What’s New

Here’s more on the latest additions to our website:

Mission Concepcion, San Antonio, Texas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

List of Missions & Presidios in the United States – We’re working to expand our information on Missions and Presidios in the U.S. Here’s a page with links to what we have so far.

La Purísima Mission, Lompoc, California – La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California was founded in 1787 and was the 11th of 21 Franciscan Missions in California. It is a state park today.

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission, California – The San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, California, is one of the most authentically restored Roman Catholic mission churches in California.

Gran Quivira, New Mexico – The Gran Quivira, as it has been called for over a century, is a unit of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and dates back to at least 800 A.D.

Spanish Missions in New Mexico – In 1598 Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate led a very large group of soldiers, priests, and colonists into New Mexico to establish a number of missions.

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico – Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument protects the sites of three Pueblos and the ruins of three Spanish missions near Mountainair, New Mexico.

Quarai Mission & Pueblo, New Mexico – The Quarai Pueblo and its Spanish mission, Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Quarai, are located in central New Mexico.

Mission San Gregorio de Abo, New Mexico – Mission San Gregorio de Abo, located in central New Mexico, is a pueblo ruin and historic Spanish mission that dates back to the early 1600s.

Spanish Missions Architecture and Preservation – Spanish Missions are rich cultural landscapes that span the spectrum from isolated and quickly abandoned chapels to comprehensive, self-sustaining towns.

A Day in the Life of a Spanish Missionary – Friar Alonso de Benavides, the newly appointed ecclesiastical dignitary of the New Mexico mission field, wrote about the life of a Spanish missionary.

Significance of Spanish Missions in America – Spanish colonial missions in North America are significant because so many were established and they had lasting effects on the cultural landscape.

Life in the Spanish Missions – The histories of life in the Spanish Missions are both controversial and romanticized and have long influenced our views of Spanish colonial heritage

Roanoke Island Settlement & the Lost Colony – The Roanoke Colony was the first attempt at founding a permanent English settlement in North America.

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia – Williamsburg, Virginia was the thriving capital of the commonwealth when the dream of American freedom and independence was taking shape.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii – Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii was the official residence and capitol of the last ruling monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani – Last Royal Ruler of Hawaii – Queen Liliuokalani, the last sovereign ruler of Hawaii ruled from January 29, 1891, until the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii on January 17, 1893.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary – Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an African American activist, writer, teacher, lawyer, and journalist in the mid-1800s. She was also the first African American Publisher in the U.S. and Canada.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt – Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a Democratic statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until 1945.

President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal

President Roosevelt’s New Deal – The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, and financial reforms enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia & North Carolina – Connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most important automobile parkways in the United States and the most visited National Park unit in the nation.

Historic American Building Survey – The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) is the nations’ first federal preservation program, begun in 1933 to document America’s architectural heritage

Works Progress Administration of the Great Depression – The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal program during the Great Depression.

Andersonville Prison of the Civil War – The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville, Georgia was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War.

Fort Pulaski, Savannah, Georgia by Harpers Weekly Newspaper, December 28, 1861

Fort Pulaski, Georgia – Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on Cockspur Island between Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia with a significant Civil War history.

Fort Knox State Historic Site, Maine – The Fort Knox State Park in Prospect, Maine features historic Fort Knox, one of the tallest bridge observatories in the world, and maybe a few ghosts. (Not to be confused with the active Fort Knox in Kentucky)

Fort Warren, Massachusetts – Situated on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, Fort Warren was built between 1883 and 1861 and is best known for its service in the Civil War.

Missouri State Penitentiary by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

Haunted Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City – Once called the “Bloodiest 47 acres in America”, the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is said to be extremely haunted.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia – Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is well known for several reasons. – It was expensive, radical, and said to be haunted.

West Virginia Penitentiary today, by Carol Highsmith

Haunted West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville – The West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville not only provides visitors with a wealth of history, but some also say it is called home to several ghosts.

Early American Advertising: From Then ‘Til Now – The earliest American ad men did print advertisements used primarily to promote books, newspapers, and medicines. Author Sam Bocetta explores.

Captain William Kid – Best Known Privateer – Captain William Kidd was a 17th-century Scottish sailor who became one of the best-known privateers of his time. He was later hanged for piracy.

Schooner Carroll A. Deering, as seen from the Cape Lookout lightship on January 28, 1921 by the US Coast Guard

Carroll A. Deering – Ghost Ship on the Diamond Shoals, North Carolina – The five-masted ship, the Carroll A. Deering, sailed for just a few short years before being found abandoned on Diamond Shoals of North Carolina.

Bennington Triangle, Vermont – The Bennington Triangle centered around Glastenbury Mountain in Vermont, has is for strange events including UFOs, bigfoot sightings, and missing people.

Bridgewater Triangle, Massachusetts – Located in southeastern Massachusetts is the Bridgewater Triangle, the site of legends and curses for centuries.

January Newsletter – Did they worry about their eating habits in the Old West… trying to find excuses to dodge the resolutions, gambling, and the best Ghost Town in Texas in this months newsletter.

White Horse Tavern, Rhode Island – The White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island is the oldest tavern still in operation in America. It is also said to be haunted.

The Ghost of Harry Maine – The Fisherman Ghost, a land pirate in Ipswich, Massachusetts has long said to haunt Ipswich Bar and his old house on Water Street.

Stone chamber on Rattlesnake Gutter Road, Levett, Massachusetts, courtesy Wikipedia

Stone Chambers of New England – Hundreds of distinctive stone structures are found all over New England that are of a design and form that have been found nowhere else in North America.

Vermont Gold – A Glitter of Hope – The first reports of gold in Vermont surfaced in 1845 when gold was found in Somerset. More gold finds followed setting off a gold rush.

Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont – Fort Ethan Allen was a United States Army Cavalry and field installation established in 1892 located in Essex and Colchester Vermont.

Ruggles Mine near Grafton, New Hampshire by Squelle, Wikipedia

Ruggles Mine – Mica Mining in New Hampshire – Ruggles Mine in Grafton, New Hampshire, a mica mine, got its start in about 1805 and operated for almost 160 years before becoming a tourist attraction.

New Hampshire History – New Hampshire, the most northern of the 13 original colonies of New England, is nicknamed the Granite State because of its extensive granite formations.

Fort Constitution, New Hampshire – Fort Constitution, New Hampshire, located in New Castle was first fortified in 1631 and called The Castle. It has a rich history in the Revolutionary War.

4 thoughts on “What’s New”

  1. I am trying to find out more about the stage lines in Arizona (specifically linking from Phoenix to Flagstaff, Prescott, and those mining towns west (Bumble Bee, Jerome, etc.) I’m writing about the reason folks originally ‘camped’ there and why folks still live there. These sites were stage stops… and some are either ghost towns or simply gone.

    The more ‘famous’ stage lines are well known (Butterfield) but I’m only interested in the above for now.

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