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Yesterday's News • February 2007


"We have met the enemy and they are ours."

PerryEnvision Lake Erie, a distant frontier of untracked wilderness and the key to the great western empire granted to the United States by the British in the Treaty of Paris.

Oliver Hazard Perry: The War of 1812 on Lake Erie June 3–9, 2007, will take you there. This tour is based on one of the great naval battles that shaped American history. You will learn of a period in history when a young nation striving for existence was engaged in epic naval struggles against an experienced British fleet.

The tour will visit Put-in-Bay and the interpretation will be given near Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. You can learn more by browsing these websites:


Symonds "Spellbinding Narratives"

Oxford University Press says that Craig Symonds offers "spellbinding narratives" in his book Decision at Sea. He will relate many of these tales to HistoryAmerica travelers who join us for Oliver Hazard Perry: the War of 1812 on Lake Erie. Craig Symonds is a recently retired professor of history from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was received the Academy's awards for both Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Research. Join us for an opportunity to learn about this fascinating time in American history.


The Battle of the Little Big Horn

BighornThere is no more poignant story in the history of the American West than the epic of Crazy Horse and Custer, and there is no one more qualified to tell it than Neil Mangum, former Superintendent of the Little Bighorn National Monument and Battlefield. You will feel the power of Sitting Bull's medicine, the plight of the Indians fighting to preserve their way of life, and the desperation of the United States soldiers who fought so heroically. Join us July 8–12 for this story of boldness and bravery.



A Land of Gold, Indians, and Conflict

BlackHillsThe Black Hills — been there, done that, right? HistoryAmerica has had several tours through this beautiful area in recent years, but if you didn't see the historic vistas from the top of Crazy Horse's arm on the monument or walk in George Armstong Custer's footsteps with his expedition of 1874, you haven't experienced all the Hills has to offer. Join us on Paha Sapa: the Historic Black Hills July 22–29 with Historian Guide Jack McDermott, whose knowledge of this area is sure to impress you.



HistoryAmerica News Bits

• Recently Ed Bears spent two nights in Plano, Texas, as houseguest of Pete and Julia Brown. They report Ed’s energy level is off the map, as usual. Ed and Pete worked on the itinerary of the upcoming Sioux Wars tours, for which Ed expresses great enthusiasm. Openings remain for the Sioux Wars tour as of this writing, but Ed's Best of Bearss is wait-list-only, so don't let the opportunity to take another tour with "the legend" slip away.

• Pete, Charlene and Georgia have been working on the tour and cruise offerings for 2008. We know that we're going to give you a very exciting season with a variety of historical learning vacations that you won't be able to resist and with the usual incomparable Historian Guides.

• If you're thinking about signing up for our tour of Antietam and Gettysburg with James McPherson, you need to do it now. Next month when the HistoryAmerica ad is published in Hallowed Ground, the last eight openings will be gone in a flash.


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