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What's New • November 2007
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Lake Champlain:
The Crucible of North American Wars

There is no more history-rich water corridor in North America than the beautiful Champlain Valley, located between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Even if you are familiar with American battlegrounds, chances are that Lake Champlain will not leap to mind. From 1609 through 1814, however, Lake Champlain and Lake George, together with the great rivers they flow into, were the scene of contests and conflicts the likes of which had seldom been seen in civilized lands. A fledgling American republic was forged and defended here during the French and Indian War. It was used by the rebellious colonies against an absentee British government in the American Revolution. The last time the Champlain Valley was a major wartime theater was in the War of 1812. Without question, this area has a storied past of wartime service and all it entailed; it is a story of tall ships and small boats and brave men who challenged the mightiest empires in the world. Come join us on this unique tour and revisit the valley's rich past in stunning detail.

No one is more experienced leading historical journeys through this land with its fascinating and extensive history than Professor Thomas Mandeville, your historian guide on Lake Champlain: The Crucible of North American Wars. When the tour is finished, the story of this great waterway with its dramatic wars, enduring historic characters, and spectacular scenery will be vivid in the memories of Lake Champlain travelers.



Ireland Our Goof, Your Gain

The prices on The Ireland Never Seen: A Journey Into Irish-American History have been cut drastically. Doubles are reduced by $1,500 and singles are reduced by $1,700. HistoryAmerica never would overprice a tour purposely, but Georgia O'Connor, now red-faced and apologetic, mistakenly calculated the price using the pound instead of the euro. The new prices are $4,695 per person double occupancy and $5,595 per person single occupancy.


The Best of Bearss: The Campaign for East Tennessee

E TennEd Bearss led a great tour to the Civil War battlefields of Chattanooga, Chickamauga and Knoxville. There were the usual comments about traveling with a "national treasure," "a legend," and a man "so mesmerizing that you feel like you're at the battle." Ed was his customary enthusiastic font of information. He added stops not on the itinerary and visited sites rarely seen by Civil War enthusiasts. Thank you, Ed. You are the epitome of a great tour leader.

Thanks to Phil Waldron and his assistant, Jerry Allen. They did a masterful job of handling all the day- to-day organization. HistoryAmerica could not do what we do without our tour directors. They are the best! Also a special thanks to Pete Brown, founding owner of HistoryAmerica, who stood in for the new owners at the welcome dinner. We heard such nice comments from regulars who were really glad to see Pete

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Antietam & Gettysburg: Killing Grounds that Changed America

Picketts ChargeJim McPherson painted a detailed picture of the horrors of Antietam, a battle that was as tragic for the victors as for the vanquished. Then the tour moved on to Gettysburg where a year later the great hope of the Confederacy lay with Lee's apparently invincible Army of Virginia. Again travelers learned with exceptional clarity of the events that changed the direction of the Civil War in the east, from the onset of the battle to Lee's retreat.

This photo was taken after Jim and Pat McPherson led the group across the hallowed ground that had once been covered by those brave Confederate soldiers on Pickett's Charge.

HistoryAmerica thanks Jim for sharing his vast knowledge with our travelers; how they love him. Thanks also to Phil Waldron, tour director, who kept things organized and running with his usual efficiency and expertise.

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HistoryAmerica News Bits

We thank all of you who traveled with HistoryAmerica in 2007 and those of you who have plans to travel with us in 2008. Two thousand seven has been a great year. We have met many regulars and made many new friends. We have proved that we can continue to serve our travelers with the same quality tours that have been the hallmark of HistoryAmerica since its inception. We will proudly continue "taking you where history happened."

Mike and Georgia O'Connor returned from Antietam & Gettysburg excited about the friendships they renewed, the new acquaintances they made, and the knowledge they gained from Jim McPherson's superior insight on the events. They had the same opinion as the rest of the group, that although they had visited the battlefields before, this tour unquestionably deserved its rave reviews because the exquisite detail made the history come alive.

We still seem to have a star-crossed relationship with cruise ships. First, in 2007 INTRAV sold all its clipper ships and cancelled the WWII South Pacific Cruise with Ed Bearss. We rebounded and were thrilled to offer a kick-off cruise in 2008 for the Lincoln Bicentennial. We announced plans in July and in August Majestic America Lines decided the Mississippi Queen should be dry docked for a year. Oh well, there's always the next year.

The planning for 2009 is now underway. There will be some HistoryAmerica "old favorites" along with many new offerings. You probably understand after reading the section above that we're still pondering cruises for 2009.


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