Historic Site News and Info
More Civil War Preservation Projects
3-2-2017 - The Civil War Trust continues work toward saving additional battlefields with projects to save acres in Virginia at New Market Heights and Cedar Creek. In West Virginia, Harper's Ferry and Greenbrier River. In Tennessee, at Fort Donelson and Parkers Cross Roads. With over 43,000 acres saved since they started, check out how you can help with their upcoming projects. More Info.
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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April 8, 1630 - The first vessels of Winthrop's eleven ship fleet, eventually totaling seven hundred aboard, leaves England for the Puritan colony already established in Salem, establishing the foundation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the summer of the Great Migration as the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Puritans, augmented the men and women that had landed in New England one year before with additional colonists.
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1987 Detail - Senate Rejects Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork
U.S. and World War II Early Years
1792 Detail - Buttonwood Agreement and New York Stock Exchange
1855 Detail - Quinault River Treaty
War of 1812 Quick Battle Timeline
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
1826 Detail - Texas Settlers Make First Attempt to Secede from Mexico with the Fredonia Republic
1508 Detail - Ponce de Leon founds first European settlement on U.S. Territory, Caparra, Puerto Rico 1959 Detail - Hawaii Becomes the 50th State
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
Yes, there's more famous ones, the gold rush towns that dot California and the rest of the west after those 49ers found gold at Sutter's Mill. It's all over San Francisco lore. But today there may be no better example of an authentic gold mining town, restored and under the wings of the California State Park system than Columbia. Located in Tuolome County west of the bay, and only eighty-two miles south from Sutter's Mill, the thirty buildings that remain will take you back to the time when you struck gold and spent your money at the local saloon. It's been restored since 1946 and on the list of National Historic Places since 1961. Take the time to wander over there if you're on the path from Yosemite. It'll take you back to a time when those 49ers of football fame got a nickname and you won't have to tackle one thing.
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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
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.