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Yesterday's News • May/June 2006


Marching Through Georgia

HistoryAmerica will be making its fifth tour of the Civil War in Georgia with Ed Bearss in the lead October 17–25, 2006. There are eight spaces available as of June 30. It is the most complete tour of its kind around and is, of course, limited to one bus. We always have held to the theory that all participants must have the same access to the historian, and we can assure you will up close and personal with Ed on this adventure into Civil War battlefields.

We will stay at the Marriott NW in Marietta (suburban Atlanta) for the first four nights, Milledgeville one night and Savannah the final three nights. You can fly in and out of Atlanta or leave your car at the Marriott for the duration.

The highlights are the Atlanta campaign, the battle of Atlanta and Sherman's March to the Sea. As we head from Atlanta to the sea, Ed will reveal what Sherman left behind, which is plenty. From Savannah, we will take a day-trip to the picturesque town of Beaufort, SC, and also visit the Marine Corps Museum at Parris Island.

Don't miss this chance to be with the great Ed Bearss as we traverse the hallowed ground in Georgia.



Recent Group Photos

WWII IN ITALY – The group of 47 participants poses with Ed Bearss in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Italy, on May 25, 2006. The cruise, aboard the Clipper Adventurer, embarked in Valletta, Malta and made ports-of-call at three cities in Sicily, along with Salerno, Cassino and Anzio.


BEST OF BEARSS IV – This year's version of Best of Bearss moved from the DC area to Tennessee. Headquartered out of Nashville, the group of 44 especially enjoyed sites Ed Bearss never had seen, which are not easy to find these days. The picture was taken June 7, 2006, at the Tennessee State Capitol.


LEWIS AND CLARK: OCEAN IN VIEW – The HistoryAmerica group of 33 on the beach at Seaside, Oregon, June 25, 2006. It was here that members of the Corps of Discovery boiled sea water in order to provide themselves with salt. We were treated to a first-person portrayal of the salt-works and got a feel for what was involved. The tour was led by Gary Moulton, editor of the Journals of Lewis and Clark.

LC06 group



News Bits From HistoryAmerica

2007 CRUISES – HistoryAmerica is currently collecting names of those interested in two historic voyages with Ed Bearss in 2007. Both will have WWII themes, one in North Africa in September aboard the Clipper Adventurer and the other in the South Pacific in November aboard the Clipper Odyssey (below). Contact us if you are interested in being on the list of potential participants. Details to follow in August of this year.

2006 TOUR OPPORTUNITIES – You might not be aware, space is still available for both of these outstanding tours, neither of which has been run previously on a commercial basis that we are aware of. Take a second look. You may be interested.

Revolutionary War in the West, October 2-8, 2006 – We met Jim Holmberg five years ago at the prestigious Filson Historical Society in Louisville where he operates as curator of special collections. Gary Moulton, editor of the Journals of Lewis and Clark, spoke most highly of Jim. The subject of William Clark's older brother, George Rogers Clark, has long held fascination for us. The operations of Clark in the West during the American Revolution are little known and appreciated. This tour is a chance to learn from a most personable expert and see firsthand what transpired both during the Revolution and in the aftermath. We anticipate approximately 30 on the tour. Pete Brown will serve as Tour Director with the assistance of Phil Waldron. Henry Mattox will pilot the bus.

Lincoln and Black Hawk, September 13-21, 2006 – Don't sell the Midwest short, especially in mid- September. Here is a chance to learn from Ed Bearss about a little-known episode in the Indian Wars and Abraham Lincoln's role in it. We begin and end in Springfield, Ill., and in the interim see beautiful scenery along the Mississippi River, in northern Illinois and in Wisconsin that will surprise and amaze you. In addition we will take in the much ballyhooed Lincoln Museum in Springfield. Bruce Airheart will be the Tour Director and you can count of good doses of fun along with a great learning opportunity. We expect approximately 25 on the tour so there will be room to spread out on the bus, which will be driven by Henry Mattox.



Oldie-but-goodie pictures of the month

Pete Brown with tour participants Wilson and Pat Heefner at the gravesite of George Herman "Babe" Ruth on May 13, 1995. It is a most unusual monument for sure, replete with bat and ball. This stop was part of our baseball history tour led by sports historian Robert Barney. The featured special guest was Bobby Thompson of New York Giants fame.


At left, Ed Bearss kicks up his heels on the Delta Queen in 2002. He hasn't slowed down much and just enjoyed his 83rd birthday party. Congratulations, Ed.

At right, Steve Ambrose enjoys himself while signing his bestseller Undaunted Courage aboard the Yorktown Clipper on the Columbia River, September 28, 1996, on HistoryAmerica's first-ever Lewis and Clark event.



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