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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.