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What's New • June 2007
A Trio of Great Western Tours this Summer



Crazy Horse and Custer — July 8-15

Custer-CrazyHorseLast chance! Learn about the conflicts and events occurring between the Indians and the U.S. Army that led up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the details of the battle itself. You will visit many of the sites of this conflict and hear the poignant tales told by Historian Guide Neil Mangum. Neil was first an expert on George Armstrong Custer and later on the Indian Wars in the West. He was both a National Parks Service historian and the superintendent at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. No man knows more about this story or can relate it better.

Take a few minutes to read this article from the Friends of the Little Bighorn: www.friendslittlebighorn.com/neilmangum.htm. It is well worth the time in pure pleasure and hearty chuckles. The aricle is fascinating, and when you have finished you'll understand why anyone who has traveled with Neil Mangum comes back for more of his tours.



The Historic Black Hills — July 22-29

BlackHillsThis new offering by HistoryAmerica takes you to one of the premier vacation spots in the continental United States.

You will learn of Indian culture, the Custer Expedition of 1874, the gold rush of 1876, the Massacre at Wounded Knee, Deadwood, "the wickedest town in the West," and much more. You will visit world class sites such as Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Bear Butte; and you will drive through breathtaking scenery.

Your Historian Guide John D. (Jack) McDermott lives in the Black Hills and has spent many of his retirement hours researching the gripping tales of this area. His vast knowledge combined with his subtle sense of humor make him the ideal leader for this special tour.



SiouxThe Sioux Wars — September 17-24

Don't miss this opportunity. This is the only HistoryAmerica tour led by Ed Bearss, historian guide extraordinaire, that is not already "waitlist only."

During the Civil War, the Sioux were having their own war with the U.S. Army, known as the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862. Ed will take you across Minnesota and North Dakota as you relive the conflicts between the army and the Indians and the terror of the settlers during this dramatic, but little known, period in U.S. history. This is a great way to increase your knowledge of the Indian Wars and have a first-class vacation at the same time.



HistoryAmerica News Bits

  • Jenny BearssOn the morning of May 5, guests from across the United States arrived at the old home place of Sid and Matilda Champion prepared to join in a day of celebration honoring the late Margie Riddle Bearss, Matriarch of Mississippi History. The day of celebration, featuring three major events, took place 11 days prior to the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Champion Hill. The picture on the right is of Jenny Bearss, the youngest daughter of Ed and Margie Bearss, receiving the Mississippi flag in Margie's memory along with her sons Andy and Todd Olmsted. Read more >.

  • Pete Brown is again feeling 100 percent after a tense few days in and out of the hospital in Washington D.C. HistoryAmerica Rapid City breathed a sigh of relief. We can't imagine how concerned Julia must have been. Pete, who is tougher than anyone else alive except Ed Bearss, doesn't like to talk about it!

  • This month HistoryAmerica Rapid City had its first serious setback. Georgia called 20 travelers who had reservations on WWII in the South Pacific to tell them that INTRAV had sold the Clipper Odyssey and cancelled her late fall cruises. How we hated to disappoint all those wonderful people.

  • Have you seen the book The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life? The author is Pam Grout and it just hit the book stands. HistoryAmerica TOURS has its own little chapter, pages 167–169, and is mentioned again in a section about the Pied Piper of historian guides, Ed Bearss.



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