The fourth Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, sits at a spectacular spot on the shore of the Great Lake that shares its name. Today visitors can explore life at the Fort as it was in 1868, when it was home to Company F, 42nd Infantry, of the U.S. Army. In the mess room at… Read More FORT ONTARIO STATE HISTORIC SITE: encountering unique history in New York
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, New York, is a treasure trove of artifacts that show the glories and the dangers of life and death on the water. H. Lee White was a local shipper who became Assistant Secretary of the Air Force under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The small museum sits at… Read More H. LEE WHITE MARITIME MUSEUM: discovering America’s past in Oswego, New York
You don’t often see monuments to Benedict Arnold. But Saratoga National Historical Park is one place where such a thing makes sense. The Battle (or Battles) of Saratoga in 1777 comprised two primary confrontations: the (First) Battle of Freeman’s Farm on September 19 and the Battle of Bemis Heights (also known as the Second Battle… Read More SARATOGA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: exploring Revolutionary history in New York
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum houses millions of artifacts, documents, photographs, films, and audiotapes related to America’s greatest modern President. It is located in Simi Valley, California, in Ventura County, about 40 miles from Los Angeles, and makes for a fine half-day excursion. While Rancho del Cielo paints an intimate portrait of the… Read More Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California
“We’re in Ronald Reagan’s closet,” I said to my brother, my eyes wide. “I know!” he stage-whispered, equally incredulous. Surrounding us in the small walk-in were a few Western shirts, denim jeans, riding boots and britches, Nancy Reagan’s red robe. We were enjoying a private tour of Rancho del Cielo, the Reagan Ranch in California,… Read More Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum sits on nine acres in Yorba Linda, California, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It houses an extensive public collection of memorabilia, artifacts, clothing, and photographs relating to Richard Nixon, his family, and his presidency, as well as archives available to researchers. The site also encompasses the… Read More Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California
Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot stars Jack Lord as John Fry, a fictitious Virginia planter elected to the House of Burgesses in the pre-dawn of the American Revolution. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, click here. The 37-minute orientation film at Colonial Williamsburg traces Fry’s growth from Tory to Patriot through his associations… Read More Colonial Williamsburg: Cross-Country Road Trip, Part 8
KILROY WAS HERE The phrase appeared on ships, aircraft, buildings, wherever American servicemen went during World War II. Usually accompanied by a minimalist drawing of a bald-headed, long-nosed character peering over a wall, the graffito went viral before anyone knew the term. Its origins are uncertain, but a popular legend centers around a Quincy-based ship inspector… Read More World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.