March 27, 2017

Contributing to The History List Travel Section and Seeing History Facebook Page

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With summer near, we’re pulling together information on travel to historic sites, and we hope you’ll contribute your tips and recommendations—even entire trip itineraries and pictures—to create this helpful resource.

When I launched The History List my goal was to connect people to the historic sites, events and exhibits in their communities and across the country, so it seems only fitting that we’re adding a section of The History List dedicated to travel and we’re now focusing our sister Facebook page, Seeing History, to this same topic. 

Our first trip comes from Betsy Havens.  Betsy lives in Louisiana and has been on a mission to visit the homes of many of the Founding Fathers. Betsy wrote up her list, which we’ve posted in the new Travel section of The History List, and we’re also posting on our Seeing History Facebook page. 

Please send us a note if you’d like to have us post your trip, or send your questions and recommendations.  

Whether you have a list or itinerary to share or have questions as you plan a trip, we’d like to hear from you.

 

Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp

 

 

 

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March 24, 2017

Historic America Road Trips to Visit Our Country’s Great Historic Sites

We’re kicking off a series of "Historic America Road Trips” and the first one focuses on the homes and birthplaces of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

It was compiled by Betsy Havens, one of the members of The History List community; other members of The History List community have contributed to it.

Here's Betsy:

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"I live in Louisiana and visited Washington DC in 2012 for the first time.  I returned home a different person.  I made a side trip to Mount Vernon while there and just fell in absolute love and total fascination with George Washington.  After the DC/Mount Vernon trip I had a newfound appreciation for my country and its history.  I was also alarmed at how little I knew beyond the basics.  History was always one of my favorite subjects in school but I wasn’t motivated to learn anything more than what I had to learn to pass a test. 

Mount Vernon made such an impression on me that I became inspired to visit all founding father homes. I received the book,"The Founding Fathers, The Men Behind the Nation," as a Christmas gift, a few years ago, and began to realize how little I knew about our founding fathers. 

I also used that book as a launching point to start building my list and to start traveling to these sites.

I have friends and family who aren't necessarily interested in history, but I feel like they've become more interested after following my travels to these historic sites, and this makes me really happy.

My list isn’t a “this is the official list of founding fathers” list.  It’s really more of a starting point.

I've barely scratched the surface here.  Most of these men aren't 'household names.'  Making this list has helped me to learn more about the lesser known founding fathers like Caesar Rodney.  They each have their own unique, fascinating story and all made an immeasurable contribution to our nation's founding!"

Betsy’s original list included other patriots, too, so we created "Signers of the Declaration of Independence" and "Patriots of the American Revolution."

Have you taken a trip to see some of America's great historic sites?  If you'd like to share it with others, send it in and it may be the basis for another road trip we compile.  And if it is, we'll credit you and give you your choice of a shirt from The History List Store.

 

 

 

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February 27, 2017

Top battle reenactments of 2017

Our list of the top battle reenactments taking place across the country this year. 

If you have a favorite reenactment event that belongs on this list, please let us know.

 

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Patriots' Day 2017. The 242nd Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord
April 15 - 17, 2017
Lexington, Massachusetts

Thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park every year to celebrate Patriots' Day, a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. One highlight of the event is the "Parker's Revenge" Battle Demonstration on April 15 at 2 pm where hundreds of British and Colonial re-enactors will engage in a tactical weapons demonstration showing the running battle that took place on the border of Lincoln and Lexington. 

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List


 

The Great War Remembered

The Great War Remembered
March 4, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Visit Fort Mifflin and discover the Battle of Verdun. This reenactment gives spectators a taste of a battle that the U.S. did not see combat in. Rather, this important World War I clash occurred between the French and the Germans. It lasted for nearly 11 months and was one of the largest and longest WWI battles on the Western Front. In the end, the French scored their victory,

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Shiloh 155th Commemoration
April 6 - 9, 2017
Shiloh, Tennessee

This Civil War reenactment covers not just one, but several major battles in both Savannah and Selmer, Tennessee. Activities include daily battles, civil war encampments, sutler area, 1860’s food, an evening ball on Saturday night, civil war music and crafts and many more.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Battle of San Jacinto

Battle of San Jacinto
April 22, 2017
La Porte, Texas

Occurring in 1836, the Battle of San Jacinto was the deciding encounter in the Texas Revolution. The fight lasted less than half an hour, but the president of Mexico was captured and surrendered, and Texas was able to become, at least briefly (10 short years), its own country. Now, an entire festival revolves around the battle, with a dramatic reenactment occurring in the midst of it all.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

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Revolutionary War Weekend
May 6 -7, 2017
Mount Vernon, Virginia

Learn about life in the 18th century and witness one of the largest Revolutionary War reenactments take place in Mount Vernon. Watch hundreds of Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians, cannon, and cavalry in action and meet General Washington. Wander through the encampment and discover how Washington used to work, sleep and dine during the Revolutionary War. Learn more about military techniques, mapmaking and surveying and even a camp laundry demonstration.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Raid at Martin's Station

Raid at Martin’s Station
May 12 - 14, 2017
Ewing, Virginia

Take a glimpse of Virginia's wilderness in 1776 in this special event. Activities include tours of Cherokee warrior and colonial militia camps, tales about fort life, 18th-century merchants and colonial traders, an announcement about the Virginia Project and a special Sons of the American Revolution presentation featuring national speakers and a wreath-laying. On Saturday, witness and enjoy the frontier battles between the Cherokee warriors and the settlers.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Battle of Monmouth

Battle of Monmouth
June 17 - 18, 2017
Manalapan, New Jersey

Taking place just a few short weeks before the actual 239th anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth, this reenactment pays homage to many aspects of war that we frequently associate with the American Revolution, including the well-known figure of Molly Pitcher. The reenactment is the largest living history event in New Jersey and has been an annual tradition since 1990. In addition to the Battle of Monmouth, the site is also home to an annual “Battle of New York” reenactment, recognizing the New York and New Jersey campaigns of the Revolutionary War.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment

Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment
July 1 - 3, 2017
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

On the 154th anniversary of what may have been the most significant battle in the Civil War, you can enjoy three days of events and educational activities. Along with the battle reenactments, there is also a living history village that shows the civilian side of the war. New this year is a Youth Activities Tent with a wide array of activities such as enlistment, life and equipment of a young soldier, medical, drilling, a civil war art contest and honorable discharge.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Civil War Days

Civil War Days
July 15 - 16, 2017
Duncan Mills, California

This amazing event encompasses living history at its best with civil war period clad individuals, from both the Union and the Confederacy, performing battle scenarios and offering historical information about their equipment and character. Between battle reenactments, you are invited to visit the Union and Confederate encampments and view authentic camp life and interact with dedicated reenactors—Union and Confederate soldiers, merchants, tradesmen, musicians, townspeople, farmers, chaplains, blacksmiths, and others who lived through those extraordinary times.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

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Civil War Reenactment
July 15 - 16, 2017
Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, New York

Featuring nearly one thousand re-enactors as they defend and attack the village, around historic homes and shops occupied by townsfolk in period costume. Each day, visitors will get a chance to witness two battle re-enactments at 11:30am and 2pm. Witness dozens of riders as they defend the surrounding community from being blasted by cannon shells and see the infantry maneuver around houses and shops, over fences, and through enemy lines as one side defends the village from being stormed.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Redcoats and Rebels

Redcoats and Rebels
August 5 - 6, 2017
Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

New England's largest military re-enactment with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Watch mock battles and skirmishes, tour the British and American camps, listen to martial music, learn about the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier, see a cannon demonstration, visit the battlefield hospital, and so much more. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

D-Day Conneaut

D-Day Conneaut
August 17 - 19, 2017
Conneaut, Ohio

One of the largest and most realistic annual reenactment of D-Day - June 6th, 1944. This event features an Allied amphibious landing, a Tank! Two Inland combat scenarios, encampments, planes, boats, vehicles and an assembly of over 1,500 re-enactors from across the United States and Canada.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

1777 Brown’s Raid
September 9 - 10, 2017
Ticonderoga, New York

Witness as more than 700 actors and historic interpreters come together to re-enact Colonel John Brown's raid on Fort Ticonderoga. Activities include demonstrations of artillery firing, inspection of troops, musket drill and firing, and a boat tour onto Lake Champlain on Fort Ticonderoga’s vessel Carillon.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

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Battle of Snoqualmie
September 17 - 18, 2017
Snoqualmie, Washington

Experience for yourself the most turbulent times our country has ever endured - the American Civil War. Hear the crash and boom of the artillery. Feel the weight of the rifles and packs that the soldiers carried. Meet the fine ladies in their gorgeous dresses. Watch as battles are reenacted, and honor the 700,000 Americans who died as a result of the war.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

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Remebering WWII
September 22 - 23, 2017
Linden, Tennessee

Honor our heroes, experience life in the 1940's and bring WWII history back to life. Featuring two WWII reenactments, an army encampment, big band music, an authentic recreation of the 1940's Cafe de Normandie, vintage vehicles, and more. Plus, get a chance to witness WWII veterans share their stories, speak with them and express your appreciation in person.`

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

 

Mississinewa 1812

Mississinewa 1812
October 13 - 15, 2017
Marion, Indiana

Commemorating the Battle of Mississinewa, which took place in Dec. 1812, this reenactment depicts the first offensive victory for the young United States. The living history attractions include not only the battle itself but also realistic military encampments, a Native American village (featuring an authentic long house that has existed since 1752), a historic “town,” and historic dining and entertainment.

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 

Battle of Olustee

Battle of Olustee
Feb. 16 - 18, 2018
Sanderson, Florida

Florida’s annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee draws over 30,000 crowds each year. Be sure to attend on a Saturday to witness the climax of the weekend when 2,500 reenactors of Confederate and Union troops advance on the battlegrounds and engage in combat at the same place where the actual Battle of Olustee took place on February 20, 1864. 

You'll find more details at the event page on The History List

 


If you have a favorite that belongs on this list, please let us know. And if you're looking for a special gift for a history lover, check out our store, which is what funds the operation and expansion of The History List.  You'll find shirts and stickers with our original design, special commemorative shirts, and signed books by noted historians.


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February 23, 2017

Top living history events for 2017

Our list of some of the best living history events happening across the country this year draws from many different regions and eras.

If you have a favorite that belongs on this list, please let us know.

 

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The 24th Commemoration and Reenactment of the Boston Massacre
March 4, 2017
Old State House, Boston, MA

Witness this infamous event, authentically recreated in front of the Old State House by living historians. Before the action unfolds, hear patriots, loyalists, and moderates talk about the events and attitudes that led to that fateful night.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Living History Weekend
March 25 - 26, 2017
College Station, Texas

Texas’s largest living history event features fully restored and operational military vehicles, a military swap meet, historic small arms demonstration, a chance to ride a UH-1 Bell Iroquois helicopter and shoot a 75mm Pack Howitzer, battle reenactments and a junior G.I. zone for the young ones. Family friendly.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Victorian Days
May 6 - 7, 2017
Historic Grand Ledge, Michigan

This celebration of Grand Ledge’s Victorian heritage includes demonstrations and themed activities such as spinning, weaving, knitting, basket making, letterpress, hand reading, scrimshaw, soap making, gentleman’s duel, Civil War games, riverboat rides, moustache contest and many more.

The Grand Victorian Ball on Saturday night includes an appearance by Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Civil War Remembrance
May 27-29, 2017
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

On Memorial Day weekend, honor the sacrifices and achievements of the 3 million people who fought in America’s Civil War in Greenfield Village. Join hundreds of Union and Confederate reenactors, civilians, musicians and historic presenters and learn more about this pivotal time in American history through various exhibits, presentations, battle tactics demonstration, hands-on activities and insights from historians.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

Blood on the Snow
June 1 - August 20, 2017
Old State House, Boston, MA

The Bostonian Society has a new play about the trial of the officers called “Blood on the Snow” that has gotten rave reviews.  It takes place in the Old State House where the trial took place. Seating is very limited.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Unto These Hills
June 3 - August 19, 2017
Cherokee, North Carolina

Written by the late American playwright Kermit Hunter, "Unto These Hills" retells the sufferings of the Cherokee tribe over the course of 300 years. This live, outdoor production takes place every Monday through Saturday evening at 8pm.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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9th annual 1940’s WWII Era Ball
June 17, 2017, 6PM
Boulder Airport, Boulder, Colorado

Relive the swing era with this 1940’s WWII Era Ball. Featuring Circa-World War II vehicles, planes and reenactors, a hangar replicating Rick’s Cafe Americain with belly dancers and a roulette table you can play on. Watch performances from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Hollywood’s Satin Dollz & the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Cap off the night in authentic 1940’s style with a radio announcement proclaiming the end of the war complete with a confetti drop and celebration!

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

Pioneer Wedding at 1850 Pioneer Farm

Pioneer Wedding
June 17, 2017
1850 Pioneer Farm, Urbandale, Iowa

Visit the 1850 Pioneer farm and experience how weddings are done during Iowa’s time of settlement. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride, help in the “shivaree”, play a good-natured and very noisy prank on the wedding couple, test your dancing skills and share in refreshments of cake and lemonade.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Green River Rendezvous Days
July 6 - 9, 2017
Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyoming

Over the course of the four days, 100+ vendors will close streets and fill parks with food, live music, beer, entertainment and more to celebrate the legendary explorers, fur trappers, and Native Americans who opened commerce in the American West. From visits to the Museum of the Mountain Man that bestows Jim Bridger's rifle to the return of the Green River Rendezvous Pageant and nightly rodeos. Cultural events will be in high supply. 

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Pioneer Life Week
July 24 - July 20, 2017
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, Kentucky

A full week dedicated to the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812 and the settlement of lands around the Ohio River. Historical programs such as tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle demonstration, spinning and weaving, 18th century poultry care, primitive fire making, atlatl demonstration, pioneer clothing interpretation, flint knapping, old time machinery, woodcarving and other life skill demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Race of the Century
July 28-29, 2017
Stow, Massachusetts

Get your adrenaline pumping in this most entertaining event showcasing the technological advancements in air and ground transportation from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. See an amazing display of carriages, carts, horses, steam engines, flying machines and military equipment. Over 70 automobiles, race cars and historic aircraft and tanks will also be open for viewing.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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The 51st Annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival
August 11 - 12, 2017
Porkiomenville, Pennsylvania

Experience authentic German Folklife in the 18th and 19th centuries. Over 500 volunteers are dressed in period clothing. Witness the use of authentic tools to recreate traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a day in Goschenhoppen.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Hop Harvest Weekend
September 2-4, 2017
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wisconsin

Celebrate the end of summer with a visit to Old World Wisconsin. Join other guests and take part in a traditional community harvest. Afterwards, grown-ups can enjoy a cold beer in the German Settlement area and learn about historic beer brewing. Rootbeer and games are also available for the younger guests.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Battle for the Airfield
October 7 - 8, 2017
Stow, Massachusetts

A WWII reenactment and WWII Veterans round table discussion with over 300 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in an amazing re-enactment. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in a dynamic educational living history event. Some of the vintage equipment includes tanks, cannons, troop carriers, half tracks, aircraft and support supplies.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.
 

 

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Anza Days 2017
October 14, 2017
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Arizona

Come and experience one of the most significant event in Tubac’s History, when Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza made the 1775 overland expedition from Tubac to the Pacific. Showcasing period costumed riders executing cavalry drills reenacting the historic journey as they head north with the first day objective of La Canao. Children will also take delight in the Anza Discovery Program featuring costumes, activities, props and ponies.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Colonial Times: A Day to Remember
October 20-22, 2017
Living History Park, North Augusta, South Carolina

Experience the colonial past come to life through demonstrations and living exhibits. Featured attractions include horn smithing, pottery, a tomahawk throw, butter churning, weaving and spinning, quilting, candle making, scrimshaw, pewterer, musket firing demonstrations, calligraphy, gunsmithing, blacksmithing, woodworking, and meat smoking and curing.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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The Noble Train Begins
December 9, 2017
Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Discover the epic story of Henry Knox's "Noble Train" of artillery at Fort Ticonderoga's upcoming reenactment.  Watch as soldiers, work as carpenters to maintain the fort. Examine the science of gunnery, preserved in Fort Ticonderoga's massive cannon collection. Stand inside the stone walls in the stark beauty of winter on the very spot where Henry Knox began his Noble Train of Artillery. The event will feature an exciting program highlighting Henry Knox's arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreate the beginning of the incredible feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

The 243rd Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment
December 16, 2017
Old South Meeting House, Boston, Massachusetts

Relive one of the most iconic public protest in American history at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773. Witness the debate over tea tax and demand for liberty from the British crown.Then join the procession to Griffin’s Wharf and witness the destruction of the tea as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Crossing Reenactment
December 25, 2017
Delaware River, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

On Christmas day, join thousands gather on the banks of the Delaware River to listen to an inspiring speech by Gen. George Washington and watch as they row across the river in replica Durham boats. Those who cannot attend on Christmas can watch a full dress rehearsal about two and a half weeks before the Christmas Day Crossing.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 

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Ice Harvest Festival
February 3, 2018
East Meredith, New York

Each year on the first Saturday of February, Hanford Mills Museum celebrates this rural tradition with the Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools and techniques, visitors can cut and manoeuvre blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. Food, demonstrations, bonfires, and vendors round out a day of hands-on history and winter fun.

See more detail on this event's page on The History List.

 


If you have a favorite that belongs on this list, please let us know. And if you're looking for a special gift for a history lover, check out our store, which is what funds the operation and expansion of The History List.  You'll find shirts and stickers with our original design, special commemorative shirts, and signed books by noted historians.

 

The History List Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 20, 2017

Contributing a list to The History List

The History List is the largest list of history-related events and exhibits, and we're now adding curated lists, such as our recent list of places to have a historic holiday or to ring in the new year. (Here's how to get your organization's events and exhibits on The History List.)

Do you have a list you'd like to contribute? If so, send it to us and we may publish it here and on Facebook and elsewhere. If we do, we'll make sure that you get credit, and we'll send you your choice of any of our original t-shirts.

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