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Dec 2, 2016

Exactly eighteen out of fifty states have a Greene or Greenville County and there are twenty-three cities with some form of Greene in their name. Yet not many know where the name of their place of residence comes from. Nathanael Greene can certainly be called one of America’s forgotten generals because he is not widely known despite his vast contributions as one of our first military masterminds. My book, Nathanael Greene in South Carolina: Hero of the American Revolution, is about Greene’s unlikely rise to power, his military successes in South Carolina, and ultimate act of freeing Charleston from British occupation.

Dec 2, 2016

Few people realize the important role ten houses of refuge, built by the U. S. Life-Saving Service between 1876 and 1886, played in the development of Florida. Although Arcadia Publishers insisted that the name “Florida’s Houses of Refuge” would be misleading to modern day readers, opting for the name U. S. Life-Saving Service—Florida’s East Coast, the facilities were indeed called houses of refuge. They were unique to Florida. The population of the east coast of Florida was so sparse there were not men available to form a crew for sea rescue. Fortunately, because of the gentle slope of the beach and the near-shore location of reefs, shipwreck survivors usually could manage to reach the beach. However, they still faced death from exposure and starvation.

Dec 2, 2016

When it comes to ideal gifts capable of pleasing even the toughest people on your list, you really can’t beat a book, and with good reason. Books can accomplish anything. They can spirit you away to another time and place. They can thrill you, enlighten you, frighten you, or delight you. Best of all, books allow us a golden opportunity to learn new things or see familiar things from intriguing new angles.

Dec 2, 2016

If the history buff in your life is like most enthusiasts, they’ve spent hours of their time devouring generalized history texts about their favorite events, topics, and areas of interest. However, books like those rarely tell the reader the whole story. That’s where the right regional history books come in.

Nov 30, 2016

If you’re American, your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner very likely revolves around turkey or ham with all the trimmings. You may know of other households that roast a leg of lamb, a goose, or a prime rib as well, but have you ever wondered what families around the world prepare for Christmas dinner?

Nov 29, 2016

Thanks to author of 'Organized Crime in Miami', Avi Bash for this post!
​When reviewing the history of pop culture in the United States, one constant - presumably among many - is the American public’s strange fascination with mobsters and organized crime. What is it about an American subculture - a secret society built on a code of silence and secrecy – that captures America’s attention and become such a ubiquitous aspect of pop culture?

Nov 28, 2016

Author Jeri Magg kindly submitted this blog post regarding her new book.

Writing my new book, “Remarkable Women of Sanibel and Captiva,” was a labor of love. Having lived on Sanibel for the past thirty-six years, I was fortunate to have met, or interviewed, some of these women. As a history buff, I am delighted to be part of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village for the last seventeen years. That’s where I got the idea to write this book and my previous one, “Historic Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Tales of Paradise.”

Nov 22, 2016

Erika Thomas writes for the lifestyle publications Southern California Life, Los Angeles Confidential, Chevrolet New Roads and others. A former actress and voiceover artist, Erika made the rounds at Paramount, Warner Bros. and the Culver Studios (her drive-on pass often taking her through the Ince Gate), where she was always more interested in the history of the famed structures than she was in booking the acting job itself... 

Nov 21, 2016

The Thanksgiving turkey pardon has a lengthy and disputed history. A humorous and yes, slightly macabre, thanksgiving tradition, each president has added their own respective touches. From the political concerns of President Truman’s turkeys to the family involvement of President Obama’s pardoning, the Thanksgiving turkey pardon has become a mainstay of the fall holiday season. Here are 5 little known facts about Thanksgiving turkeys and the presidents who pardon them.

Nov 15, 2016

The ultimate day of holiday shopping for many Americans, Black Friday usually involves huge crowds, long lines, and chaotic malls. Dedicated shoppers queue up in droves for deep discounts on the latest electronics and must-have holiday gifts. Falling just one day after America’s “other” November holiday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday involves little in the way of good food and family tradition. So why is Black Friday always the day after Thanksgiving? How did Black Friday get its name? What are the origins of this day of holiday madness? How might changing shopping habits affect the classic shopping holiday?

Nov 15, 2016

Joseph R. Haynes, author of our newly released title Virginia Barbecue: A History, is a native Virginian and award-winning barbecue cook. A lifetime student of barbecue, Haynes is a certified master barbecue judge and travels the state giving numerous lectures, appearing in media, consulting with organizations and attending festivals promoting Virginia's Barbecue heritage.

Nov 12, 2016

If you’re like a lot of people, when you think of a holiday like Thanksgiving, you picture something timeless – something that’s always been exactly the way it is now. However, you’d also be wrong. Thanksgiving has been around almost 400 years at this point. It only stands to reason that it’s undergone more than a few changes over that span of time.

Nov 10, 2016

If you didn’t quite manage to visit all the national parks you wanted to see this year before summer came to an end, we have excellent news for you. Fall is actually one of the best times of year to see these iconic places in all their glory. Not only is the oppressive summer heat a thing of the past for now, but this is the ideal time to see the foliage of fall at its very best.

Nov 10, 2016

Now that fall’s finally here, we’re finally able to get excited about celebrating all that comes with it. We’re saying goodbye to the long dog days of summer and hello to cooler temperatures, crisp breezes, and beautiful fall foliage. We’re more than ready to celebrate the fantastic bounty that comes along with every new fall as well

Nov 10, 2016

When it comes to the holidays, nothing gets you into the spirit quite like the right holiday-themed viewing. This is just as much the case with Thanksgiving as it is Halloween or Christmas, so it’s no surprise that people look forward to watching their favorite Thanksgiving-themed TV specials all over again as a way to get ready for turkey day.

Nov 10, 2016

If you’re a vegetarian, then it only stands to reason that the holidays can present a bit of a challenge. If you’ve ever had the misfortune of being the only vegetarian at a Thanksgiving dinner, then you know exactly what we mean. Many hosts don’t think to go out of their way to accommodate vegetarian guests. Others simply assume that the vegetarians at the table can simply nosh on the side dishes. (“You don’t mind that there’s chicken broth in the mashed potatoes, right?”)

Nov 10, 2016

America has been celebrating Thanksgiving for a really long time – almost 400 years, to be exact. However, we’ve hardly been celebrating it the exact same way over all that time. The Pilgrims of Plymouth celebrated by putting aside differences with the indigenous people of the regions and partaking in the bounty of their first successful harvest together. Many aspects of this first celebration have remained firmly in place – like the mouthwateringly decadent dinners that are near universal – but a lot has changed over the years as well.

Oct 27, 2016

When it comes to American cities that are notorious for being haunted, there are a number of options that tend to make the cut pretty consistently. However, New Orleans is widely considered to be the most haunted of them all and is often the first place people think of when looking to visit a place in search of ghosts, the supernatural, or the paranormal.

Oct 14, 2016

Do much traveling over the course of your lifetime, and you’ll surely notice cities have a lot in common with people. Each has its own unique personality and vibe. Each has its own set of values, quirks, and concepts it holds dear. San Francisco is the place to be if you’re into culture and the inner workings of brilliant minds. Miami is a wonder if you’re into color, flavor, and lively nightlife. New York is an eclectic mix of just about everything people like about city life.

Oct 4, 2016

If you’re planning a visit to the Raleigh area in the near future, then you should be congratulated on an excellent decision. Not only is the “City of Oaks” the capital of North Carolina, but it’s perfectly located when it comes to just about any activity you might want to enjoy when you’re in town. Whether you’re into food or shopping, garden walks or sports, art galleries or historical sites, Raleigh has something to offer you guaranteed.

Oct 4, 2016

If you’re a dyed in the wool film buff, then it’s probably safe to say you wouldn’t consider Halloween complete without a horror movie marathon or two. However, horror movie marathon beats a nostalgic one, and no decade saw the release of more truly chilling films than the 1990s. Here we’ll take a closer look at the scariest movies of the 90s – the movies that had us biting our nails and sleeping with the lights on for months. Did your favorites make the cut?

Oct 3, 2016

Not every museum is all about fine art, antiquities, and skeletal dinosaurs. The experience of going to a museum can potentially introduce you to a number of other fascinating things as well, up to and including some of humanity’s weirder, more macabre discoveries. The Mutter Museum of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is just such a place.

Oct 2, 2016

If you’re an avid paranormal enthusiast in search of your next haunted travel location, then you absolutely can’t beat New Orleans. Not only is it considered one of America’s most heavily haunted locations, but it’s home to some truly historic sites as well. The very famous St. Louis Cemetery is both, so no trip made to New Orleans in the hopes of spotting a ghost or two would be complete without a visit.

Oct 1, 2016

Halloween is more than just a night for fun activities like trick-or-treating, scary movie marathons, or epic parties. When you take a closer look at the costumes that are most popular each year, Halloween as a concept is also something of a time capsule. To know what people most wanted to be that year is to know which pop culture phenomena, characters, and public figures really had our attention at the time.

Sep 27, 2016

Germany isn’t the only country that looks forward to Oktoberfest every year. It’s just as popular here in America, and it’s not hard to see why. To begin with, many Americans are of German descent themselves. Also, what red-blooded American doesn’t love a good reason to eat fantastic food, drink delicious brews of all kinds, and celebrate life in excellent company?

Sep 20, 2016

Traditions are so much more than just rituals that have been handed down from person to person over time. They’re a big part of what makes a given event authentic and unique. Our traditions aren’t just part of who we are, but a big part of how we express our collective identities to other people as well. 

That said, it’s not surprising that college football comes attached to numerous traditions of its own. Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the most beloved and unique college football traditions from all over the nation. 

 

Sep 14, 2016

September 15th will mark the beginning of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month. That said, there’s no time like the present to further develop your appreciation of Hispanic culture. You can start by raising your own awareness of the contributions of Hispanic-Americans and immigrants in your own area, and then continue by reading up on the amazing lives of notable people of Hispanic descent and educating others in regards to what you’ve learned.

Jul 18, 2016

When you think of American cities that are also must-see travel destinations, you instantly picture places like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, or Orlando. If you’re like many people, you probably don’t picture Detroit, and it’s easy to understand why. For many Americans, the name “Detroit” is synonymous with the concept of urban decay. Detroit is also the poster child when it comes to once wealthy cities that eventually fell victim to neglect and abandonment.

Jul 12, 2016

When I sat down to write Images of America: Central Florida’s World War II Veterans, I immediately realized I knew very little about World War II and that period of time — except that I love movies from the 1940s. I knew that with each passing day, we lose more and more of our World War II veterans, so I wanted to pay tribute to them by writing this book.

Jun 20, 2016

American history is nothing if not filled with influential people. However, it’s important to realize that the honor of having been labeled an influential person is by no means limited to military leaders or presidents. American history is also filled with visionaries and writers, activists and entrepreneurs. It’s one thing to deem a given historical figure influential. It’s another to define what it means to be influential. What makes a given person worthy of a spot on a Top 100 list? Is it really possible for one person on such a list to matter more than another? How much do changing societal values affect who’s considered noteworthy and who is not?

Jun 17, 2016

William E. “Bill” Boeing (1881-1956) dropped out of Yale after his third year in 1903 because he sensed an opportunity to make money. Wilhelm Bӧing, an enterprising German immigrant, was a wealthy timber and mining barren who died of influenza at the age of 40 in 1890 leaving vast acreage of rain-drenched Western Washington coastal virgin timber to his only son, William.

May 21, 2016

There are few things that personify the concept of personal independence quite like a car ride. Nothing compares to the sensation of the sun on your skin and the sight of the open road stretching out ahead of you. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want, with a car at your disposal. No wonder the average American remembers the day he got his first driver’s license as the best day of his life!

May 17, 2016

A given person may or may not be into sports. You’ll have people who love to read lengthy novels and people who would rather stick to movies instead. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone from any culture who doesn’t like some form of music, and it’s not hard to see why. Music is the closest thing we have to a universal language. It can speak to anyone or be made to say just about anything. Music is one of the only activities that engages almost every part of the human brain.

May 12, 2016

America is filled with beautiful locations that definitely warrant a second look sooner or later. The beautiful Phoenix, Arizona is one of them. Located at the northernmost point of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is about a whole lot more than pottery, cacti, and tumbleweeds. It’s also one of the nation’s most swiftly growing urban locations. To date, it’s home to 22 different communities, as well as to multiple opportunities for people from all walks of life.

May 12, 2016

When a ghost sighting is on your bucket list, frequenting places with heightened paranormal activity is the best way to fulfill your dream. Not all places promoting hauntings are legitimate, but there are many locations with well-documented narratives and eyewitness reports chronicling bonafide otherworldly manifestations.

May 7, 2016

If you really can’t picture your summer without at least one trip to Las Vegas, you’re in excellent company. Las Vegas is truly the type of city that has a little something to offer everyone. Whether you’re into winning big at the blackjack table, indulging in five-star restaurant experiences, or taking in some of the best entertainment available anywhere, Vegas has exactly what you’re in the mood for.

May 5, 2016

No study of American history can be considered complete without a thorough exploration of African-American studies. Exploring the contributions of African-Americans throughout the ages is the best way to really get acquainted with the magnitude of their contributions as a social group. America’s black citizens have been teachers, writers, builders, activists, and leaders, among many other things.

May 5, 2016

There are so many obvious treasures in the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon and Washington: the wonderful Columbia River and the many adjoining creeks and waterfalls; hiking trails along moss-covered rocky cliffs; the fresh snow that clings wetly to the distant trees; coyotes yodeling wildly in the evening. Yet there is something else unique to the Columbia River Gorge, and a lot of people miss it: the links to the history all around. 

May 3, 2016

If you’re an avid history and culture reader, then you’re already very familiar with the way books on your favorite topics can open your world right up. They allow you to hear and appreciate the voices of people who have lived all sorts of lives all over the world. They help you forge a connection between the world you know personally and the world as other people know it.

May 2, 2016

The numerical designation for the famous Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway was given on April 30th 1926, making it 90 years old! We think it’s only fitting to celebrate the start of the iconic route’s name with the history of the beginning of the route itself, Chicago! Read all about it in this excerpt from Route 66 Encyclopedia.

Apr 30, 2016

Whether you’re a long-time California native or simply someone that dreams of having a chance to travel to the Golden State on vacation one day, one thing’s for certain. California is incredibly easy to love. Beautiful beaches, perfect weather, fantastic wine, and cuisine that strikes the perfect balance between healthy and delicious. Definitely a winning combination if there ever was one!

Apr 29, 2016

We love independent bookstores! In support of National Independent Bookstore Day on April 30, we turned to two  of the History Press’s very own editors – Christen Thompson and Julia Turner – who recently became booksellers. They are the founders of Itinerant Literate Books, a pop-up bookshop and custom book event designer with plans to expand into a bookmobile here in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Apr 28, 2016

Summertime means county fairs with the requisite rides, games of chance, fried foods, celebrity performances, and family and friends get-togethers. When it comes to country fairs, the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is consistently among the top in the nation. Like everything in America’s Finest City, it’s just a cut above the rest. The creative team behind each year’s extravaganza makes sure that it’s more than a traditional fair; it’s a one-of-a-kind magical experience.

Apr 23, 2016

Missouri has the Gateway Arch, which is the largest arch in the world; the Ozark Mountains; and the Missouri River, the longest river in North America. It is the second largest cave state in the United States. With more than 6,000 recorded caves, it borders more than eight states, and is known as the Show Me State. Writers Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes; actor Brad Pitt; and rapper Nelly, among other notable celebrities, all hail from this great state. Missouri has both mid-western charm and southern neighbors, and, to top it all off, it’s one of the most haunted states in the country.

Apr 8, 2016

As a tourist attraction, Olvera Street has its roots in the late 1920s, when Christine Sterling began a fundraising quest to save Avila Adobe. The oldest standing residence in Los Angeles had been slated for demolition. Her dream expanded to include all of Olvera Street, hoping to restore it to its original Mexican and Spanish heritage. Many of the original buildings were saved in the process, and craftspeople and artists opened businesses along the street, creating a place for visitors to learn about the early history of Los Angeles.

Apr 8, 2016

Jayme Lynn Blaschke's book Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse will be published by The History Press on August 1. As we count down the days until publication, Jayme has been writing about his journey as an author on his blog Chicken Ranch Giberish. Below is his latest post.

Feb 12, 2016

It’s February again and love is in the air. What better way to celebrate the season than with a good romantic comedy and a handful of books? To help you decide what to watch and what to read, we’ve gone ahead and paired together some of our favorite movies with some of our Arcadia and The History Press titles.

Dec 22, 2015

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, commonly called NORAD, has the round-the-clock mission of defending North America from an air attack. But, there is one mission that NORAD loves more than anything else to perform every year; tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Oct 26, 2015

Crassostrea virginica, the eastern oyster. With careful research and interviews with experts, author Kate Livie presents a dynamic story of the eastern oyster and a glimpse of what the future may hold in Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future
 

Oct 1, 2015

"DIXIE HIGHWAY TOUR OCTOBER 9," announced a Washington Herald article on September 28, 1915. This year will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the North-South roadway. Several Dixie Highway Association executives began the first official tour of the new highway on Chicago Day, a day of remembrance for the 1871 fire. They left from the Windy City and traveled south throughout October, with an arrival in Miami as the finale. 

Oct 1, 2015

In Philadelphia, an idea was born more than 60 years ago – to ask citizens from all walks of life to write about and share the values that guide their daily lives. The idea grew from one radio station in Philadelphia into the international phenomenon This I Believe radio series.

Oct 1, 2015

Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England’s shores in the 17th century. With a satisfying variety of savory and sweet, author Robert Cox takes a bite out of the history of pie and pie-making in the region with New England Pie.
 

Oct 1, 2015

We here at Arcadia Publishing and The History Press love a good ghost story. From Revolutionary ghosts and Civil War specters to haunted towns and eerie cemeteries, we eagerly await the season of spooks and spirits each year! Writers young and not-so-young are invited to submit a spooky story based on legend or lore from your hometown. Winners get their choice of 10 books from the Haunted America series by The History Press.