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Arizona Oddities: Exploring Arizona’s Urban Legends
Oct 5, 2018

One of the last states to be added to the Union, Arizona was once considered a mysterious place by early pioneers, where deserts mixed with mountains rich in gold. In Arizona Oddities: Land of Anomalies & Tamales, author Marshall Trimble explores some of the most famous legends of Arizona, from lost mines to the story of Santiago McKinn. Read on for an excerpt from his new book, and pre-order your copy today!

American Legends: The Bench-Leg of Goeble Ridge
Oct 3, 2018

Author Mark Muncy has always loved telling scary stories. In his newest book Freaky Florida, he and fiancée Kari Shultz explore the legends and lore of Florida State, but it was in Kentucky that Mark had his first encounter with an urban legend. Read on to learn about The Bench-Leg of Goeble Ridge, and how it haunts the rural lands of Northern Kentucky!

Macabre Monday: The Case of the Servant Girl Annihilator
Oct 1, 2018

Cold cases are some of America’s greatest mysteries, fueling both societal imagination and horror with their often-complicated stories. But what exactly is a “cold case,” and what makes some so memorable? Read on to learn more about what defines a cold case, and the first of five mysterious cold cases that remain unsolved today!

How I Discovered I was a Spirit Medium
Sep 26, 2018

Author Erin Wallace knew from a young age that she was different from most people. Raised in San Antonio, she was only five years old when she was first visited by a spirit. Read on to learn more of Erin’s first encounter as a medium, and how it’s influenced her life and new book, Mysteries of the Magnolia Hotel!

Fading American Traditions: 5 Disappearing American Classics
Sep 24, 2018

The 20th century established many timeless American staples. For decades, the drive-in and corner store soda counter dominated US pop culture. However, many of these classic establishments have begun to disappear in recent years. From diners to department stores, we’re counting down five fading 20th century American traditions!

Smedley Butler and the 1930s Plot to Overthrow the President
Sep 19, 2018

In 1934, a colossal claim reached the American news media: There had been a plot to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in favor of a fascist government. Supposedly in the works since 1933, the claims of the conspiracy came from a very conspicuous and reliable source: Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most decorated war heroes of his time. Even more unbelievable were his claims of who was involved in the plot – respected names like Robert Sterling Clark, Grayson M.P. Murphy, and Prescott Bush. While news media at the time mocked Butler’s story, recently discovered archives have revealed the truth behind Major General Butler’s claims.

UFO's, Bigfoot, and the Occult - Oh My!: 10 of America's Strangest Museums
Sep 17, 2018

Museums often conjure up images of dusty shelves and old artifacts, with signage encouraging patrons to be quiet. However, there are some museums who refuse to fit the mold – from vampire coffins to a collection of almost 1,000 ventriloquist dummies, we’re counting down the 10 strangest American museums we could find.

Farm Fresh Bounty at Denver’s Union Station Farmers Market: Supporting Denver's Local Food Movement
Sep 6, 2018

Author Simone FM Spinner knows a thing or two about local eating from living in Denver, where farmers markets are popular summer gathering spots. In her book Denver Food: A Culinary Evolution, she traces the progression of Denver’s food scene from its early indigenous roots, to the local food haven it is today. Read on to hear more about Simone’s thoughts about Denver’s food market culture, and for her favorite Waldorf salad recipe!

What does the name Arcadia mean?
Sep 4, 2018

We here at Arcadia have started to wonder recently where the name behind our company may have come from, so we’ve started doing a little research of our own… Explore it with us below!

American Traditions: A Short History of Agricultural Fairs
Aug 30, 2018

While the months of August and September are usually associated with heading back to school, many states nationwide will also celebrate the end of summer by holding state and county fairs. First held in the early 19th century, fairs have developed from expositions of agriculture and technology into a 21st century American pastime.

Red Lights and Rights: How Much is Your Freedom Worth to You?
Aug 28, 2018

Author Kimber Fountain believes in the importance of freedom and liberty, in all of its forms. Here, she talks about the unique freedom many girls found on “the Line” in Galveston, Texas. Read on to learn more about some of the girls who worked Galveston’s red-light district, and the freedom they sought after!

The Ones You Didn't See
Aug 24, 2018

Author Susan Bregman has been photographing neon relics throughout New England for years. Read on to learn more about some of the signs that didn’t make it into her new book, New England Neon, and some of her favorites to track down!

The (Fleeting) Gift of Old
Aug 22, 2018

Author Laura Borrman wants all of her readers to appreciate the classic restaurants of San Francisco. Read on to learn more about what inspired Laura’s new book, and a fading San Francisco icon!

Building an Empire: The 20th Century Quest to Restore the Biltmore Estate
Aug 16, 2018

In the late 19th century, George W. Vanderbilt II opened a mansion on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. Called Biltmore, it was the largest home to ever be built in America, and a wonder of Gilded Age architecture. After only a few decades, however, Biltmore sat almost empty, and was on the brink of being sold by the Vanderbilt family. With the help of Vanderbilt’s grandson William Cecil, Biltmore made a comeback in the 20th century, and has since grown into one of the largest historic tourist attractions in the United States.

The Best Farmers Markets in America
Aug 14, 2018

American farmers markets have become stalwart stops on weekend errands lists, but as much as they’re synonymous with modern urban life, these markets are actually pillars of old-time America. The Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster, Penn. gets the award for oldest farmers market in America, having been continually operated since the 1730s.

The Dress
Aug 14, 2018

Author Lisa M. Russell has a passion for microhistory – intense investigation of niche historical topics. In “The Dress,” she talks about the surprising inspiration behind one of literature’s most well-known characters. Read on to learn more about Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton, and her connection to the famous Scarlett O’Hara!

Fun Fact Friday: What is landscape architecture?
Aug 10, 2018

Along with urban planning, landscape architecture has been responsible for some of America’s most recognizable parks, gardens, and cemeteries. Read on to learn more about where landscape architecture came from, and to see its legacy at work in the US today

Surviving Giant North Pacific Octopus Encounters
Aug 7, 2018

Author Tom Hemphill has seen a number of incredible creatures in his time as an underwater diver, from crabs and eels to large octopuses. Read on to learn more about his adventures with octopuses in the North Pacific, and how he’s made friends deep below the ocean’s surface!

Hudson River State Hospital in Vintage Photos
Aug 6, 2018

Our author Joseph Galante of Hudson River State Hospital has shared some of the history behind the subject of his book. Read on to learn more about one of New York State’s largest mental hospitals, and to see some pictures that didn’t make it into his new book, out today!

Fun Fact Friday: A Showcase of American Lighthouses
Aug 3, 2018

Dotted along coastlines worldwide, lighthouses serve as a beacon of hope and indicator of land to those traveling long distances by sea. In the United States, up to 1,500 lighthouses have operated since the nation’s colonial history, and several have become points of national interest and tourist attractions. Read on to learn more about American lighthouses, and to see some of our favorites still in operation today!

Confessions of a Public Mural Artist
Aug 2, 2018

Author Sharon Koskoff shared her thoughts on public mural artwork, her history as an artist, and the legacy of art with us in celebration of her new book, Murals of the Palm Beaches!

5 of America’s Biggest Political Scandals Before 1900
Jul 31, 2018

Although we today look back on contributors to early American history with a kind eye, the Founding Fathers and their direct successors had their own share of drama while in office. Here are five of America’s most infamous political scandals prior to 1900.

Fun Fact Friday: What exactly is a covered bridge?
Jul 27, 2018

Sometimes called “kissing bridges,” covered bridges can be found in over half of the United States, providing protection to pedestrians and vehicles alike. These bridges have a long history in America, and many are listed within the National Register for Historic Places. Read on to learn more about these iconic bridges, and to see some of our favorites still standing today!

The Death of Swing Music
Jul 26, 2018

In the early 20th century, swing music was the most popular genre amongst listeners, and hundreds flocked to dance halls across the country to hear big bands led by the likes of Duke Ellington and Artie Shaw. But after World War II, it seemed swing had met its end, as singers began to take over the music scene. From a tax on admission to Rock ‘n’ Roll, here are the biggest theories on what truly ended the Swing Era.

The Birth of Alcoa Aluminum
Jul 24, 2018

In 1889, 22-year-old Arthur Vining Davis, Captain Alfred Hunt, and George Clapp of the Pittsburgh Reduction Company appeared by appointment at Mellon Bank. Charles Martin Hall, the technical superintendent for the company, had produced aluminum, at one time the world’s most costly metal.

Destination Summer: The Great Lakes Edition
Jul 23, 2018

Encompassing eight states, the Great Lakes region of the US held some of the country’s earliest European settlements. Today, the region is a major summer destination, attracting over 60 million people to its shores per year. From amusement parks to a natural wonder of the world, we’re counting down some of our best suggestions for your next trip up north!

How American Theatre Has Prevailed Through History
Jul 19, 2018

Despite the development of entertainment forms like cinema, television, and radio, theatre has remained a prominent part of the American entertainment industry. With creations like Vaudeville, American theatre has consistently reinvented itself to remain relevant within the modern entertainment landscape.

Destination Summer: The Miami Edition
Jul 16, 2018

The biggest metropolitan area in Florida State, the city of Miami is at the center of South Florida, and attracts millions of visitors every year. From shopping and dining to thrilling boat rides, we’re exploring some of Miami’s biggest attractions to help you plan for your next summer destination!

Classic Films that Inspire Travel in America
Jul 13, 2018

There are films added to the canon of classics for their skillful acting, superb writing or emotional capacity, and then there are films that shine through purely because they take us somewhere else. Viewers are swept away by the Silver Screen — off to the wilderness of Alaska, the rough streets of Lower Manhattan, the picturesque Pacific Coast.

Who are California’s Most Infamous Serial Killers?
Jul 12, 2018

As one of the states to produce the most serial killers nationwide, over 1,600 California residents have been murdered by a serial killer since 1900. Between the 1960s and 1980s, serial killings more than doubled in California and throughout the United States, instilling terror into the general population. Here, we explore ten of California’s most infamous convicted and unidentified serial killers of the 20th century.

Tiki Takeover: Veteran Escapism and the Rise of 1950s Polynesian Pop
Jul 10, 2018

In the years that followed the end of World War II, the United States experienced an unusual cultural trend: Polynesian Pop, more commonly known as Tiki. Along the West Coast and in areas nationwide, Tiki bars with thatched roofs began serving Mai Tai’s, and playing exotica music over the loudspeakers. While there were many factors that contributed to the mid-century Tiki craze, the experiences of World War II veterans helped to build Tiki into the industry that continues today.

How World Cup Stadiums Fare After the Games
Jul 9, 2018

Sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup are some of the world’s most-attended events, with millions of tourists pouring in to enjoy the spectacle of the games. Many cities build massive arenas to host these tourists, along with accommodations and sometimes even infrastructure to support the event. But what happens when the games have ended, and the people have gone?

The Rustic Paradise of Daufuskie Island: South Carolina’s Best Kept Secret
Jul 9, 2018

South Carolina is one of America’s most-visited states, drawing approximately 30 million domestic travelers annually. Many of those travelers — often seeking sun, seafood and the undeniably American charm of the state’s quintessential Atlantic coastal towns — spend their time in hotspots like Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Charleston and Huntington Beach. But sandwiched between Hilton Head and Savannah, Ga., there’s a rustic, hidden gem worthy of a visit: Daufuskie Island. Though it’s one of the most intriguing and historically rich places in the American South, it’s one of the least-known — perhaps because the place is accessible only by boat.

Haunts of the Founding Fathers: 7 Most Historic US Taverns
Jul 4, 2018

The Founding Fathers have fueled interest since the formation of the United States nearly 242 years ago. Historic sites nationwide have been erected to honor the men who helped to create this country, and numerous places these great men frequented have been preserved for the sake of American heritage. During the 18th century, the center of social and political life could be found at the town tavern, and the Founding Fathers were known to frequent several in the colonies. In honor of this Fourth of July, we’re highlighting some of America’s oldest watering holes, where you can still share a pint the way the Founding Fathers may have nearly 250 years ago.

Presidential Paws: The Most Notable White House Pets
Jun 29, 2018

The Oval Office has been no stranger to furry residents since its construction in 1800. All but two US Presidents have kept pets while they served the public in office. Although we commonly think of the First Pet as a dog, former presidents have kept animals ranging from dogs, to cats, ponies, birds, and even a badger! While many pets fly under the radar during their time at the White House, a few have had more than their share of five minutes in the spotlight. Here, we talk about a few of the US presidents’ most notable First Pets.

Ford and The Disappearing Market for Sedan Models
Jun 27, 2018

Why did Ford Motor Company announce in April that they would discontinue selling their sedan models in North America, including the highly-praised Fusion, the compact Focus, the sub-compact Fiesta, and the standard Taurus? Choosing to maintain only their highly successful Mustang sporty coupe, the company has announced a new high-performance version of the Mustang coupe for the coming model year.

7 Surprising Ways the Dutch Influenced Modern America
Jun 25, 2018

While the Dutch only colonized the North American New World for a period of approximately forty years before the English conquered their territory, their influence can still be felt throughout a great deal of US culture. Here are seven surprising ways the Dutch still affect today’s American society.

Tiki Takeover: The Influence of Tiki Culture in Post-War America
Jun 21, 2018

This summer my friend and co-writer Adam Foshko and I will be releasing our book California Tiki—a history book about how American culture for a period suddenly went bonkers for recreating the South Pacific all over North America. It was one of those movements that existed in the background for me, without ever really penetrating or causing me to ask why. After World War II, the default mode of expression for American culture was festooned with palm trees, colorful drinks, fake idols, and music—exotica, it was called—that sought to give the American listener a “soundtrack for a movie that didn’t exist.” Go give a listen to Martin Denny’s Quiet Village (1959), which we feature in one of two chapters on the music of Tiki Culture: Denny’s music is intended not to be listened to so much as existed in. You’re supposed to play it and feel like you’re in another world.

Eating Local: The Pros and Cons of a Divisive Food Movement
Jun 20, 2018

While the farm-to-table movement has grown in popularity since restaurants like Chez Panisse and The Herbfarm began promoting the benefits of locally grown foods, critics have been just as quick to point out the movement’s disadvantages. To celebrate the release of our new cookbook The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook: Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes, we’ve put together the history of the movement, and the biggest arguments for and against eating locally grown foods.

Exploring the Riches of America’s Famous Shipwrecks
Jun 18, 2018

Off the shores of the American coast, the wrecks of ill-fated seafaring vessels can be found miles beneath the water’s surface. Many of these shipwrecks, discovered over the centuries by avid underwater explorers, have contained significant amounts of gold, precious artifacts, and other treasures, worth millions today. Here, we talk about five of these valuable famous shipwrecks off the US coast.

Get To Know The Author: Laura Macaluso, PhD
Jun 11, 2018

Laura A. Macaluso, PhD, researches and writes about art, cultural heritage and material culture. She has degrees in art history and the humanities from Southern Connecticut State University, Syracuse University in Italy and Salve Regina University. In 2018, The Public Artscape of New Haven: Themes in the Creation of a City Image will be published by McFarland & Company, and Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World, of which she is the editor, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Inc. A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia is her third book for The History Press.

5 Treasures of the Central Park Zoo: Natural Habitats in the City
Jun 9, 2018

Nestled on six and a half acres of land in the middle of America’s most beloved urban park, the Central Park Zoo hosts over four million visitors each year and some 150 species of animals. A true urban jungle, the zoo’s residents — snow leopards, polar bears, sea lions, monkeys, a red panda and dozens of birds, reptiles, insects and fish — occupy some of the country’s most exclusive real estate. It is one of five zoos within New York City and, dating back to the 1850s, it’s the oldest one in the state.

Houston Restaurants: Out with the old, in with the new
Jun 7, 2018

Recently, another five Houston restaurants bit the dust. The first was a Houston institution, which closed its doors for the last time after 62 years of serving Tex-Mex food to generations of Houstonians. Fiesta Loma Linda Tex-Mex Restaurant and Bar was in the East End of Houston, on Telephone Road just north of the 610 Loop. Gone are favorites such as their bowl of queso, which came with diced onions and jalapenos, allowing you to doctor it up just the way you liked it. Fiesta Loma Linda joined the likes of Felix’s and Leo’s, other discarded relics of Houston past.  The second was Kukuri, a sushi restaurant on Washington Avenue that lasted a total of 8 months. The third was Artista, Michael Cordua’s luxurious restaurant, which had been a stalwart on the second floor of the Hobby Center for many years. The fourth was Bacon Bros. Public House in Sugar Land and lastly, Santa Fe Flats on 249.

Stewards of the Land: The Women of Montana Agriculture
Jun 6, 2018

One of the nation’s top-producers of cattle and wheat, Montana is well-known for its abundance of farms and ranches, each run by those dedicated to agriculture in the state. Although the contributions of farming in Montana are well-known, the women behind these operations have been largely overlooked, despite being one of the fastest-growing categories of farmers and ranchers according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Chicago Scandals: Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It
Jun 4, 2018

Within less than four decades, four Illinois governors were sent to the federal penitentiary.  Democrats Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, and Rod Blagojevich, and Republican George Ryan were all indicted on various charges. Blagojevich, who remains incarcerated, was the first Democrat elected governor of Illinois since Kerner forty years earlier.

Polynesian Pop: America’s Fascination with Tiki Culture
Jun 2, 2018

Coffee shops that look like spaceships, tropical landscaping, and Tiki galore: if this image sets the stage for any place and time, it would be mid-20th century California. What we call Tiki culture emerged in America’s “Golden Age of Pop Culture,” when everything was unapologetically kitschy and foreign lands were romanticized.

Remembering the Pilots of World War II
May 25, 2018

Although aviation in war was utilized during World War I, by WWII aviation was considered a tactical necessity for winning a war. As a result, the demand for combat pilots was high by the time the US entered the war in December of 1941. As we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, we’re highlighting the different groups of aviators that courageously served the US and other Allied powers during the Second World War.

How Uranium Fever Shaped the 1950s Southwest
May 24, 2018

In the years that followed World War II, there was a surprising new version of the Gold Rush – this time, instead of gold, many in the US was gripped by “uranium fever.” An estimated ten thousand people headed to the Southwest attempting to make their fortunes in prospecting radioactive material. While the heyday of uranium mining was short, spanning just twelve years, its effects on the people of the Southwest can still be seen in the modern day.

Sgt. Stubby at the Movies!
May 23, 2018

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is an animated movie about a stray dog who became the mascot of the 102nd Regiment of the 26th “Yankee” Division during World War I.  The film is out now in theaters across the country, and for fans of history and for animal lovers alike, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero shouldn’t be missed!

How Whaling Brought Affluence to Martha’s Vineyard
May 22, 2018

Situated off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is today known mostly as a summer colony for the affluent American population. However, the island has deep roots within the American whaling industry, a business it dominated for decades. Together with the city of New Bedford and the island of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard became an epicenter of the American whaling industry during the 19th century, sending countless sailors all over the world from its port in Edgartown.

Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia in the 21st Century: the Person and Places to Know
May 21, 2018

In anticipation of the release of her new book, A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia, Laura Macaluso has kindly contributed a guest post discussing the people and places of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia that everyone should know. Read on for an for a deeper look into the inspiration behind the book and the little-known, but much beloved places of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia.

Last month, a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson on the campus of the University of Virginia was vandalized with red spray paint. This happened on Friday, April 13—called “Founder’s Day” at UVA, because the annual event celebrates Jefferson as the Founding Father of the university. It is not the first time that a bronze monument to Jefferson was used to make a political and social statement, and it won’t be the last.

Iconic Chicago Dishes: An Eater’s Guide to the Windy City
May 19, 2018

Like many places, Chicago is a city that’s fondly regarded for its food. As author Amy Bizzarri points out in “Iconic Chicago Dishes, Drinks and Desserts,” this city is also one that’s defined by its hardworking spirit and immigrant history — two things that very clearly contribute to its food culture, as evidenced by the handheld street foods, Italian mainstays and Polish desserts that fill this list. Here’s what to try if you’re all about iconic foods.

Art Deco Artwork: Defining Pieces of the Deco Movement
May 18, 2018

During the 1920s and 30s, a new artistic sensation swept across the globe – a cross between modern fashion and industrial design, the aesthetic influenced several aspects of American culture, and is known today as art deco. Short for arts décoratifs (decorative arts), art deco originated in France during the early 1910s, but was introduced to the world at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern and Industrial Decorative Arts. After this World’s Fair, art deco became immensely popular throughout Europe and the US, heavily influencing US architecture in particular.

Gift Like A Local: A Charleston-Inspired Father’s Day Gift Guide
May 17, 2018

As ardent supporters of all things local, we’ve crafted a Charleston-inspired Father’s Day gift guide to help you gift like a Charlestonian this year. Though these exact products or experiences may not be locally available in your hometown, we’re willing to bet these suggestions will inspire you to find similar ideas from where you live.

Before You Go: What You Should Know About Oregon’s Wine Country
May 16, 2018

Although many people associate the US wine industry with California or the Finger Lakes of New York, the state of Oregon is one of the nation’s leaders in wine-production. Growing over fifty varieties of grapes, Oregon’s wine country has an extensive history, which has grown into a distinctive experience for travelers and wine enthusiasts alike.
 

Guest Post: Grass Valley and the Philosopher
May 14, 2018

One of the greatest things about American communities is that they create and foster a surprising amount of diversity. Take, for instance, the rough and tumble pioneer community captured in Claudine Chalmers’ Grass Valley. A combination of rare images of the Grass Valley, California community and Chalmers’ own commentary and discussion, Grass Valley shows how much there is to be learned from studying local communities.

​Gateway to America: The Celebrities of Ellis Island
May 12, 2018

During the over 60 years that Ellis Island served as an immigrant station for those looking for a promising new place to call home, it welcomed several million new Americans to the country. In fact, it has been estimated that roughly 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens are directly related to at least one person who passed through Ellis Island. When you think about the sheer magnitude of people who applied for admission to the U.S. there, it’s rather unsurprising that many celebrities entered the country through its gates.

AP Behind the Scenes: Our Favorite Recipes from the Employee Picnic
May 11, 2018

In preparation for the coming Memorial Day holiday, the marketing team here at Arcadia Publishing decided to host an employee picnic, featuring recipes from our American Palate cookbooks. We’ve brought together our favorite dishes, and asked our employees to share their best recommendations with you!

Author Interview: Chef Barrie Boulds and the Magic of Big Sky
May 10, 2018

We recently sat down with chef and author Barrie Boulds about her upcoming cookbook with Jean Petersen, The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook: Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes. Chef Boulds, a third-generation Montanan and a chef of nearly thirty years, talked with us about her passion for locally-sourced and foraged foods and experiences in the kitchen. Read on to learn more about her memories of growing up on a Native American reservation, how to make the perfect elk tenderloin, and her best tips for baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

Fun in the Sun: Top Theme Parks for Summer Travels
May 9, 2018

As far as the classic American summer goes, the formula isn’t complete without a trip to the amusement park. According to the National Amusement Park Historical Association, the theme park we know and love today traces its roots back to European pleasure gardens, which were first brought to America with the opening of Vauxhall Gardens in New York City in 1767, which eventually housed one of the first carousels in the country. In 1893, the famous George Ferris Giant Wheel debuted at Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition, and in 1895, Coney Island opened Sea Lion Park.

8 Historic Jewish Synagogues in the US
May 9, 2018

The history of Jewish communities in the United States can be traced as far back as colonial communities, when the first Jewish settlers arrived in Virginia in the 17th century. In celebration of this long heritage and Jewish American Heritage Month, we’ve put together a glimpse of some of United States’ most historically significant synagogues and Jewish congregations.

Quaint and Quirky Arts Festivals in America
May 8, 2018

We’re fast approaching festival season, which means it’s time to fill those calendars up with weekend trips for the best celebrations around. Whether you’re interested in all things food-focused — there are festivals in our great nation celebrating omelets, frog legs, cherries, cheese curds, peanuts and pretty much anything else you can eat — or prefer the big headliners of massive music fests, you’re in for some unfettered festival fun this year. Our favorite is the arts festival, especially that of the quirky variety. Here’s a list of some you shouldn’t miss!

The Four Industries that Built American Agriculture
May 7, 2018

Since the early days of colonial farming, the United States has become the world’s largest agricultural exporter, shipping over $100 billion USD worth of products annually. In honor of National Food Month, we’re taking a look at some of the food industries that have been integral in creating America’s agricultural identity.

Presidential Homes in Virginia
May 5, 2018

As we celebrate the release of “A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia” by Laura A. Macaluso, we thought it would be fun to take our readers on a quick tour of presidential homes in Virginia — the state that served as the birthplace for eight U.S. presidents. Old Dominion has produced more presidents than any other state, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson. Indeed, few states bring as much historical bounty, especially for the lover of grand Federal and Georgian estates of the presidential variety.

Off to the Races: Noteworthy Kentucky Derby Winners
May 1, 2018

As Derby Day approaches on May 5, twenty horses will journey to compete in the national Kentucky Derby, the most-attended horse race in the United States. Here, we take a look at four of the biggest stories from the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

5 Treasures of the Central Park Zoo: Natural Habitats in the City
May 1, 2018

Nestled on six and a half acres of land in the middle of America’s most beloved urban park, the Central Park Zoo hosts over four million visitors each year and some 150 different species of animals. A true urban jungle, the zoo’s residents — snow leopards, polar bears, sea lions, monkeys, a red panda and dozens of birds, reptiles, insects and fish — occupy some of the country’s most exclusive real estate. It is one of five zoos within New York City and, dating back to the 1850s, it’s the oldest one in the state.

Radio Legend: Graham McNamee
Apr 27, 2018

When the first international radio broadcast aired in 1919, few could have predicted how popular radio waves would become for transmitting news and entertainment. Within a few years, the airwaves were full of programs, broadcasting everything from news, to music and sports. These programs would have been impossible, however, without the voices that carried them to homes around the globe. This month, we’re featuring radio legend Graham McNamee, and the ways he influenced the medium as a whole.

Local’s Guide to the Carolinas: Showcasing the Cuisine of Southern Restaurants
Apr 27, 2018

Food has the power to say so much about a place. The local flavor provides insight to a region’s history, people and spirit. Like the handheld street foods of Manhattan and the signature tacos of the Southwest, it’s indicative of the region’s inhabitants and natural bounty. In the Carolinas, food was — and continues to be — born of necessity, availability and creativity.

The Sounds of the Airwaves: The Evolution of Radio
Apr 26, 2018

In the age of instant information and music streaming, the radio remains one of the most popular means of communication to the American public. While we generally think of the radio as a source of music and the morning commute traffic, the history of radio broadcasting includes far more than just the American Top 40. Built on a century’s worth of electronics research, the radio as we know it today is a technological marvel few would have been able to predict at its inception in the late-19th-century.

The Best Little Italys in America
Apr 26, 2018

If you are on a perpetual quest for the very best homemade ravioli and cannoli, there’s a good chance you’ve wound up in Little ItalyLa Piccola Italia, a time or two. This designation exists in many cities across the United States. It signifies the pocket of a town where Italian immigrants flocked between the years of 1800 and 1924, when more than four million Italians relocated to America.

How Amateur Radio Sank the Titanic
Apr 16, 2018

At 12:15 AM on April 15, 1912, a message rang out across the Atlantic: “CQD MGY 41.46 N 50.24 W.” The message, sent by a Marconi radio operator, came from the doomed RMS Titanic 30 minutes after striking the iceberg that would end the ship’s maiden voyage. It was followed by a series of messages from the ill-fated vessel, many of which went unreceived, or failed to establish any meaningful contact. Meanwhile, novice radio operators on land clogged the airwaves with false news of the sinking, leading to the early spread of misinformation, and later, overwhelming public ire. While the Titanic’s radio and its operators were to thank for the 745 survivors of the tragedy, the malicious behavior of amateur operators was blamed in the disaster’s aftermath – raising questions of how something so disastrous had been allowed to occur, and what could have been done to avoid it altogether.

A Visit To Letcher County
Apr 12, 2018

Many years ago, I visited Letcher County, located in the coal county of Appalachia in southeastern Kentucky, on a family vacation.  My wife, who had been raised in Whitesburg, the largest town in the county, and I and our two-year old daughter drove through the mountains and the forests, walked through Whitesburg, and spent the night there in a motel.  It was a vacation off the beaten track.  At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the visit, but Letcher County has stayed with me. I was able to revisit Letcher County in this pictorial history written in 2011 by Deborah Adams Cooper, a Letcher County native.

A Commemoration of The Battle Of Shiloh
Apr 5, 2018

In this blog we commemorate the Civil War Battle of Shiloh, fought April 6-7, 1862, in southwest Tennessee. Shiloh was the largest battle on the North American continent up to its time and resulted in nearly 24,000 injuries and 3500 deaths. The site of the battle is now the Shiloh National Military Park which is managed by the National Park Service.

Why Everyone Should be a HAM Radio Operator
Apr 2, 2018

The development of radio in the late-19th-century revolutionized the ways in which people communicated both domestically and internationally. From military technology to pop-culture broadcasts, radio quickly ascended as the most effective means of official communications throughout the early-20th-century. But millions found that this new invention could also be used for casual recreation, creating what today is known as amateur radio.

Take a Cruise Through Local History: Road Trippers Guide to the Southwest on Route 66
Mar 27, 2018

Dubbed the “Mother Road” by John Steinbeck in “The Grapes of Wrath,” it could be argued that Route 66 is the most written about highway in the United States. Few American roads are as old, as historical or as downright kitschy as Route 66, especially on the portion that extends from Northeast New Mexico to Southern California. Road trippers can soak up local history in the form of colorful neon signs, quirky roadside attractions, retro motels and plenty of museums along this lively stretch of road.

A Homage To The Fallen Railroad Stations Of Atlanta
Mar 22, 2018

March 17, 2018, was the 100th anniversary of Peachtree Station, currently the only passenger railroad station serving Atlanta, Georgia. For many years, however, Atlanta was a hub for passenger rail service, just as it is now a hub for the airlines.  Beginning in 1853, Atlanta was served by six passenger stations and countless passenger trains.  Now only Peachtree Station and one passenger train survive.  Many people still love the passenger train and are nostalgic for its golden years. As part of the broad history of railroading and in their own right, Atlanta’s passenger stations and trains deserve to be remembered. 

Uncovering the Everyday: Exploring US Route 1 From Baltimore to Washington, DC
Mar 9, 2018

​How often do we pay attention to our surroundings as we drive along America’s highways and byways? In the earliest days of the highway, the windshield was like a film screen with the film “Our Great American Landscape” rolling out in front of the driver. Today, we often prefer to take the interstates versus the highway because they are faster, less cluttered, and unfortunately, less interesting. In the heavily populated corridor between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, the experience of seeing the landscapes around U.S. Route 1 roll along beside us has all but disappeared and changed dramatically over the generations. US Route 1: Baltimore to Washington, DC sheds some light on the highways beginnings and fills in the back story about this particularly important span of what was once considered “America’s Main Street.”  

Cars and the Highway to Hell: How Automobiles Helped Bootleggers Skirt Prohibition Laws
Mar 5, 2018

In September 1921, the Ladies Home Journal placed an advertisement in the Kansas City Times, a tease for an upcoming article titled “Freedom and Our Changing Standards.” The automobile, the article warned, had become a threat to American morality, and young people were especially vulnerable. The car offered new freedom of movement, and with it “came the road house, the jazz band, the hotel and restaurant dances, came the unrestricted association of the sexes.” In other words, according to the author and other social reformers, cars offered a quick ride down the highway to hell.

City Spotlight: Golden, CO
Mar 1, 2018

Established on June 16, 1859, Golden, Colorado began as a small gold-rush town at the seat of Colorado’s Lookout and two Table Mountains. Although Colorado was not formally annexed as a state until 1876, the territory developed quickly in the decades prior, with Golden at the center. Originally named Golden City in honor of the minor Thomas L. Golden, Golden served as the elected seat of the Jefferson Territory from 1860 to 1862. The Jefferson Territory was an unrecognized area, organized by the miners of early Denver and Golden, which ultimately became the Colorado Territory in 1862.

Explore the Charms of Little Havana
Feb 25, 2018

Referred to as Florida’s “modern-day Ellis Island” by historian Paul S. George, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood is home to a unique mix of cultures brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and other Spanish-speaking countries. It earned its nickname because so many of its inhabitants were Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro’s rule in the 1960s, leaving behind the capital city of Havana and other regions within the country.

A Black History Month Visit To Topeka
Feb 23, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month,   we visit in this blog the African American community of Topeka, Kansas through Sherrita Camp’s book  "African American Topeka" (2013).  Camp gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the history of African American life in a medium-sized American city west of the Mississippi River, Topeka, Kansas. A long-time resident of Topeka, Camp is a historian and a genealogist.

Arcadia Moments: Brenda & Teddy M*
Feb 20, 2018

Have you ever found yourself, a loved one, or friend in one of our books? We love hearing these stories, and we love sharing them even more! Read Teddy & Brenda's story of discovering their childhood photos in 'Thalhimers Department Stores'.

Remembering Lincoln's Childhood on President's Day
Feb 15, 2018

​In celebration of President’s Day, we pay in this blog a visit to Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home.  Mike Capps’ and Jane Ammeson’s book “Indiana’s Lincolnland” (2008) offers a photographic history of the area in which Lincoln grew up.  Capps served for many years as the chief of interpretation and resource management at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, the National Park Service site which commemorates Lincoln's Indiana years. Ammeson is the author of several earlier books about southern Indiana. The book is part of the "Images of America" series of local photographic histories published by Arcadia Publishing.

Historic Pittsburgh Mansions of the Golden Age
Feb 15, 2018

Built by powerhouse business tycoons with names like Mellon, Westinghouse, Heinz and Frick, Pittsburgh’s Golden Age mansions tell an important story about the history of Pennsylvania’s Steel City. Notably, these estates tie the city directly back to the earliest days of the booming steel industry that impelled its development. With help from author Melanie Linn Gutowski and her book “Pittsburgh’s Mansions,” let’s take a look at some of the most singular and historic mansions of Pittsburgh.

City Spotlight: Coraopolis, PA
Feb 14, 2018

A borough located just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Coraopolis began as just a 350-acre tract of land in 1769 after an Indian interpreter was granted a land patent following the French and Indian War. However, Coraopolis wasn’t formally settled until 1773, when Captain Robert Vance moved into the area just prior to the beginning of the American Revolution. Vance, a military man who had served in the French and Indian War, was focused on providing protection from raiders to himself and others who had moved into the area. As a result, Vance built a stockade and blockhouse, today known as Fort Vance. This fort was the very beginning of Coraopolis, which continued to grow over the years. By the 1800’s, the area had come to be known as “Middletown,” and was a growing community located between Pittsburgh and Beaver, Pennsylvania.

City Spotlight: Wilmington, NC
Feb 9, 2018

One of the largest cities in North Carolina, the Wilmington area was first inhabited by different indigenous tribes for thousands of years prior to its settlement by English colonists in the 1720’s. The area held several different names during the early-to-mid 18th century, including “New Carthage,” “New Liverpool,” and even “Newton” before it was reincorporated as Wilmington in 1740 in honor of the Earl of Wilmington. Many of the settlers who came to Wilmington during this time came from the northern British colonies, the West Indies, and the British Isles, but settlers from as close as South Carolina and Virginia could soon be found in the town as well. Many of these early settlers were indentured servants or slaves brought from Africa to fuel the growing labor demands. By 1767, the majority of the population in the Wilmington area were slaves, working in various ports and plantations throughout the region.

18 Books You Need to Read Before the Winter Olympics
Feb 8, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, you want to know more about the Games and its athletes. Never fear! While you wait for the figure skaters and hockey games, learn a little more about the Winter Olympics, and some of the United States’ most featured athletes.

Louisville’s Alma Kellner Mystery – The Right Man?
Feb 7, 2018

The loss of a child is the ultimate tragedy for loving parents.  When a child disappears without a trace, the pain is immeasurably greater.   This was the heartbreak faced by the parents of young Alma Kellner when she vanished without a trace in December, 1909.  For months, her parents, her siblings and her extended family lived in limbo, hoping and praying that she would return to them.  Those hopes were dashed when almost six months later, her pitiful remains were located within a few hundred feet of where she was last seen.   This set in motion a dramatic search for her killer that led a lone police detective across the United States and beyond.

Recipe for Velvety Mac and Cheese from Our Best-Selling Cookbook
Feb 6, 2018

The southern garden produces delights in all four seasons, from asparagus to tomatoes, apples to collard greens. Make use of the bounty of your garden or farmers' market with new twists on familiar favorites. Recipes for Apple Radish Salad and Bacon Apple Burgers break up a fall parade of crisps and crumbles. Instead of roasting, make Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Peanut Stew and add greens to Shrimp and Grits. Recipes for preserving herbs, pickling peaches and berry jams mean that your harvest will never go to waste. Let experienced gardener and cook Cathy Cleary walk you through four seasons of fresh, flavorful cooking.

The Most Iconic Florida Lighthouses and Their Historic Quirks
Feb 5, 2018

What makes a lighthouse an iconic structure? These Florida lighthouses have witnessed wars, pirates, vandalism, erosion, hurricanes and even crashes into the sea — and all of them still stand to share fascinating snippets of maritime history. The following are a few of the most iconic Florida lighthouses that illuminate dark shorelines and help steer safe passage for travelers.

City Spotlight: Buffalo, NY
Jan 26, 2018

First settled by nomadic Paleo-Indians prior to 7000 B.C.E., Buffalo is the second largest city within the state of New York. While it now stands as a metropolis on the shores of Lake Erie, Buffalo once was the home of the Iroquois Confederacy and its various tribes throughout the state some 1000 years ago – these tribes, including the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes, were known as the “Five Nations,” and remained dominant throughout the region well into the time of the American Revolution.

The 7 Tallest Dams in America
Jan 25, 2018

If you’re a fan of engineering feats, it probably doesn’t surprise you that some great American dams don’t just restrict the flow of water, but also act as major tourist attractions. Just think of the Hoover Dam, for example, which draws an estimated 1 million visitors annually.

7 Legends of Radio Broadcasting
Jan 20, 2018

Before TV or the internet, Americans relied on radio waves for entertainment, news, and music. During the Golden Age of American Radio from 1930 to 1955, radio profoundly impacted American culture, swaying not only opinions, language, and style, but also created a whole new industry that spurred major economic impact. The legends of radio broadcasting — from Roosevelt’s fireside chats to famous serial dramas — contributed to the radio, and now digital programming, as we know it today.  

City Spotlight: Door County, WI
Jan 17, 2018

Though Door County’s most recent permanent Native American and European settlers arrived in the last few centuries, the peninsula and islands have been home to other residents for thousands of years. Archaeologic evidence suggests it has been continuously inhabited by humans since 10,000 B.C. Early permanent settlements date back more recently, about 2,000 years. The dominant Native American tribe in the region was the Potawatomi. Other influential tribes include the Winnebago (or Ho-Chunk), the Ojibwe, the Sauk, the Menominee and the Ottawa.

​Classic Cookbooks That Define American Cuisine
Jan 15, 2018

When you think of classic American cookbooks, there’s a good chance that the ones you consider essential parts of the American cooking canon aren’t American at all. After all, American cuisine gets its flavor, shape, and spirit from other corners of the globe. From the peppered mangoes of the (very) early Austin food scene to the lobster rolls of New England, America’s culinary history is as rich and delicious as they come, all thanks to these classic culinary books.

Boston Boxing: The Prizefighting Immortals of Beantown
Jan 10, 2018

Boston: Home to clam chowder, cream pie, lager, baked beans and boxing. The Northeast center rose to prominence as a boxing hub way back in the late 1800s, and has since birthed some of the ring’s greats. In the sport’s earliest days, Boston boxers practiced prizefighting or bare-knuckle boxing, and it was during this period that boxing shifted from an illegal and dangerous pastime to one that the masses adored.

City Spotlight: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 10, 2018

In ancient times, Utah was inhabited by Native Americans. The earliest group was the Anasazi, who lived there from roughly the year 1 to 1300 AD. The Ute tribe, from which the state derives its name, and the Navajo Indians arrived in the region later. 

​History of Alcatraz: America’s Most Haunted Prison
Jan 5, 2018

Sometimes, it’s the place that dictates the story. To diehard spirit-seekers, Alcatraz ranks at the top of the list of the world’s most haunted prisons. From the coin-operated tower viewers at Fisherman’s Wharf to Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz looks calm, inviting even. But when you get up-close and personal with the history of Alcatraz, a different story emerges.

Ring in the New Year in Style: Best Celebrations Across America
Dec 31, 2017

Americans love New Year’s Eve. In fact, more than half of the country will spend the evening at a party, restaurant, or bar, and 41 percent rate it as their favorite holiday of the year. Cities in the U.S. allocate millions of dollars into making the New Year special, with thousands of pounds of confetti, first-class fireworks, and plenty of popping bottles. With all of this merriment in store, how do you know where to go when the clock strikes midnight? Here are a few ideas to steer you in the right direction.

Mount Hood National Forest: Top Spots for Winter Sports
Dec 25, 2017

Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, most notably the 11,249-foot-high partially active stratovolcano that lends the park its name. With over 1 million acres of untouched wilderness, forested peaks, lakes, streams, and scenic areas, it is one of the most-visited National Forests in the United States. A reported four million people visit Mount Hood annually.

​Historic Restaurants: Holiday Dining for New Year’s Eve
Dec 20, 2017

Why dine just anywhere on New Year’s Eve when you can hobnob with the ghosts of Frank Sinatra and former presidents? Ring in the New Year the old-fashioned way with dinner — and a few champagne toasts, if you’re so inclined — in these fabulous, historic restaurants around the country. Fear not, lovers of historic food and drink; you won’t find a stale or dated atmosphere in any of these spots. Just plenty of charm!

Best Historical Bridges in America
Dec 15, 2017

Covered, suspension, cantilever, truss: no matter your preferred bridge style, there’s something for you to behold on America’s roads and byways. These structures stand not only as exceptional feats of modern engineering, but also as landmarks and designators of place. Each one is a significant reminder of its city’s history and stands as a testament to the ability of American’s to build stunning structures to transverse rivers and oceans.

​Legendary Ghosts of the Queen Mary
Dec 12, 2017

If you love a good ghost story, you’ll be delighted — and admittedly, a little spooked — when you delve into the storied history of the RMS Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic from 1936 to 1967. The ship became famous for ferrying troops that helped defeat Hitler during World War II, and it emerged as the choice ocean liner of the rich and famous in post-war 20th century. It earned the nickname The Stateliest Ship Afloat during this period, partially because of its palatial, Art Deco interiors.

History of College Football: Legendary Battles of the Bowl
Dec 10, 2017

There are few football  rivalries quite as contentious as Ohio State versus Michigan, Army versus Navy, and Auburn versus Alabama. When these teams collide on the field, it produces some of the liveliest and most spirited games on college campuses; but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, college football programs struggled for decades, even after the establishment of the National Football League (NFL). Let’s take a look to see how this college sport rose to such popularity.

Iconic Thanksgiving TV Specials
Dec 7, 2017

What do all the best Thanksgiving TV specials have in common? Catastrophe. Mangled centerpieces, arrests, and burnt turkeys: it’s all a part of what makes Thanksgiving on TV so entertaining. And then there’s the coming together, the family bonding, and the warmth of sharing a meal with loved ones.

Chickamauga National Park and the Famous Ghosts Who Haunt It
Dec 5, 2017

Thousands of sight-seers, military enthusiasts, and nature-lovers from far and wide flock to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee each year. As part of the National Park Service, this storied military park preserves the sites of two American Civil War battles: The Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. There’s so much to discover at these historic sites.

Author Post: The Hidden History of St. Joseph County Michigan
Dec 5, 2017

You know that thing, when you hear about something for the first time, or you haven’t heard about something for a long time, then out of nowhere you hear about it again and again and again? I can never remember the name of the phenomenon, so I googled it. It’s called frequency illusion or The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

Gift Guide for Local History Enthusiasts
Dec 5, 2017

Local historians are without a doubt some of a community’s most valuable assets. They scour the library, record important regional events, and keep citizens informed about an area’s storied past. Did we mention that many local historians do all of this for free, too? A person’s community often plays a big role in their personal story. It’s the backdrop for many of life’s most significant milestones, after all, but it also says something bigger about America, from the perspective of a region’s role in the country we know and love today.

Leading Historical Societies in America
Dec 3, 2017

It is the duty of state and local historical societies to preserve, research, interpret, and share a region’s history. At their core, these groups ensure that future generations understand their heritage and pass it along even further down the line.

A SERIAL KILLER IN DETROIT? How one author unraveled a deadly Motown mystery
Nov 28, 2017

It was a Facebook message I’ll never forget: “Did you know Detroit had a female serial killer?”
 
Talk about getting your attention. A friend of mine had been reading a newspaper article about a local cemetery tour, and a paragraph within that story stood out to him. It mentioned a woman named Rose Veres and how she had killed up to 12 boarders who lived in her Detroit home back in the 1920s and 1930s.
 

Guest Post: Mississippi and the Great Depression
Nov 21, 2017

I never lived through the Great Depression. Born is the 50s, I was a child of the 60s, naïve and somewhat innocent, my eyes only seeing what “was normal” in Mississippi. I never questioned boundaries, separation, stereotypical images, and the realities of black and white. My parents, however, were raised (in Mississippi, we don’t rear children…we raise them.) during the Great Depression and my grandparents found ways to survive, feed their families, and keep a roof over their head. There’s something about them, how they viewed life, handled stress, gave with little to give, and worked long, hard hours without complaint… that still affects me. Yet, another person affected me even more, who was not family, but who felt like family, who was there every day of my life, cooking my meals, ironing my clothes, cleaning my house, calling me home at the end of the day: our maid, Blanche Chaney.

Leigh Douglass Brackett—the Queen of Space Opera
Nov 14, 2017

It has been 40 years since Star Wars exploded onto the screen and the film’s legacy continues in December 2017 with the new Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi. Although George Lucas wrote the original screenplay for the highly acclaimed The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the second part of the “Star Wars” trilogy, noted screenwriter Leigh Douglass Brackett, the author of romantic planetary-space epics and tagged as the Queen of Space Opera, is partly responsible for the movie’s accolades.  

Author Post:  The Cabaret Cocktail: An Elaborate Concoction of Seduction, Fantasy, and Spectacle
Nov 13, 2017

The traditional French cabaret show adheres to a timeless formula that includes elaborate and visually resplendent numbers featuring male and female dancers, singers, leggy showgirls, and amazing acrobats. Incorporated between the extravagant song and dance production numbers are curious and highly polished specialty acts and novelty numbers featuring vaudevillians, comedians, and circus performers. Within the cabaret canon is a touch of the risqué, a hint of the exotic, a surplus of glamour, and a deficit of narrative.
 

The Priceless Gift of Holiday Gab
Nov 13, 2017

My favorite dish at our holiday dinners never has anything to do with food. It’s the savory conversations that I crave. The heartfelt chatter of close family and friends enhances each occasion like a special mix of spices.  Salty. Sweet. Sometimes a little nutty. 

Guest Post: Bayou St. John: Nothing Less Than A Dear Friend
Nov 13, 2017

Bayou St. John, a small, river-like waterbody fed by Lake Pontchartrain, meanders sluggishly through the heart of New Orleans. It’s one of relatively few places in the city where a person can sit by the water. It’s one of the relatively few places in New Orleans where a person can even see the water (except, that is, if it rains hard; then there’s water everywhere you look, including where it’s not supposed to be!). Historically, the city has responded to the threat of flooding by putting walls around its waterbodies, or else burying them. But Bayou St. John remains if not in its natural state then out in the open, along what is roughly its original path—thanks almost entirely to the residents of New Orleans, past and present, who have fought for its integrity and health over the centuries. A smooth, blue-brown ribbon, almost narrow enough to yell across, it hosts great flocks of visitors each year. Before I began researching its storied past, this was my relationship to the bayou: I loved visiting its grassy banks on weekends with friends, like so many others, and I found its presence calming. Now, after spending over two years immersed in everything bayou-related I could get my hands on, the bayou is a nothing less than a dear friend.

Infamous Educators: School Scandals Unveiled
Nov 10, 2017

Students and parents consider school a haven where children and young adults can immerse themselves in learning. Between the demands of academia and a mixture of personalities, there are plenty of troublemakers that have created drama on campuses across America.

The Bayou City's Cruiser
Nov 10, 2017

How could a history of a cruiser, even one named for Houston, be part of local Houston history? US cities have had US Navy warships named after them almost as long as there has been a United States Navy; from the frigate Boston in 1799 through the newly commissioning littoral combat ship Little Rock this year. Yet no city has had as an intense a relationship with a namesake ship as the city of Houston did with the first cruiser Houston.

Author Post: Buckhorn Mineral Baths & Wildlife Museum
Nov 10, 2017

Every February, thousands flee the long, icy fingers of winter for the balmy climes of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. The excuse often given is the start of an annual ritual known as the Cactus League, when 15 major league baseball teams assemble ahead of the upcoming baseball season for a month of spring training.

How I stopped Worrying about becoming an Author and Learned to love Arcadia.
Nov 10, 2017

After just over thirty years working at the Fort Sam Houston Museum, I received a call from Arcadia Publishing, asking if I’d be interested in writing a book for them about Fort Sam Houston.  I had written a series of monographs and pamphlets about this historic post for the Army but nothing for publication.  I said I was interested but had to check with the Army lawyers.  The lawyers said I could not profit from writing about matters related to my official duties until after I retired.  So, I advised Arcadia Publishing that I would think about it them know when I retired.

Author Post: Lost Restaurants of Knoxville
Nov 10, 2017

“What are you??” We were about a quarter way through one of my recent tours when a guest called out this question to me. Now in this part of Tennessee, that question might have been an opening for a merciless teasing - a way locals show their affection for one another. But I turned around to a very sober, serious inquiry from an out of town visitor. “Are you a historian?” He looked as if he had just had a rare snipe sighting. “Well, you might say I am an accidental historian,” I smiled. 

14 Best Small-Town Christmas Celebrations and Light Shows
Nov 9, 2017

Holiday lights, Christmas decorations, and imaginative displays illuminate small downtowns around the country. Many families look forward to driving around town, enjoying holiday music performances and sharing Christmas cheer with their townsfolk.    

Hidden Power: History of Secret Societies in America
Nov 8, 2017

Secret societies remain inconspicuous in the ledgers of global history. In America, a few secret organizations played significant roles in shaping the country’s evolution. These societies, comprised of national visionaries and public figures, harnessed a power that, for years, remained behind closed doors.

The Legend of the Disney World Time Capsule
Nov 7, 2017

It may surprise some readers of Florida Lore that although I do mention Disney several times in the book, I do not include any stories about either the Disney Company or the world-famous Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando. It’s not that I didn’t look for them. Although on one hand, I think the corporation is already too prominent by half in association with folklore, I knew people would be interested. But I just couldn’t find a good enough story that had been retold by several sources, which is part of the definition of folklore.

Area 51 History: Secrets Unveiled
Nov 3, 2017

Deep in the Nevada desert, about 180 km north of Las Vegas, lies a military base wrapped in a veil of conspiracy and mystery, known as Area 51. People often wonder what happened there and what purpose it serves today.

​America’s Largest Home: History of Biltmore Estate
Nov 1, 2017

Grand estates conjure up romantic images of ornate architecture, garden parties, lavish balls, and perfectly manicured gardens. The Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina is no exception. Encompassing a total area of 8,000 acres, this privately-owned estate, owned by the Vanderbilt family for over 100 years, includes all those features, and more. 

Five Life Lessons Learned on my 1,700 mile #DetourNebraska
Oct 20, 2017

In anticipation of writing my book, Detour Nebraska: Historical Destinations and Natural Wonders, I set out on a solo trip across Nebraska.  For four days, I made lots of stops and spent long days in the car.  1,700 miles later, I arrived home with a memory card full of pictures, having had such an enjoyable time.  These are the five lessons that I learned along the way.

City Spotlight: Finger Lakes, NY
Oct 19, 2017

The history of the Finger Lakes region in New York dates back nearly 2 million years. They were created as the result of a series of glacial flows that advanced and retreated across what is now New York State. The massive bodies of ice flowing south carved deep trenches in the earth as they inched past existing north-flowing streams and rivers, ultimately creating 11 natural lakes, known as the Finger Lakes.

MURDER IN VISALIA: The Coin Dealer Killer
Oct 13, 2017

Dealing in rare coins is not a common profession. When two coin dealers were robbed and murdered within two months of each other in Central California the police believed it was more than just a coincidence. The first murder occurred in Fresno and the second occurred some forty miles south in Visalia. The year was 1979 and the price of gold was fluctuating wildly. Small fortunes could be made by buying and selling at the right time. 

City Spotlight: Springfield, MA
Oct 11, 2017

Springfield, Massachusetts has a history which dates back to early colonial America. The original settlement was founded in 1635 by William Pynchon, one of the original patentees of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Pynchon ruled the colony autocratically until 1652, when he returned to England, following condemnation by the Massachusetts General Court for a book attacking the Calvinist doctrine of atonement. 

City Spotlight: New Orleans, LA
Oct 5, 2017

New Orleans boasts a rich and varied history, some of it even rooted in the haunted and paranormal. While we have a number of books which can inform you in depth about the spookier side things, for now we will focus on a brief history of New Orleans and European influence, then show you some amazing vintage photos of the port city.

​Evolution of the Coal Industry in America
Oct 4, 2017

As the nation deals with questions pertaining to climate change and energy independence, coal remains in the headlines. The coal industry in the United States has a long history, intertwined with the rise of the industrial economy and the emergence of labor unions.

Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Haunted Salem
Oct 4, 2017

We have a strange affinity for the unexplained – ghosts, spirits, and things that go bump in the night fascinate while also scaring the bejeezus out of us. Horror movies draw legions of fans anticipating shudders, screams, and outright terror. What if on screen becomes a reality?

How Natural Disasters Affect America’s Food Supply
Oct 4, 2017

During the farm mortgage crisis of the 1980s, a common bumper sticker affixed to the back of farm vehicles read “Don’t Complain About Farmers with Your Mouth Full.” The bumper sticker applied then and continues to apply in 2017.

Pioneers and Tycoons of the American Railway
Oct 4, 2017

In 1860, the railroad wars that raged for decades reached a climax. Despite modest developments in infrastructure, America remained a largely untamed expanse of land —challenging to navigate regardless of transportation method.

World Heritage Site: The Wonders of Yosemite National Park
Oct 4, 2017

The World Heritage Convention of UNESCO designates places as World Heritage Sites. Any manmade or natural wonder can be designated as a World Heritage Site if the international community considers it significant. The designation isn’t an empty honor; it comes with special protections.

Happy National Taco Day
Oct 4, 2017

It's National Taco Day here in the U.S. and to celebrate, we're sharing a story and a recipe from our book, Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day.

City Spotlight: Canton, OH
Sep 27, 2017

Canton, Ohio was founded by Bezaleel Wells in 1805. The community grew slowly during the early part of the nineteenth century, with only 300 residents by 1815. Two main reasons are cited for its slow economic development. First, during the late 1820’s, Ohio and Erie Canal planners offered to build the canal through Canton, but city officials and residents worried this would cause disease to spread. As a result, the canal was built through neighboring town, Massillon, whose residents reported improved health as a result. Second, the developers of the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad offered to build the track through Canton, in exchange for ten thousand dollars to be contributed to the line’s construction. Again, city officials declined, on the assumption that the developers would have to build the line through Canton regardless. Proven wrong once again, the railroad developers constructed the line 18 miles east of Canton, through Alliance, thus helping Alliance to prosper, while Canton continued to maintain its economic state. 

The Rise of Craft Coffee: A Culinary Experience in a Cup
Sep 26, 2017

People have used the coffee bean as an energy source for over a thousand years. The discovery of coffee originated in Ethiopia, and it quickly spread throughout the Middle East and Africa before making its way into Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The rise of craft coffee developed out of centuries-old love and appreciation for the humble bean.

​The Early History of Theme Parks in America
Sep 24, 2017

Since the 19th Century, Americans have flocked to amusement parks to explore family-friendly entertainment. In fact, many of us can conjure up childhood memories of the park’s signature snacks or the cheerful call of the carousel.

City Spotlight: Portland, OR
Sep 21, 2017

Portland, Oregon lies with the Columbia River to its East, while the Willamette River runs through it. It is Oregon’s largest city, and perhaps most iconic. Known as “The City of Roses”, Portland derives its nickname from the 1905 expedition of Lewis and Clark, in which it was observed that Portland maintained the perfect climate for growing roses.
 

​Classic Americana: Iconic Boardwalks of New England
Sep 19, 2017

Explore New England’s stunning rocky coastline, and you’ll find small sandy beaches with paths that lead to bays, boats and boardwalks. These boardwalks function as a playground for both residents and visitors, with scenic piers that extend over the water offering stunning views and local attractions.

City Spotlight: Bangor, ME
Sep 14, 2017

The history of Bangor, Maine is a humble one, which suits the equally humble town perfectly. The first known visitor to what would one day be Bangor, was a European gentleman named David Ingram. He sailed up the Penobscot River in the late 1500s, and believed the place he discovered to be Norumbega, the lost city of gold. Upon his return to Europe, Ingram reported finding a wealthy city whose streets were lined with gold, and tall buildings with casements of silver. Later, in 1604, encouraged by Ingram’s tale, Samuel de Champlain set sail for the lost city, only to discover an American-Indian tribe, the Tarrantines, with whom the Europeans later engaged in fur trading.

Labor Day & The Chicago Haymarket Affair
Sep 1, 2017

Q: What do seven German and English anarchist immigrants, an anarchist Civil War veteran from Texas and his mixed-race wife/anarchist/“rabble-rouser” have in common with a U.S. President from the Democratic Party?
A: Labor Day

City Spotlight: Palm Beach
Aug 29, 2017

With President Trump’s frequent visits to Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach so often in the news lately, we thought it would be a good time to showcase the splendor of Palm Beach, its history, and historic photos of the town.

City Spotlight: Richmond, VA
Aug 24, 2017

​Though Richmond, VA is facing considerable notoriety lately, in light of its Monument Avenue and involvement in both the Revolutionary and the US Civil War, its history is rich and varied. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of Confederate monuments, and their place in daily life, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not learning or revisiting the other reasons this city is great. Here we explore a brief history of Richmond through text and vintage photos.

Seven Can’t Miss Historical Sights in New York City
Aug 18, 2017

All around the globe, people list New York City among the greatest cities of the modern world. The city has a dynamic culture, with many different neighborhoods and ethnic groups contributing to the food, fashion, music, and art scenes throughout the five boroughs. 

Excerpt of Hudson Valley Wine: A History of Taste and Terroir
Aug 17, 2017

The Hudson Valley holds bragging rights as the birthplace of American wine. If you did not know, you are not alone. Agriculture is New York State’s economic engine, and grapes fuel that engine. The New York grape, grape juice and wine industry produces more than $4.8 billion in economic benefits annually.

Cape Cuisine: Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod
Aug 16, 2017

As one of the oldest settled areas of English colonial America, the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts maintains a rich and eventful history despite its relatively small geographic area. Once a region used predominantly for fishing and whaling, Cape Cod and its nearby islands boast a booming tourism industry in the modern era.

City Spotlight: Birmingham, AL
Aug 15, 2017

Birmingham, Alabama is generally best-known for 3 things: steel, the medical facility at UAB (University of Alabama – Birmingham) and its prominence in The Civil Rights Movement. Yet this great southern city has so much more to offer. Join us as we dive into a brief history of Birmingham, historic images of Birmingham, and more!

Hoosier State History: How Indiana Became the RV Capital of the World
Aug 11, 2017

While Elkhart, Indiana may be better known for its Amish community, this small town also carries the title for being the capital of Recreational Vehicle (RV) production in the United States. Thanks to the Hoosier spirit and innovative approach to travel, the RV explosion had its epicenter in this quiet community. 

Guest Post: Tony Renzoni on 'Connecticut Rock n' Roll: A History'
Aug 11, 2017

I was first introduced to rock ‘n’ roll music by my older brother Vince. When I was very young, Vince would bring home amazing records by such legends as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard. I have a vivid recollection of Vince playing Side A of the 45 rpm record and then, much to my amazement, he would flip the record over and play Side B. Because of this, I was not only introduced to the popular tunes that all the kids were talking about but also some wonderful songs that were not played on the radio. In addition to Jerry Lee’s “Breathless” I was introduced to “Down The Line” (Side B). Later on, I would carry on his tradition with records I purchased. So, for example, after playing the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love”, I would flip the record over and listen to “You Can’t Do That” (Side B).

Star Structures - 5 Famous Architectural Masterpieces in Los Angeles
Aug 9, 2017

Many consider Los Angeles the archetype of an American city with its world-renowned designs by famous architects. Legends like Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank O. Gehry, Rudolph Schindler, and Renzo Piano built stunning structures in this iconic city, but architects also designed solutions to address the issues of homelessness and urbanization in L.A.

City Spotlight: Lake Tahoe
Aug 8, 2017

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada, which straddles the border of California and Nevada. It was first “discovered” in 1844 by American explorers, John C. Fremont and Kit Carson. However, various artifacts confirm the presence of early Native Americans, dating back to a time when saber-toothed tigers and wooly mammoths roamed what is now Nevada Desert.

City Spotlight: Newport, RI
Aug 3, 2017

Mention of Newport, Rhode Island generally elicits thoughts of extravagant wealth: palatial mansions, mega-yachts, possibly even Taylor Swift. Yet the charming seaside town comes from rather modest colonial roots, and is home to citizens of all socioeconomic classes. Commonly considered New England’s summer resort, Newport has far more to offer than its desirable coastline and summer visitors. Before we explore the city as it is today, however, let’s have a brief look at the history of Newport. 

Top Towns for Street Food
Jul 31, 2017

Decades ago, the only street food available was a hot dog stand or two in most cities. In recent years, the food scene in many major cities has exploded and so has the popularity and availability of new types of street food.
Al fresco food is a culinary gem, and thanks to the pace of modern life, many of us eat on the run, grabbing virtually any type of food, any time of the day. Want to know where to go to taste some of these handmade delicacies?  Here are the top towns in the U.S. for innovative and delicious street food.

The Magic of the Maine Coast: Acadia National Park
Jul 28, 2017

Although the Maine Coast has plenty of attractions to keep you occupied, most people find that the splendors of Acadia National Park inevitably draw them in to stop and explore. Rolling sea waves meet the dark-green mountains at Acadia, providing a veritable treasure trove of wonderful sights and experiences, all just waiting to be discovered.

City Spotlight: Lake of the Ozarks
Jul 26, 2017

With the release of Netflix’s newest gripping thriller, Ozark, we thought it would be fun to showcase the lake on which the show’s residents live and work, the Lake of the Ozarks and the surrounding area, as this week’s city spotlight. 

Summer in the Park: The Incredible History of the Gettysburg Battlefield
Jul 21, 2017

All regions have their own personalities, and southern Pennsylvania is no different. Until late June 1863, few if any anticipated that Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, would become the site of the greatest battle fought in North America. The Army of the Potomac, under George G. Meade, headed north in pursuit of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ultimately resulting in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

Guest Post: Along Route 6 in Massachusetts
Jul 20, 2017

What was once a Native American trail on Cape Cod for centuries, would one day be part of the longest highway in America. Beginning in Provincetown, the road would twist, turn, and run in various compass directions along the bay side of the Cape.  It starts in Provincetown, where in the late months of 1620 a mixed community of separatists and opportunists on board the Mayflower first eyed the New World. 
 

City Spotlight: Salem, MA
Jul 18, 2017

Salem, Massachusetts is a town located 16 miles north of Boston, on Salem Bay Harbor. It was incorporated in 1626 by Roger Conant, and was the second oldest settlement in New England. It’s theorized that the town’s name is the shortened form of the biblical term, Jerusalem, meaning “City of Peace.” Ironically, Salem, or “Witch City” is perhaps best known for an albeit brief period of extreme religious intolerance, during which the infamous Salem Witch Trials occurred.

Testimonial Tuesday: Westland
Jul 18, 2017

Students know their history. On May 26, I had the opportunity to speak to the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at the Edison Elementary School in Westland. It was my pleasure to share some of my knowledge of the history of Westland with these young scholars.

New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History
Jul 17, 2017

Very early on in the process of researching this book, I realized something rather significant: Writing a history of coffee in New York City is like writing a history of the city itself. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that almost no other single thing—not pizza, not egg creams, not The New York Times—so completely captures the conglomerate that makes “New York City” what it is.

​Jazz on Cape Cod: From Colombo to the Columns
Jul 17, 2017

“Jazz on Cape Cod: From Colombo to the Columns” is the story of a special place and a special group of people.
I am a lifelong jazz fan and when I came to Cape Cod in the early 1980s I immediately realized that there was something special going on here. There was a lot of jazz going on, played by first-rate musicians.

Iconic American Rails to Explore This Summer
Jul 14, 2017

If you enjoy traveling, but think exciting journeys are a plane ride away, consider traveling by rail this summer. Since the 19th century, many have enjoyed this romantic yet practical way to tour the countryside. You can relax, take in the sights and even reflect on the history of rail travel during our nation’s push westward in the post-Civil War era and beyond.

Iconic Images: Charleston, SC
Jul 11, 2017

For our new Iconic Images City Spotlight Series, we decided to start with what we know and love best, our hometown of Charleston, SC. We love this city so much that we decided to base our company here all those years ago, and now we want to share with you some of the city's most iconic locations, and images from both past and present. Plus, if you're planning a visit, we've included some helpful travel tips to ensure you make the most out of your trip to "The Holy City."

Five Iconic American Lighthouses to Visit this Summer
Jul 7, 2017

For many Americans, lighthouses have an enduring appeal. These beacons act not only as guideposts for sailors, but also as reminders of a simpler past, one without satellite navigation and advanced technology.
Are they romanticized? Definitely — and for a good reason. Gazing at any lighthouse, your mind wanders to thoughts such as ships seeking safe harbor in a storm or an independent person manning the post as its keeper.

​The Ultimate Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge
Jun 21, 2017

On June 21st, it’s time to celebrate the summer solstice, the day that marks the beginning of our favorite season. It’s also the longest day of the year, the day when the sun hits the highest position in the sky in our hemisphere. This results in the longest period of daylight of the entire year.

Our Lingering Fascination with True Crime
Jun 16, 2017

The 10-part true crime documentary, The Making of a Murderer, had America completely enthralled when it debuted on Netflix in December 2015. Not only were people unable to look away from the fascinating story of convicted criminal, Steven Avery, but they also found themselves still immersed in the storyline even after they turned off the television. As a result, social media blew up for months on end with conversation and debate.

​The Enduring Legacy of Juneteenth: Life After Emancipation
Jun 16, 2017

We all observe Martin Luther King Day and express our gratitude for Dr. King’s incredible accomplishments with a day of service. We also recognize Black History Month as a great opportunity to celebrate the monumental accomplishments of African American leaders, activists and visionaries. However, few people think about Juneteenth as a day to commemorate.

Omaha Beach Then and Today: Remembering D-Day
Jun 8, 2017

Some dates are burned into the American memory because of historical significance. For instance, we can’t reference July 4th without instantly thinking of our nation’s birth. We can’t see the date September 11th and not remember the terrible tragedies that occurred that day in 2001.

Fenway Park: The Scene of Joy and Heartbreak
Jun 1, 2017

Fenway Park is much more than just a famous American ballpark. It’s so iconic that it’s become the stuff of legend over the years. Anyone who has made the trip there will agree that history of baseball isn’t complete without the story of Fenway Park.

Testimonial Tuesday: Discovering My Grandfather's Photo
May 30, 2017

The reason that I am contacting you regarding your fantastic book (Sacramento Indomitable City) is that it has personally touched and changed my family and I in a very personal way.
 I initially purchased your book last year when I came across it last year and thumbing through it at Costco. I immediately could tell that it gives a great history of Sacramento and thought it would be a great way to read about our own history.

Testimonial Tuesday: 'Orlando: City of Dreams'
May 23, 2017

I am sending this email to express my compliments to both Joy Wallace Dickinson and Arcadia Publishing for the excellent book "Orlando: City of Dreams" by Joy Wallace Dickinson. This is a truly excellent book, I originally checked this book out from my local public library and I was very impressed by its excellent explanation of the history of Orlando, I learned a lot from this book and I also enjoyed the nice historical photos. I am very glad this book was published and I hope this book will continue to be sold in bookstores so I can purchase this excellent book. Congratulations to both the author, all the editors, and the publisher for this excellent and very successful book.

8 Iconic Baseball Stadiums to Visit This Year
May 18, 2017

Is there anything that represents a perfect, all-American summer day better than an afternoon at the ballpark? Have you ever taken the time to think about why? It’s not whether your team wins or loses that makes the day. It’s the ballpark experience itself—everything from the taste of the hot dogs to the sounds in the stadium.   
Each ballpark brings its own unique atmosphere to the table as well. This summer, why not indulge your inner baseball fan with a trip to some of America’s most iconic institutions? Make sure the following all make your list.

Testimonial Tuesday: Hudson's National Guard Militia
May 16, 2017

​I recently completed the Arcadia book "Hudson's National Guard Militia" with Bill Verdone as the principal author.  He spent a lot of time and effort gathering together the pictures and history of the unit that he once served as their commander, and was very excited to work with me converting that collection into an Arcadia book.  About 2 weeks ago, the first issue of that book finally arrived and made it into his hands, and he was one very happy fellow.

​The Beer Nirvana in Portland, Oregon
May 9, 2017

Do you love nothing better than discovering a truly amazing craft beer? Would a trip to beer nirvana really make your summer? If so, Portland needs to be on your road trip radar. Portland boasts more breweries than any other city in the entire world. Plus, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from other fantastic brewing destinations along the picturesque Oregon coast. Think Eugene, Bend, and Hood River, to name just a few!
Best of all, Portland’s beer scene is constantly growing and evolving. That means there’s always something new to see and enjoy, even for someone who’s visited this iconic beer town in the past. The following are just a few of the essential breweries you can’t leave Portland without visiting.

​Crowd Pleasing Dishes for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations
May 5, 2017

In America, Cinco de Mayo has a lot in common with St. Patrick’s Day. Both holidays are rooted in authentic celebrations of ethnic and cultural heritage. People of all cultural backgrounds have embraced both occasions with open arms over the years, turning them into mainstream celebrations with the ability to appeal to everyone.

7 Creative Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day
May 3, 2017

Mother’s Day falls on May 14th this year. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with giving the standard bouquet of flowers and a card, many people want to choose a more unique to celebrate the day. After all, your mom is one of a kind! She deserves to be honored in a way that’s as special and amazing as she is.
The following are just a few suggestions for making Mother’s Day a little more creative this year. Don’t be afraid to personalize them or allow them to inspire new ideas of your own.

The End of the Greatest Show on Earth
May 1, 2017

After 146 years, the famed Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will fold its tent in May 2017. The closing of this venerable institution marks the end of an important chapter in the history of American popular entertainment. Ringling’s “greatest show on Earth” has thrilled generations of audiences around the United States. It’s hard to imagine childhood without at least one chance to experience this dazzling production with its star-studded cast of elite performers.

5 Earth Day Activities for the Entire Family
Apr 22, 2017

Although we ought to be mindful of nature and the environment every day, Earth Day is a wonderful reason to really focus on what a treasure our planet is. It’s a great reason to spend the day with your family appreciating Mother Nature. And it’s the perfect time to start teaching important eco-friendly values to your children as well.
This April 22nd, commemorate the occasion by engaging in some fun, family-friendly activities that engage the entire household. The following are just a few suggestions to consider.

​7 Creative Ways to Honor Poetry Month in April
Apr 13, 2017

National Poetry Month sprung to life in 1996, thanks to the Academy of American Poets. Since then, it’s quickly become one of the largest, most widely celebrated literary events in the entire world, and with good reason. Poets and poetry are an essential part of our collective culture, and everyone could benefit to know more about this expressive form of literature.

Cheers to Pittsburgh Drinks!
Apr 11, 2017

In honor of our new book, Pittsburgh Drinks, a couple of our team members got together to make one of the book's heritage cocktails. Read on for the recipe and photos from the impromptu mixology lesson!

10 Steps for Exploring the Exciting History of Your Family Tree
Apr 11, 2017

Some people develop an interest in tracing the history of their family tree for very specific reasons. Others hop right in almost on a whim without giving it a lot of previous thought. Whatever the case may be for you, you’ll be happy that you took the initiative.

It’s only natural to be curious about where you come from and to want to learn the unique story of your own family tree. Genealogy research also comes alongside many other benefits. For instance, studying your family’s history and origins can make it possible for you to:

​Bringing Peace to the World: WWI Centennial Commemoration on April 6, 2017
Apr 6, 2017

Once known as the “Great War,” World War I remains an unprecedented event in history. Previous wars failed to inform and prepare countries for the terrible conflict that ensued after the summer of 1914. Everyone hoped and prayed for a decisive victory. However, one unexpected event occurred after another, permanently altering both Europe and Western culture by the end of the war in 1918.

​5 Arbor Day Activities for the Whole Family
Apr 5, 2017

This April 28th, it’s time once again to celebrate Arbor Day in America. As a holiday, Arbor Day honors the importance of trees in our natural world. Arbor Day also offers an amazing opportunity to connect with your family and engage in meaningful, enjoyable activities that everyone can enjoy. If you’re not sure how you want to observe the day, consider the following suggestions to spark your inspiration.

This Week One Hundred Years Ago: America Enters World War I
Apr 2, 2017

Although it wasn’t so long ago, American have mostly forgotten the history and the people and the places of World War I. A centennial event is a great time to learn about things we should have known in the first place—this is how it was for me, when I wrote New Haven in World War I for The History Press. Thanks to all of the activities surrounding the centennial event both here and across the world, some of these stories are coming back into the light, and deservedly so. New Haven, a small city on Long Island Sound, played a part in these events, and in turn, was deeply affected, which I tried to document in my book. Some of these things are more known, such as Stubby, the brown and white bulldog-type mutt who was smuggled across the Atlantic in the coat of a corporal, and who went to the front with the 26th “Yankee” Division, and the exercise regimens designed by Walter Camp, the “father” of American football and the use of rifles and cartridges made by Winchester, the company famous for the “gun that won the west.” 

6 Amazing West Coast Destinations To Visit For Spring Break
Apr 1, 2017

April is a popular month for spring break vacations for youth and adults alike. The cold winter snow is melting, the plants are beginning to bloom, and animals are preparing to mate. This month we’re going to explore popular vacation destinations and adventures all over the country. Today we’re starting with great spots to check out on the West coast of the United States.

​Celebrating the Return of Baseball Season
Mar 31, 2017

When you’re a sports fan, the advent of spring is about a whole lot more than better weather, singing birds, and the return of spring flowers. It’s also a sure sign that it’s almost baseball season again. Opening Day is always highly anticipated, and now it’s right around the corner.

​10 Best April Fool’s Day Pranks of All Time
Mar 30, 2017

If you’re a natural prankster, the chances are pretty good that you look forward to April Fool’s Day every single year, and with good reason. An amiable prank is a great way to honor the spirit of spring by enjoying a laugh or two in good fun.

The Inspiration Behind 'Lost Buxton'
Mar 27, 2017


My first glimpse of what remained of Buxton, Iowa came in 2008.  Standing in the middle of farmland, gazing at the crumbling ruins of a stone warehouse, I closed my eyes and tried to picture the amazing town that once was – a thriving coal mining town established in 1900 that was integrated, its 5,000 residents, of which 55% were African American, living and working side by side. I tried to see the company store, filled with quality goods brought by rail from Chicago, New York, and St. Louis.

​Dorothea Dix – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 25, 2017

Dorothea Lynde Dix was born in Hampden, Maine, on April 4, 1802. She had a difficult child as the daughter of a mother who suffered frequent bouts of depression and an alcoholic father. Despite this adversity, she took charge as the primary caretaker of her younger brothers. Then at the age of 12, she left home to live and study at the home of her affluent grandmother.

Bessie Coleman – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 24, 2017

Defying the odds of gender and race expectations of her time, Bessie Coleman became the first civilian-licensed African-American pilot in the world. This women’s history month, we celebrate the determination that drove her to pursue and achieve her dream. 

Clara Barton – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 23, 2017

Clara Barton was an educator, nurse and humanitarian who supported a number of war efforts throughout her life. She is most notably credited with founding the American Red Cross. Read on as we honor her life and achievements this women’s history month!

Sandra Day O’Connor – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 22, 2017

Sandra Day O’Connor, now 87, is best known for serving as the very first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, beginning at the age of 51. She served for 24 years before retiring to take care of her husband, whose health was declining. Read on as we explore her contributions to the political climate in the United States. 

Helen Keller – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 21, 2017

Helen Keller is best known for her ability, with the help of her tutor, Anne Sullivan, to excel despite deafness and blindness, such that she not only graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe, but went on to publish a number of important texts on social issues. What’s less known is her efforts on behalf of the underprivileged and the rights of women. Read on as we explore the lesser known story of Helen Keller’s life. 

Sally Ride - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 20, 2017

Sally Ride is both the youngest woman to enter space, as well as the first American woman to enter space. After her career in aeronautics, she started the organization Sally Ride Science to encourage like-minded girls and young women to pursue their interest in math and science.

 

Amelia Earhart - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 19, 2017

Amelia Earhart is widely regarded to be one of the most famous pilots in history. Not only did she break a number of records in her career as an aviator, but she sought to diffuse social stigmas about appropriate career paths for women.

 

Tori Morrison - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 18, 2017

Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison has earned fame and acclaim through her published works on black experience, notably female black experience, within the black community. Among her best-known novels are The Bluest Eye and Beloved.

 

Marie Curie - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 17, 2017

Amid blatant sexism and regular denigration of her contributions to science, Marie Curie made history in her discovery of not one, but two elements, polonium and radium. She was also the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, and remains the only woman in history to hold two Nobel Prizes.

Noor Inayat Khan – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 16, 2017

 
Noor Inayat Khan, codenamed “Madeleine,” served in the WWII resistance network Prosper, as a British spy. Though she was later captured and executed in a concentration camp, she earned recognition for her efforts and bravery in the face of the Nazis.

Malala Yousafzai – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 15, 2017

Malala Yousafzai is a young activist who campaigns loudly and effectively for the right of women to earn an education. Unperturbed by an assassination attempt on her life by the Taliban, the now 20 year old young woman speaks around the world on behalf of subjugated women and girls. 

Margaret Thatcher – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 14, 2017

Political pioneer and staunch conservative, Thatcher’s divisive political policies continue to elicit heated debates, even after her death. While some see her as having saved Britain from economic decline, others believe she destroyed the livelihoods of millions of workers. Read on as we aim to understand more fully her life, both professionally and politically.

Betty Friedan – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 13, 2017

Betty Friedan is most known for her book, The Feminine Mystique, which explores the idea of women finding fulfillment outside the home. However, she also had a profound impact on women’s rights, working in favor of extending them in a variety of areas.
 

Digging into Louisiana’s Culinary Melting Pot: An Interview with Dixie Poché
Mar 12, 2017

What motivates you to write?
I love to read a variety of books – history, mysteries, Civil War diaries, cookbooks to “lose” myself in other settings. Writing has given me an outlet to express myself as well as a way to hold on to memories. I’ve done travel writing through the years which has given me an avenue to learn about other areas. 

Billie Jean King - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 11, 2017

Billie Jean King can rightfully be described as a visionary and innovator, as well as an indisputable tennis champion. Though she is best-known for her prowess on the tennis court, she also actively campaigns on behalf of the LGBT community. 

Gloria Steinem – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 10, 2017

Gloria Steinem is widely recognized as one of the great feminists of our time. Working alongside other prominent feminists, such as Bella Abzug and Betty Friedan, she is credited as an acclaimed trailblazer for women’s rights, working both as an activist and a journalist, for the benefit of the cause.

Simone de Beauvoir – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 9, 2017

Simone de Beauvoir is largely lauded for her radical book, Le Deuxième Sexe 2 vol., or in English, The Second Sex. However, her lifelong relationship with philosopher Jean Paul Sartre is tied to her biography with nearly equal acclaim, as it too was radical for the time during which they lived.

Texas Big Wigs: A Preview of The Most Texas Texans in Texas History
Mar 9, 2017

Texas is a different kind of place. It was born out of its own revolution that in many ways parallels the American Revolution. Texas heroes like Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and William B. Travis have their names plastered on schools, public buildings and highways in the same way Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin celebrated throughout the US. This unique heritage for Texas resulted in the formation of a particular mind-set for Texans that some call swagger. A Texas truism says to never ask a stranger if he’s from Texas. If he is he’ll tell you, if he isn’t you don’t want to embarrass him.
 

11 Legendary Rivalries in College Basketball
Mar 9, 2017

There’s no doubt that college basketball is exciting to watch. Whether it’s the pride that washes over you when your alma mater scores a point or the adrenaline rush during the final seconds of a particularly intense game, it’s all part of what keeps you coming back year after year.

"Coco" Chanel - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 8, 2017

Today’s notable woman in history is Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. While her story is a marked deviation from previous tales of suffragettes and activists, Chanel’s role in the evolution of women’s fashion, and ultimately women’s lives, cannot be discounted. Globally, fashion continues to be a multi-billion dollar industry, and though her meager start began just over a hundred years ago, her impact on the industry and women’s fashion endures.

A Brief History of Makeup in Hollywood
Mar 7, 2017

Anyone who has purchased or applied a beauty product to their face within the last 90 years, be it moisturizer, sun block, exfoliant, blush, lipstick and the like, chances are, you’ve got Max Factor to thank for it. 

Emmeline Pankhurst – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 7, 2017

While we’ve already discussed 2 notable American women who fought for woman suffrage (Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony), we wanted to take some time to share the story of British suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst. Pankhurst is best-known for her militant campaigning strategy. Though opinions may differ on whether this was the best strategy, in the end, it worked. Let’s take an inside look at her life and the road to woman suffrage in Britain!

Baseball in Montgomery
Mar 6, 2017

  Baseball in Montgomery has been a long time coming. I found the Montgomery history more difficult to obtain than that of other southern cities. Montgomery’s history was complicated by having played in seven different professional baseball leagues, using thirteen different team names; and spending forty-one years of its baseball timeline of 125 years without any professional baseball. What kind of history could come from such a fragmented past? Fortunately for me I quickly unearthed several long forgotten stories that would give me the enthusiasm to see this project to completion. Montgomery baseball has five unique and very interesting stories in its baseball history.

Susan B Anthony - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 5, 2017

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 and raised in a Quaker household. After the failure of her father’s business in the 1830’s, her family’s farm became a meeting place for members of the abolitionist movement and she developed from an early age a strong moral code.  Famous abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass were known to visit the home.

An Interview with Images of America: Meteor Crater author, Neal F. Davis
Mar 4, 2017

What motivates you to write?
My primary the site motivation for writing is meeting all the people, their individual stories and connection to the story and, of course, the education. This included all the traveling and meeting the various sources as the story becomes a “living” book of information and knowledge. My motto for this project was/is, “never stop learning.”

Mary Wollstonecraft - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 3, 2017

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer who dedicated her life’s work to advancing the rights of women. Born in 1759 to an abusive father who made several failed business ventures, Mary left home at the age of 21, following the unsettling death of her mother. 

How the West was Jailed: A taste of Kansas’ iron-barred past
Mar 3, 2017

​In the 1850s, pioneers of the westward expansion settled in the Great Plains. Kansas Territory would soon become the battleground to a pre-Civil War over the issue of slavery. Bloodshed was impetuous and criminals were plentiful. Bushwhackers, horse thieves, and murderers were typically restrained by armed guards in military encampments; if they weren’t strung up by a lynch mob first. In Leavenworth and other early townships, wooden structures made of hand hewn logs became the first jails in the state.
 

The No-Nonsense Legend from the Cleburne Railroaders: A spotlight on one of the stories in February’s release of Cleburne Baseball
Mar 2, 2017

What do you call the greatest center fielder of all time? How about Spoke. Tris Speaker is without a doubt the greatest center fielder to ever play baseball. Almost a century after he hung up his spikes, he still owns several major league records. While his skills with a bat and glove are legendary, I think it was his character that made him a great man. And it is why those who knew him the best simply called him Spoke.

Cleopatra - Notable Women in History Series
Mar 1, 2017

​Cleopatra may be best-known for her immense beauty and powers of seduction, but there’s far more to her story. However, it is prudent to note that there lies some doubt as to the precise details of her biography, as no contemporary accounts of her life exist. Much of what is known about her is the result of the work of Greco-Roman scholars, particularly Plutarch.

Queen Elizabeth I – Notable Women in History Series
Mar 1, 2017

Queen Elizabeth I has a story many are familiar with, no doubt due in great part to the actions of her infamous father, King Henry VIII of England. Her mother, Anne Boleyn is known for being beheaded by her then husband, King Henry, on questionable charges of adultery and conspiracy. 

Impassioning Writing: How I Became Hooked on the Case of Floyd Loveless
Feb 28, 2017

History and true crime, is there a better topic to write about? Is there a better topic to read about? As a historian and a true crime buff, I doubt it. But then again, I am drawn to historical crime… and punishment, punishment that was much more severe than that handed out today. Cold blooded killers like Bonnie and Clyde and Baby Face Nelson never got their day in court, they were gunned down in the streets by officers of the law years before the words Miranda Rights would mean anything. This was during the great depression, a different world. There was no middle ground, the law was less compassionate. Hardened criminals such as Bonnie, Clyde and Baby Face, lived by the gun and died by the gun. No questions asked.
 

The 10 Most Popular Surnames in the U.S.
Feb 27, 2017

According to data gathered from the 2010 Census, a post from the U.S. Census Bureau last December shares the top 10 most common surnames in the U.S. by race and Hispanic origin. This post also included a link comparing the most popular surnames of 2010 against the 2000 and 1990 censuses. Although the top 3 names haven’t changed in the last 30 years, the others start trading places a bit. Read on as we explore the top 10 most popular surnames in the U.S. and their meaning.

The American Textile Worker
Feb 24, 2017

Manufacturing has been an important part of the American economy since the late 1800s.  Throughout the Southeast textile mills were established to create jobs for local workers and to keep investments in the community.  Places that were once dominated by an agrarian economy transformed into industrial powerhouses that brought changes to the community and local workers.  People across the country left farms and small towns to work in vastly different industrial environments for a steady paycheck year round.

The Heritage of Hoodoo in Memphis
Feb 24, 2017

 The practice of Hoodoo, a set of folk practices incorporating magic, spirituality and healing has a distinct heritage in the Memphis and Mid-South region. For hundreds of years the use of roots, herbs and charms have been a fixture in the Bluff City. It’s earliest presence seen in the late 1800s as Africans who were taken as slaves were taken from their homeland and relocated throughout the Mississippi Delta. After years of struggling to survive amidst racial violence and segregation the culture of hoodoo has managed to maintain a presence in Memphis.

Why Do We Remain So Fascinated With Moonshine?
Feb 24, 2017

 North Carolina is known for such famous people as Ava Gardner, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Michael Jordan, Thomas Wolfe, Andy Griffith, Billy Graham,  Ric Flair and Dean Smith and such things as tobacco, furniture, bar-b-cue, NASCAR, basketball,  Hardee’s, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Pepsi Cola and last but not least moonshine. Why is gritty moonshine included in this list of famous North Carolina people, places and activities?

The Great Locomotive Chase Inspires 'A History of Georgia Railroads'
Feb 22, 2017

One of my earliest remembrances as a child was when my father would take me from Philadelphia to New York City to see the Yankees play.  And while seeing Mickey Mantle play was impressive, equally impressive was the means we used to get there - travel on the Pennsylvania Railroad.  The first time I ever saw the famous Pennsy GG-1 pulling into a station left an impression of awe that is still with me today.

Montgomery’s Civil Heritage Trail – A History and a Guide
Feb 22, 2017

​The President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, delivered his inaugural address from the steps of the Alabama State Capitol Building on February 18, 1861. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965 from the very same steps. Both spoke with the passion of their times, as leaders of their national conflicts from the Alabama Capitol Building steps almost 100 years apart. One might consider this juxtaposition of opposites as a theme of the Civil Heritage Trail in Montgomery, Alabama. It is thought provoking, to say the least, that two of the most transformative movements in American history began in a relatively small town in Central Alabama.

Coweta County: A Brief History
Feb 22, 2017

Some things we just don’t talk about.
In Coweta County, Georgia, the Atlanta suburb where I live, items that fall under this category might include slavery, segregation, the Textile Strike of 1934, and most assuredly the public spectacle lynching of Sam Hose that occurred just north of the town of Newnan, our county seat, on April 23, 1899.

A Cause Worth Dying For: The Story of The Grimke Sisters
Feb 21, 2017

Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Grimke Weld (1805-1879) were two sisters born 13 years apart who shared the deep-seated belief that slavery was not a condition which any human should have to abide. In their fight to end slavery, they came to be strong believers in the importance of equality between men and women, thus becoming prominent speakers for women’s rights as well. Read on as we delve into the lives of two women who were early and prominent activists for abolition and women’s rights.

Connecting While Disconnected
Feb 17, 2017

With so many electronic devices these days, it can be difficult to truly connect to one another.  So many people put down their smartphones, turn off their TVs and computers, and then say, “Now what?”  Here are some fun ideas for ways to connect with your family -- children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews -- and friends.

5 Amazing Bucket List Trips
Feb 17, 2017

Ready to plan your next getaway?  Why not cross something off your bucket list?  Here are five absolutely amazing destinations that should be on any traveler’s bucket list.

The Rising Popularity of Vintage Devices
Feb 17, 2017

Earlier this week, a leak reported that Nokia plans to unveil an old favorite, 17 years old to be precise, the Nokia “brick phone.” While it’s reasonable to suppose that this is just an affordable option for those that want the convenience of a simple, portable phone, without the high price tag and breakability, we wondered, is this in fact a nod to the rising popularity of other vintage devices? Read on as we explore this trend.

 

The Oroville Dam: Doomed to Fail or Just Poor Timing?
Feb 16, 2017

The Oroville Dam, located on the Feather River in California, is the largest dam in the United States. It is also the tallest, towering over the Hoover dam by a considerable 40 feet, and one of the highest in the world. Unlike the Hoover dam however, it is an earthfill dam, as opposed to concrete construction. Like many other dams across the United States, construction began in the early sixties and it was finally ready for use in 1968.
 

The Procrastinator's Guide for Where to Play & Stay This Valentine's Day
Feb 10, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together the procrastinator’s guide to planning the perfect vacation for your sweetheart. This is the ultimate guide on where to play and where to stay this Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded up 7 romantic destinations across the country that offer not only beautiful views, but fun things to do, to help you plan an unforgettable Valentine’s Weekend Getaway.
 

The Enduring Imprint of New Orleans Brass Bands
Feb 3, 2017

When you picture the art and culture associated with New Orleans, the sight and sound of the city’s signature brass bands probably tops the list, and with good reason. After all, true New Orleans natives never pass up an opportunity to have a parade, which is never complete without a brass band. Brass bands are an important part of events like jazz funerals, city festivals, and more.

Rescued from history: The baseball teams of East Los Angeles
Feb 2, 2017

If you spend enough time getting to know a city, you’ll notice official and unofficial monuments of its history. On rare occasions, you might catch sight of grown men in crisp white and sky-blue uniforms kicking up clouds of dust at the diamond on 4th Street and Evergreen Avenue. This is part of the lesser known piece of Los Angeles history captured in “Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles.” The book’s photos and stories are drawn from the Latino Baseball History Project archive, permanently housed in the CSU San Bernardino library. This book is part of a series by Arcadia Publishing that enables authors to turn personal snapshots, historical photos and archive materials into paperback books with a regional emphasis.

The Rich Heritage of Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Feb 1, 2017

Millions of people all across America consider Mardi Gras to be cause for celebration, but no place does Mardi Gras quite like New Orleans. The Big Easy is home to some of the most astonishing, famous public festivities every single year. It’s also considered the place to come celebrate, drawing tourists and adventurous spirits from all over the world.

6 Signature Foods for Celebrating Mardi Gras
Jan 30, 2017

It goes almost without saying that Mardi Gras is a major event if you live in New Orleans. People will pass out beautiful colored beads and soak up the unforgettable atmosphere that will permeate the city on February 28th this year. They’ll also gather to enjoy an overabundance of food and drink one last time before Lent begins the following day.

5 Meaningful Way to Honor President’s Day This Year
Jan 24, 2017

For many, President’s Day is simply a reason to enjoy a long weekend away from the office. For others, it’s a day to hit the mall and check out all the specials their favorite department stores are running. In reality, it should be a day to honor those that have led our country over the past 200+ years, especially George Washington, as President’s Day is the federal celebration of his birthday.

9 Fun Facts About Groundhog Day
Jan 19, 2017

If you’re the sort of person who has absolutely had enough of winter, cold, and snow by the time February rolls around, you probably also hope the famous Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow on February 2nd. According to folklore, a cloudy Groundhog Day on which the groundhog can’t see his shadow after coming out of hibernation signifies spring weather that will arrive before the equinox. A shadow, on the other hand, means six more weeks of winter.

CELEBRATING THE TIMELESS VALUES AND VISION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING
Jan 10, 2017

When you think of Martin Luther King, what are the first things that spring to mind? If you’re like most, you think of someone who made the world a better place, not just for people of color but for all people. You picture someone whose very name is synonymous with concepts like courage, justice, and love. Of course, you think of that incredible “I Have a Dream” speech and everything that it stood for and still does stand for today.

7 Traditional Foods to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Dec 29, 2016

People all over the world commemorate the start of the New Year by cooking, eating, and sharing foods considered to be lucky in their culture. American southerners dine on collard greens and black-eyed peas because of their resemblance to money. Germans love pork sausage and sauerkraut, while Swedes enjoy large smorgasbords filled with various seafood options.

5 Meaningful Ways to Raise Poverty Awareness
Dec 26, 2016

Helping the poor is something many of us consider important, and it’s something we could all contribute more. However, learning about poverty, who it effects, and how you can help is one thing. Actually raising enough awareness to inspire other people to get involved is quite another.

Celebrate National Book Blitz Month with Beloved American Authors
Dec 22, 2016

This January will find millions of Americans looking to get 2017 off to the best possible start in a number of different ways. January is a great month to sign up for a gym membership and work on getting in better shape. It’s a good time to become more generous and start giving to charity more often.

5 Spiritual Rituals to Issue in the New Year
Dec 15, 2016

As we say good-bye to the old year and prepare to welcome whatever the new one brings our way, it only makes sense to want to mark the transition in some way. Some of us do that by throwing a party or making a list of New Year’s resolutions for the year to come. However, it’s important to understand that these aren’t the only ways to ring in the New Year with style.

5 Non-Traditional and Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas
Dec 13, 2016

If you’re like most people, Christmas was probably the pinnacle of your entire year when you were a kid. Everything, from your family’s Christmas tree to the much-anticipated presents on Christmas morning, was nothing short of magic. However, as time rolls on and adulthood sets in, the holiday season can lose some of that sparkle you remember.

6 Classic Holiday TV Specials the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Dec 9, 2016

The holiday season can mean many things to many people. However, when you’re a family person, it’s about spending plenty of quality time with loved ones of all ages. Sitting down together to enjoy your favorite holiday TV specials all over again is, of course, a must.

8 Historic Churches to Visit This Holiday Season
Dec 6, 2016

For millions of Americans, the holiday season isn’t just about roast turkey, Christmas trees, and piles of presents. It’s also still very much a religious affair. For those people, the holiday season just wouldn’t be complete without staples like holiday devotions, seasonal scripture readings, or midnight mass.

Nathanael Greene: America's Forgotten Revolutionary War General
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.

U.S. Life-Saving Service—Florida’s East Coast
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.

Great Book Gifts for Travel Enthusiasts, History Buffs, and the Culinary Inclined
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.

Gift Guide for History Buffs
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.

5 Christmas Food Traditions from Around the World
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?

America’s Fascination with the Mob
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?

Remarkable Women of Sanibel and Captiva
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.”

Patrick AFB
Nov 22, 2016

Author Roger McCormick shares with us about Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Author Spotlight: Erika Thomas
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... 

5 Secrets of the Presidential Turkey Pardon
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.

The History of Black Friday
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?

Author Spotlight: Joseph R. Haynes
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.

A Brief History of Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions
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.

8 National Parks to Visit to Enjoy the Fall Foliage
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.

10 Amazing Harvest Festivals from Around the World
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

8 Favorite Thanksgiving TV Specials Well Worth a Re-Watch
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.

6 Thanksgiving Inspirations for Vegetarians
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?”)

5 Top Thanksgiving Events in America
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.

Americas Scariest Towns: Spotlight on New Orleans
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.

Chicago City Guide
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.

Visiting Raleigh-Durham
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.

10 Scariest Movies from the 1990s
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?

A Museum of Macabre: Mutter Museum (PA)
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.

6 Bone-Chilling Overnight Trips to America’s Most Haunted Places
Oct 3, 2016

If you’re planning a vacation this Halloween and think a little amateur ghost hunting would be a great way to celebrate the season, you’re in excellent company. According to a 2013 Harris poll, roughly 42% of all Americans believe in ghosts. Many even believe they’ve seen a ghost or otherwise had a paranormal experience.

Stories from St. Louis Cemetery: The City of the Dead
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.

10 Popular Halloween Costumes from 1996
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.

The 6 Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in America
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?

5 Awesome College Football Traditions (and How They Began)
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. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the Inspiring Life of Hector Garcia
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.

Why Was the National Park Service Created?
Aug 12, 2016

  Can any of us really picture America the Beautiful without also instantly picturing such majestic places as the Yosemite, Yellowstone, or the Grand Canyon? National parks have been part of ...

The 6 Best Summer Food Festivals of 2016
Aug 4, 2016

  Ask people what they look forward to the most about summer, and each person will have a different answer for you: Day trips to the beach, pool parties, and trips to the theater to see the l...

Detroit City Guide Start Planning Your Own Trip to The Motor City
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.

A Tribute to Florida’s Veterans
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.

Who Were the 100 Most Influential People in American History and Why?
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?

Why It’s Important That We Study History
Jun 18, 2016

  When most of us think back to our childhood school days, we can also remember at least a handful of kids who thought history class was a drag. To them, history just seemed like a jumble of ...

The Man Behind the Boeing Name
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.

Books Make Great Gifts
Jun 16, 2016

When you’re looking for gifts, consider a book. With over 13,000 titles in print, we have something that’s sure to satisfy any interest.

The First American Car Race
Jun 15, 2016

  The amount of engineering, time, and funding put into the racecars we know today is incredible. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a multi-million dollar organiz...

5 Essential Automotive History Books for Car Lovers
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!

5 Important Reasons to Teach Your Kids American History
May 19, 2016

If you’re a parent, then you probably don’t need to be told why it’s important to be involved when it comes to your child’s education. Children with parents that consider involvement important grow up to be better adjusted and more self-aware. They tend to have better relationships with not only their parents, but other people as well.

5 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About Trains and Rail Travel
May 17, 2016

Here in the 21st century, we as humans certainly have access to some truly amazing ways to get ourselves from Point A to Point B. We can fly through the air like birds, thanks to airplanes. We can delight in the incomparable independence and freedom an automobile gives us. However, travel by rail remains a much loved way to travel, and with good reason.

4 Reasons Every Music Lover Should Explore Regional Interest Literature
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.

Visit Beautiful Phoenix: Your Ultimate Guide to Arizona’s Crowning Jewel
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.

Top 10 Most Haunted Sites in the Country
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.

Fabulous Las Vegas: Get to Know Sin City Better with These Page Turners
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.

African-American Studies: 4 Must-Read Local Interest Titles That Should Be on Everyone’s Reading List
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.

The Heartbeat of the Gorge
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. 

5 Surprising Benefits of Studying Regional Culinary History
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.

Happy Birthday Route 66!
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.

The Realignment of Route 66
May 2, 2016

Ghost Towns of Route 66 talks all about the abandoned communities along the famed highway. Did you know that Route 66 once took a different route? Here’s the history of the realignment.

5 Historic California Locations That Should Be on Your Radar
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!

Celebrate National Independent Bookstore day on April 30!
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. 

Farm to Table with Cool Springs Press and American Palate
Apr 28, 2016

We love farm to table. You know what we’re talking about - the excitement that starts bubbling up in February in anticipation of spring’s arrival and the freshest local fruits and vegetables. And not to mention the creative dishes that come from local, in-season produce.

Why You Ought to Visit the Del Mar Fairgrounds This Summer
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.

The Top 10 Reasons to Raise Chickens
Apr 26, 2016

If you’re wavering on whether or not to install a chicken coop and some clucking critters in your backyard, check out the list below. You might be able to convince yourself (and your loved ones) with these reasons, compiled by author Christine Heinrichs from her book, How to Raise Chickens.

One of the Most Haunted States in America – Do You Live There?
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.

The Seeker’s Guide to Santa Fe, New Mexico
Apr 22, 2016

  Santa Fe, New Mexico is surrounded by the Sangre De Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges. For generations the area has been considered a sacred place for healing, reflection, and transformation...

5 Fascinating Culture and History Topics to Explore Today
Apr 20, 2016

If you’re absolutely in love with the experience of reading and learning, then it only stands to reason that you’ve read your share of non-fiction books over the years. It’s not hard to see why, either. Non-fiction literature on topics like history, culture, and people are so much more than just collections of information. They’re also part of our collective story as human beings.

Why Olvera Street Should Top Your List of Places to See in L.A.
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.

Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch on KTRK-TV
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.

10 Romantic Comedies for Valentines Day
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.

Marker Commemorates Slocum Massacre
Jan 17, 2016

On Saturday, January 16, 2016, a historical marker memorializing the Slocum Massacre and honoring the acknowledged victims was unveiled in Anderson County, Texas.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 15, 2016

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Born on January 15, 1929, King would be 87 today. We mark this day to remember his fight in the Civil Rights Movement for equality through nonviolence.

The Story of NORAD Tracks Santa
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.

VIDEO: When All of Us Are Home - This I Believe Philadelphia
Dec 14, 2015

This I Believe is an international project engaging people in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide their daily lives. And it all started in Philadelphia more than seven decades ago with a local radio series that became an international sensation.

How to Preserve Your Family History—10 Minutes at a Time
Nov 20, 2015

With the holidays fast approaching, did you know you have a prime opportunity to preserve your family history, 10 minutes at a time? Darcy Dougherty Maulsby, author of Images of America: Calhoun County, gives us 5 tips on keeping our family history alive. 

All You Need to Know About Oysters
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
 

Dixie Highway Tour OCTOBER 9
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. 

This I Believe: Philadelphia
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.

New England Pie
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.
 

Welcome to Our New Home!
Oct 1, 2015

Welcome to our new home! We’re so excited to share with you the new home of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press!  

Halloween Story Contest
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.