Category Archives: national park

My new book: First Flight Around the World

I’m proud to announce my new book, First Flight Around the World:The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race. It was just published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. While targeted to ages 10-14, the book works for … Continue reading

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Last battle against Britain

The iconic view of New Orleans includes the dramatic statue of Andrew Jackson on a rearing horse, the St. Louis Cathedral rising in the background. The statue commands  the surrounding park, Jackson Square, named for the man who became a hero … Continue reading

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Icon of the American Frontier

At milepost 5.8, the very northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, sits an iconic symbol of American individualism: a small log cabin and farm. A weathered split-rail fence delineates a small clearing, surrounded by the forests of the Blue Ridge … Continue reading

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Paddling in a birchbark canoe

I’ve been going to Maine annually for a number of years, going back to a rental house on the water and enjoying the beauty of Mount Desert Island. Most people visit Acadia National Park for the scenery, unrivaled on the … Continue reading

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O, say can you see? Stories of a national anthem

On September 13 and 14 Americans will commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, a mostly forgotten battle in U.S. history… except that it gave the United States its national anthem. The song is a stirring tribute of the battle by … Continue reading

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One of the most powerful historic views

  With a little imagination, the power of place is palpable. Looking out over the tranquil fields today, a visitor to Gettysburg National Military Park can see the long line of gray soldiers moving forward and hear the pounding of … Continue reading

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Crissy Field in San Francisco

I’m a planner, so when I travel I’m usually intentional about seeing places that relate to my professional history interests. But every now and then I stumble upon a place that was somehow off my radar. Such was the case recently when I visited a … Continue reading

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History near the blossoms

  Here’s an excerpt from my new book “A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History.” One evening a few days ago I left work, turned into the setting sun, and walked west toward the Jefferson Memorial. … Continue reading

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Top 10 history sites in Washington, D.C.

The cherry trees will be blooming soon and Washington is bracing for the spring crowds. I’ve lived in the Washington D.C. area now for nineteen years and love the area’s rich, layered history. If you’re planning a trip to Washington D.C., here is my … Continue reading

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The house in the cemetery

Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. sits a columned house looking like a Greek temple with a commanding view of the city.  Down the steep hill outside its front door flickers the eternal flame at President John F. … Continue reading

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