastal National Monument

When President Obama proclaimed on May 21, 2014, through the Antiquities Act, that the Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks area in New Mexico would become a National Monument, it was no small deal.  In fact, it was a big deal.  Let's say 496,000 acres big.  And now the large tract of land, including the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Dona Ana Mountains, all managed by the Bureau of Land Management and already a popular area for hiking and recreation in the southwest, is bound to be an even bigger one.   More

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250th Anniversary

July 2014

FDR Park, in South Philadelphia near the stadium complex, once hosted the 1926 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the USA.  That same site is being considered to host the 250th anniversary of the nation.  The main building still remaining on the site from the 1926 event is the Swedish American Museum.

Civil War Ship Planter Found

June 2014

USS Planter, former Confederate, then Union ship likely found off the South Carolina shoreline of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.  The ship ran aground in 1876.  The Planter was commandeered in May 1862 by slave Robert Smalls, who piloted it from Charleston and gave the ship to the Union, taking 17 slaves to freedom.

More Preservation News

May 2014

Civil War Trust saving 429 acres at Port Republic, part of the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, doubling the preserved land there.  The Battle of Port Republic was fought on June 9, 1862 as part of Stonewall Jackson's campaign and was the most costly and important battles of the campaign.  Port Republic is located south of Harrisonburg, Virginia. More Info. 


New Campaign to Save Four Battlefields

April 2014

New preservation campaign to save four battlefields, 306 acres, extends from Virginia to Louisiana.  These sites at Mansfield, Bentonville, Petersburg, and Appomattox all tell the story about the war as it leaped into its fourth and fifth years of 1864 and 1865, moving slowly toward a culmination and the surrender of Lee's army.  Visit the Civil War Trust campaign for those sites to learn more.

Antiquities Act and Congress

March 2014

On March 26, 2014, the House of Representatives in the United States Congress passed HR 1459, which would weaken the ability of the president to use the Antiquities Act to develop our National Parks in the future.  This act threatens the establishment of new parks dedicated to preserving the nature and history of the nation, particularly national monuments that tell specific stories, such as the new parks on Harriet Tubman, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the state of Delaware.  If you don't want this act to pass any further down the Congressional line, contact you Senator and Congressman and tell them to keep the Antiquities Act intact.  The act was first established in 1906 and was the original proclamation that claimed the Grand Canyon as protected land.

Lewis and Clark History

February 2014

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge contains a new plankhouse on the site of Cathlapotle, a Chinnokan town visited by Lewis and Clark on their expedition west to the Pacific Ocean.  http://plankhouse.org

Pullman NHS

January 2014

It would be the first national park in Chicago if the efforts there come to fruition, but the historic sites of the Pullman factory town and factory itself are already historic in their ties to industrialization and labor unions.  Studies have been done to turn it into a National Historic Site and tell the stories of the men and women of Pullman with even greater emphasis.  Find out more.


New Discoveries All the Time

December 2013

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has recently discovered an archeological signature suggesting that the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas is now the best candidate for the 17th and 18th century Quapaw Indian village of Osotouy and the French Arkansas Post.

Gettysburg Address Anniversary

November 2013

The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address is held in the cemetery with Supreme Court Justine Antonin Scalia giving the rights of citizenship to new Americans, as well as speeches by historian James McPherson and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by James Getty.  This ceremony was witnessed by more than 10,000 spectators.

More Civil War Preservation News

October 2013

New preservation projects at the Civil War Trust are announced in October, one which targets 608 acres of battlefield at Rappahannock Station & Chattanooga.  Other land around three battles of the Richmond campaign also nearing completion.  Check the Civil War Trust for more details.

Antietam Campaign Acreage to Be Saved

September 2013

The Civil War Trust has announced a new campaign to save 318 acres at four sites associated with the Antietam Campaign, often cited as the impetus that allowed President Lincoln to announced the Emancipation Proclamation.  Acreage will be saved at Antietam, South Mountain, Harper's Ferry, and Shepherdstown.


Steamboat Geyser Erupts at Yellowstone

August 2013

For the first time in eight years, Steamboat Geyser erupted up to three hundred feet in the air.  Steamboat is notoriously fickle, sometimes spewing twenty-nine times in one year, other times waiting fifty years to erupt.  Check the video here.  Just one of the magnificent wonders at America's first national park.

Gettysburg 150: Wow!!

July 2013

There's perhaps not a better word to describe the activities of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations at Gettysburg.  It's simply, .. Wow!  From an opening ceremony featuring Trace Adkins to battle walks in four line style to a Pickett's Charge reenactment with about the same number of, this time, 12,500 or so men, women, and children charging across the field, sometimes at double quick.  Check out Gettysburg 150 for more of our coverage and photos.

Railroad Museum Celebrates Five Years.

June 2013

Just a couple miles north of its namesake city sits a new museum on the history of the Reading Railroad. Whether you are a train buff, a monopoly player, or just someone who loves to find gems of historic attractions to visit, go to this growing museum on the history of the Reading and take their yard tour. The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is a great example of how enthusiatic historians can make something special happen one track at a time.  Open weekends.  Appropriate for children.

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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.

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Ground of Pickett's Charge, Gettysburg, from Confederate position

Although the current economic climate has slowed 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.  If you want to get involved, contact the various organizations in your local community to see where you can help.  National organizations such as the Civil War Preservation Trust and the National Parks Conservations Organization are always in need of assistance.

Expanded gambling legislation has now passed the PA legislature, allowing two new opportunities for the Gettysburg gambling proposal to apply for a license.  Time to redouble your efforts to stop any future casino effort that might come.  Almost 10,000 men died and 50,000 were killed, wounded, or missing at Gettysburg.  Help retain the honor and sacrifice of these men.  It's time to promote a ban on any new casinos within 10 miles of a National Military Park, which is currently being considered at the state level. Contact your federal congressman or Senator and ask them to propose such a ban.  To know more about the project, check out No Casino Gettysburg.

San Onofre State Beach, Orange County, California

Americans Getting Their GED

As the demand for more experience grows, more American's are going back to school or earning their GED. Only a few websites offer any free GED practice while others like GED Test.net provide innovative new study kits to help prepare individuals for the actual GED test.

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Historic Sites
Acadia National Park
Alamo, San Antonio
Appalachian Trail

Ball's Bluff
Barbary Coast - San Francisco
Big Cypress National Preserve
Blue Ridge Parkway
Bryce Canyon
California Coastal NM
Cape Canaveral
Cape Cod National Seashore
Carlsbad Caverns
Chickamauga & Chattanooga
Colorado NM
Crater Lake
Ellis Island
The Everglades
Ferry Farm/Mount Vernon
First State National Monument
Fort McHenry
Fort Sumter
Fort Vancouver
Glacier National Park
The Grand Canyon
Grand Teton
Great Smoky Mountains
Harper's Ferry
Hawaii Volcanoes
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Joshua Tree National Park
Mammoth Cave
Manassas (Bull Run)
Mesa Verde
Morristown NHP
Mount Rainier
Muir Woods
Natchez Trace Parkway
New Orleans
Niagara Falls
Oklahoma Land Rush
Olympic National Park
Oregon Trail
Organ Mtn-Desert Peaks
Pearl Harbor
Petrified Forest
Philadelphia - Independence
Pinnacles National Park
Plymouth Rock
Redwood National Park
Rocky Mountain NP
The Roswell Incident
Saguaro National Park
San Antonio Missions NHS
San Juan NHS
San Juan Islands
St. Augustine
St. Louis Gateway West
Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Statue of Liberty
Stones River
Sutter's Mill (Gold Rush)
Valley Forge
Theodore Roosevelt NP
War of 1812
Washington, D.C.
Washington's Crossing
White Sands
Wilderness, Battle of
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park

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* 1770-1779 - The American Revolution
* 1780-1789 - The Nascent Democracy
* 1790-1799 - America Builds


1800-1809 - Exploration
* 1810-1819 - The War of 1812
* 1820-1829 - A Decade of Compromise & Doctrine
* 1830-1839 - Conquering the West
* 1840-1849 - The Mexican War
* 1850-1859 - Expansion & the Looming Divide
* 1860-1869 - The Civil War
* 1870-1879 - The Nation's Centennial Decade
* 1880-1889 - America Invents
* 1890-1899 - The Age of Immigration


1900-1909 - The World Begins to Fly
* 1910-1919 - World War I
* 1920-1929 - Properity and Its Demise
* 1930-1939 - The Great Depression
* 1940-1949 - World War II
* 1950-1959 - Two Cars in Every Garage
* 1960-1969 - Civil Rights and Turmoil
* 1970-1979 - The Nation in Flux
* 1980-1989 - The Reagan Revolution
* 1990-1999 - Prosperity as the World Turns


2000-2009 - The Fight against Terrorism
* 2010-Present - Economic Recovery

1490-1499 - Columbus/Cabot
1500-1599 - Exploration
1600-1699 - Settlement
1700-1769 - American Rights

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