Category Archives: Native American

Happy Anniversary to the Pilgrims

It’s not every day a history site in the United States gets to celebrate a 400th anniversary. (for perspective, 2026 marks the 250th birthday of the US)  This year was supposed to be the big 400th commemoration of Plymouth, Massachusetts … Continue reading

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One of the most unique history sites

The Northern Neck of Virginia is a remote, flat region of corn and soybean fields sculpted by the rising and falling of the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal waters. It’s a long arm of land stretching east of Fredericksburg, between the Potomac … Continue reading

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Bill Peterson: My favorite history site

Bill Peterson is the Northern Division Director of the Arizona Historical Society based in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is responsible for all operations and management of that division. 1) If you had to choose one or two favorite historic sites, which ones are … Continue reading

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Carolyn Gilman: My favorite history site

Our Favorite Sites is an occasional new feature of Historyplaces where I ask public historians to talk about their favorite history sites and share some of the challenges they face presenting history to visitors. Carolyn Gilman is Senior Exhibit Developer … 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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Jamestown’s foothold in the New World

The three ships look surprisingly small for an ocean voyage. Even smaller when you consider that 104 passengers were crammed into them for five months. Reproductions of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery sit at anchor in a cove of the James … Continue reading

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The view from Lemhi Pass

Lemhi Pass ranks as one of my favorite history places. It’s a mountain pass over the continental divide at the Montana/Idaho state line high in the Bitterroot Mountains. Here Meriwether Lewis, scouting ahead of the rest of his expedition on … Continue reading

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Pilgrims and Wampanoags

Plimoth Plantation, a  re-created 1620’s English village, sits on a hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean a few miles from Plymouth, Massachusetts, site of the original 1620 settlement. (Plimoth is the spelling used most frequently by Governor William Bradford in his … Continue reading

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A place to see buffalo

In 2004, after a 67-year absence, a bison image once again returned to U.S. currency on the nickel coin.  It was one of four temporary designs in the Westward Journey nickel series commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition bicentennial.  For … Continue reading

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Up close to ancient history

It was one of the most unusual history places I’d ever visited. Perched high on a ladder over a deep canyon, all because of a National Geographic Traveler magazine article, I surveyed the scene:  brilliant blue sky, bright sunlight, canyon … Continue reading

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