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Lincoln's Wartime Tours from Washington, D.C.

by John W. Schildt The History Press (October 26, 2020)

Abraham Lincoln spent much of his presidency traveling. His visits to Antietam to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and to Pennsylvania for the famed Gettysburg Address are well remembered. During the course...


Magic City Rock

by Blake Ells The History Press (October 19, 2020)

Birmingham's rock music scene has thrived on camaraderie and collaboration for decades. With no competitiveness, it has maintained a punk rock ethos while also appealing to a mainstream audience, thanks to DIY...


Village of North Palm Beach

by Rosa Sophia & Mayor Darryl Aubrey The History Press (October 19, 2020)

While North Palm Beach itself is relatively young--just about retirement age--the history of this area is as broad as the horizon. Long before this village was founded in 1956, the Jeaga tribe lived and thrived...


The Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls

by John E. Kinville The History Press (February 17, 2020)

Drawing on never-before-seen materials, author John E. Kinville unfolds the complex legacy of Women's Klan no.14 aka the Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls.

In the xenophobic atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, Ku...


Banished from Johnstown

by Cody McDevitt & Tony Norman The History Press (January 27, 2020)

Author and journalist Cody McDevitt tells the story of one of the worst civil rights injustices in Western Pennsylvania history.

In 1923, in response to the fatal shooting of four policemen, the mayor of Johnstown...


Tuskegee in Philadelphia

by Robert J. Kodosky The History Press (February 03, 2020)

The uplifting story of the valiant Tuskegee men and women whose impact on Philadelphia during World War II will surprise even the most avid armchair historian.

At the outbreak of World War II, Philadelphians...


Black Beauties

by Kimberly Brown Pellum PhD & Ericka Dunlap - Miss America 2004 The History Press (February 03, 2020)

In 1984, Vanessa Williams broke the race barrier to become Miss America, but she was not the first Black woman to wear a pageant crown.

Black beauty pageants created a distinctive and celebrated cultural tradition...


Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay

by Jamie L. H. Goodall The History Press (February 24, 2020)

The story of Chesapeake pirates and patriots begins with a land dispute and ends with the untimely death of an oyster dredger at the hands of the Maryland Oyster Navy.

From the golden age of piracy to Confederate...


The South Carolina State Hospital

by William Buchheit The History Press (January 13, 2020)

Nearly two decades after it closed, the South Carolina State Hospital continues to hold a palpable mystique in Columbia and throughout the state.

Founded in 1821 as the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, it housed,...


World War II Nebraska

by Melissa Amateis The History Press (October 19, 2020)

The fight against the Axis required sacrifice and dedication, and Nebraskans proudly answered the call. Three ordnance plants and two naval munitions depots brought employment and economic opportunities but...


A History of Franklin County, North Carolina

by Eric Medlin The History Press (October 19, 2020)

The story of Franklin County is one of remarkable change and growth over the past 250 years. From its Native American roots, this corner of the eastern Piedmont has become a center for tobacco plantations, textile...


A History Lover's Guide to Kansas City

by Paul Kirkman The History Press (October 19, 2020)

Kansas City is often seen as a "cow town" with great barbecue and steaks. But it is also a city with more boulevards than Paris and more working fountains than Rome. There are burial mounds that date back more...


The Fargo Fire of 1893

by Danielle Teigen The History Press (October 19, 2020)

In 1893, Fargo was simply trying to thrive amid an impending national depression. One Wednesday afternoon in June, a ferocious fire quickly devoured hundreds of businesses and more than thirty blocks in the...


Green Bay Beer

by Cameron Teske The History Press (October 19, 2020)

Although often overshadowed by Milwaukee's brewing reputation, Green Bay has its own rich and proud brewing heritage. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, Blesch, Rahr, Hochgreve, Hagemeister and Van Dycke...


Wicked Virginia City

by Peter B. Mires The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Perched on the side of a mountain in the Nevada desert, Virginia City existed for one reason only: to make money. The mining frenzy of the mid-nineteenth century uncovered veins of precious metals that would...


True Murder Mysteries of Southwestern Pennsylvania

by A. Parker Burroughs The History Press (October 05, 2020)

In the southwest corner of Pennsylvania, beyond the picturesque scenes of the Monongahela River Valley, there are long-forgotten mysteries of scandal and murder. Amid the hardship of life on the frontier of...


Old Saybrook

by Tedd Levy & Barbara J. Maynard The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Here in this distinctive New England town, Main Street is the place to meet your neighbors, get a coffee, do your shopping, watch a parade, attend a concert, worship, vote or volunteer. And behind the familiar...


Murder & Mayhem in East Tennessee

by Dewaine A. Speaks The History Press (October 05, 2020)

East Tennessee is gorgeous country, but the hills and hollers have a dark side. James Earl Ray, who had already assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., created mayhem at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary when...


A History Lover's Guide to Florida

by James C. Clark The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Florida is a state of transplants. Even people who relocated here decades ago still claim their birthplace as their home. They might change their mind if they knew that the Sunshine State owns one of the richest...


Metroplex Monsters

by Jason McLean The History Press (October 05, 2020)

In the metropolitan mosaic that joins Dallas and Fort Worth together into a brightly lit metroplex, some mysterious figures still manage to keep to the shadows and slip through the cracks. Even after the Lake...


Historic Tales of Whoop-Up Country

by Ken Robison The History Press (October 05, 2020)

Withdrawal of the mighty Hudson Bay Company from present-day Alberta and Saskatchewan created a lawless environment with new economic opportunities. A cross-border trading bond arose with growing steamboat mercantile...


Francis "Two Gun" Crowley’s Killings in New York City & Long Island

by Jerry Aylward The History Press (October 05, 2020)

On a May morning in 1931, Nassau County police officer Fred Hirsch was gunned down by the notorious New York City gangster Francis Crowley. Nicknamed "Two Gun" for tricking and murdering cops with a second loaded...


A History Lover's Guide to Lexington & Central Kentucky

by Foster Ockerman Jr. & Peter Brackney The History Press (September 28, 2020)

The Athens of the West. The Horse Capital of the World. The Home to the Greatest Tradition in College Basketball. Heart of the Bluegrass. Lexington has a lot of names and an even richer history. The region played...


Hidden History of Jackson County, Michigan

by Linda Hass The History Press (September 28, 2020)

The history of Jackson County brims with colorful characters and noteworthy episodes nearly lost to time. Jackson abolitionists used their barns, houses and hidden compartments to harbor freedom seekers traveling...


Finding Daniel Boone

by Ted Franklin Belue The History Press (September 28, 2020)

Finding Daniel Boone is a unique tribute to America's frontier hero and offers closure to the greatest of all his mysteries: where he was buried. Part biography, part historical travelogue and eloquently narrated...


Cincinnati Food

by Polly Campbell The History Press (September 28, 2020)

Over the years, Cincinnati has earned a reputation for conservatism and keeping to itself, especially regarding food, but that's changing. Old favorites like cinnamon-scented chili on spaghetti, ice cream with...


Alvin Karpis and the Barker Gang in Minnesota

by Deborah Frethem & Cynthia Schreiner Smith The History Press (September 28, 2020)

From their home base in Minnesota, the Karpis-Barker Gang cut a swath of crime and terror across the Midwest in the early 1930s. They kidnapped two important businessmen and held them for exorbitant ransoms....


The Witch of the Monongahela

by Thomas White The History Press (September 21, 2020)

In the ancient hills and misty hollows of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, generations of locals have passed down stories of a woman with mysterious magical powers. People came from near and far to seek healing...


Supernatural Lore of Ohio

by Steven J. Rolfes The History Press (September 21, 2020)

A rich vein of bizarre and uncanny tales snakes through Ohio's cornfields and cityscapes. In the earliest days of statehood, dark reports spoke of witches causing feathers to form a deadly ring in one's bed,...


Notorious Antebellum North Alabama

by John O’Brien The History Press (September 21, 2020)

Before the Civil War, North Alabama was infamous for lawlessness. The era saw courts filled with defendants who spanned the socioeconomic gamut--farmers, merchants and politicians. In 1811, John B. Haynes tore...


Murder at Breakheart Hill Farm

by Douglas L. Heath & Alison C. Simcox The History Press (September 21, 2020)

On a dark, rainy night in October 1900, George E. Bailey, caretaker of Breakheart Hill farm, disappeared. He no longer made his daily milk runs to town or stopped at the tavern for his favorite cherry rum. Some...


Murder & Mayhem in the Finger Lakes

by R. Marcin The History Press (September 21, 2020)

The pristine waters of the Finger Lakes inspire tranquility, but the region has not been spared a history of high-profile murders. George Chapman's execution for killing a hostler in a drunken rage drew one...


Murder & Mayhem in Prescott

by Drew Desmond & Brad G. Courtney The History Press (September 21, 2020)

Despite its early law enforcement presence, Prescott's place in the violent history of Yavapai County is written in blood. The jealousy, greed and pure meanness of some of its citizens produced shocking trails...


Mississippi Legends & Lore

by Alan Brown The History Press (September 21, 2020)

The battle for Vicksburg roils still, the outcome of the Union siege undecided as specters reload and carry on. The Pascagoula River sings out in grief, and a three-legged lady stalks a country lane outside...


Haunted Joliet Prison

by Wendy Moxley Roe The History Press (September 21, 2020)

The iron bars of Joliet Prison might once have held John Wayne Gacy, Baby Face Nelson and other notorious inmates as unwilling guests, but their stories now desperately cling to the limestone walls. After 160...


Ghosts of the Berkshires

by Robert Oakes The History Press (September 21, 2020)

Before it became a haven for arts and culture, the Berkshires was a rugged, sparsely populated frontier. From the early days of Revolutionary fervor and industrial enterprise to today's tourism, many chilling...


Ghosts of Martha's Vineyard

by Tom Dresser & Holly Nadler The History Press (September 21, 2020)

Martha's Vineyard has always been known as a charming seaside destination. But on this island, a cautious tour reveals darker tales that lie beneath its familiar exterior. Walk by the House of Correction, where...


Eerie New Mexico

by Ray John de Aragón The History Press (September 21, 2020)

New Mexico's night sky generated speculation about alien visitation for centuries before the Roswell Incident of 1947. But the luminous spheres known as Bolas de Lumbre weren't the only evidence of unnatural...


Wicked New Hampshire

by Renee Mallett The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Behind New Hampshire's scenic landscape lies some very dark history, ranging from horrible hangings to scandalous socialites. The Fireman's Riot of 1869 resulted in most of Manchester burning to the ground....


Haunted Vancouver, Washington

by Pat Jollota The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Sprawling along the banks of the Columbia River, the city of Vancouver has grown from a remote fort to a metropolis. Home to the first operating airfield in the United States, it's seen triumphs and tragedies...


Haunted Shawnee, Oklahoma

by Tanya McCoy & Jeff Provine The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Home to numerous tribal reservations that survived the land run that swept around them, Shawnee stands at an intersection of worlds. For travelers of the Wild West, crossing over into Oklahoma Territory meant...


Haunted Prince William County

by Andrew L. Mills The History Press (September 14, 2020)

With a nearly three-hundred-year history, Prince William County has its share of haunted tales and scary spots. Ghosts still haunt the battlefield at Manassas, including the Ben Lomond Plantation, site of a...


Haunted Litchfield County

by Thomas D'Agostino & Arlene Nicholson The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Litchfield is Connecticut's least populated county, yet it boasts more ghosts and legends than anywhere else in the region. Indian spirits and curses pursue those who wronged them. Haunted caves and camps harbor...


A Haunted History of Pasco County

by Madonna Jervis Wise The History Press (September 14, 2020)

In a land occupied for thousands of years, mystery and unrest linger. Anguished soldierly figures dot the landscape of Pasco County, from the doomed march of Major Dade and his haunted hill to the ghost of Captain...


Haunted Florida Love Stories

by Christopher Balzano The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Wide eyes, sweaty palms and a racing heart. Are these the tell-tale marks of a love story or a haunted tale? If the story is set in Florida, there's a good chance it's both. From the infamous Bellamy Bridge...


Haunted Creede

by Kandra Payne The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Brave men and women came to seek their fortunes in the rough-and-tumble boomtown of Creede. Miners, merchants, dance hall girls, gunslingers and gamblers still haunt its streets and halls. How many ghosts are...


Haunted Cemeteries of Indiana

by Ashley Hood The History Press (September 14, 2020)

From the Hoosier National Forest to the banks of Lake Michigan, Indiana's landscape is dotted with urban and rural cemeteries teeming with restless spirits. Crown Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of...


Haunted Bisbee

by Francine Powers & Debe Branning The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Once the world's richest mining site, Bisbee is now one of the most haunted towns in America. From an entity that screams in anguish in Zacatecas Canyon to the glorious woman that floats through a wall in the...


Haunted Bay City, Michigan

by Nicole Beauchamp The History Press (September 14, 2020)

At the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron lies historic Bay City, a gorgeous town with a dark past. In its early days, a six-block strip known as Hell's Half Mile was an epicenter of debauchery and brutality....


Ghosts and Legends of Calico

by Brian Clune & Bob Davis The History Press (September 14, 2020)

Set against the painted hills of the Mojave Desert, this town "as purdy as a gal's calico skirt" once was California's most prolific silver mining community. Now Calico lives again as a museum and tourist attraction,...