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
Of the Utah parks of nature and wonder, Cedar Breaks is that small gem. Not far from the spectacular and well attended beauty of Zion and Bryce Canyon, this smaller cousin provides a unique glimpse into the red rock canyon architecture that nature built, as well as an amazing spot to ply your winter sports days. Yes, at Cedar Breaks, they turn the main tour road into a snowmobile trail for six months. In summer, there's ranger tours and campground experiences, trails to hike and overlooks to marvel at that architecture cobbled together thousands and thousands of years ago. Treasure it. Watch the world go by from a high elevation or hike down through its depths, if you're able and willing. While Cedar Breaks certainly is not attended like those other parks, you won't be alone. People are starting to discover this gem on their Utah national parks treks. And they, and you, should, too.
New ABH Page
It would become a necessary part of conquest and gold after the United States defeated Mexico in the Mexican War, annexed California and made it a state in 1850, and the Gold Rush occurred in 1849. There needed to be fortifications to protect the inlet into San Francisco Bay. Three defenses would begin; on Alcatraz, at Fort Mason, and at Fort Point, the first in 1853. Of course, at that time, Fort Point was not hovered above by the Golden Gate Bridge and it would be the first fort encountered on the path into the bay from the north. Through eras of war, both Civil and World, the fort would protect the citizens of San Francisco from hostile attack. Through eras of hardship, such as the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, it would provide comfort and supplies.
Spotlight on Lesser Known History
For those that visit our fifteen national parks in Alaska, it's really only five that get a serious amount of visitor attention; Denali, Kenai Fjords, Sitka, Glacier Bay, and Klondike. For the rest, they're all lesser known. So, for this month, we're picking one in the Yukon-Charley Rivers that isn't the least visited, although it's close, and our choice could have been any of the others. And maybe, we can urge a few hardy souls to trek past the big Alaska five, to one where, at slightly more than one thousand visitors, you'll never be worried about crowds. Unless you mean wildlife, and gold rush history, that is, both within the preserve or in the cities where you'll likely depart from by air or water, Eagle and Circle.
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.