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They’ve all come to look for America: Ellis Island 55 years later

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Posted on December 21, 2009 by | Northeast Travel | 2 Comments

It’s been 55 years since Ellis Island last opened its doors to millions of immigrants. My mother was one of them. She reflected on that journey recently — uncharacteristically, as it happens. I couldn’t help but do a double-take when she declared, a bit dryly: “I found myself.” Turns out, she was on Ancestry.com, and, in a moment of curiosity, she looked up her name. The website offered this telling detail: She came through Ellis Island in the summer of 1949. Ellis Island: A look back Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island served as the main port of entry for…

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Lewis and Clark expedition still fascinates; “Arrival at Camp River Dubois” December 12-13

Photo credit: Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
Posted on December 12, 2009 by | Midwest Travel | 3 Comments

More than 200 years after their historic expedition, Lewis and Clark are still part of the national conversation. That was clear the other day on Capitol Hill when Sen. Christopher Dodd invoked the famed explorers’ names to justify federal support of a National Infrastructure Bank. “You cannot find a period of economic growth in our country … where we did not make investments in infrastructure,” said Dodd, who quipped: “Had Thomas Jefferson had the Congressional Budget Office around he wouldn’t have gone … we’d still be 13 colonies running around.” Maybe so. Maybe not. But this much is clear: Dodd’s…

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Pearl Harbor, “Day of Infamy,” told in Fredericksburg, Texas

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Posted on December 7, 2009 by | Southwest Travel | No Comments

It’s a small town setting for a big time story: Right in the heart of Texas Hill Country, you’ll find America’s only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles during World War Two. That story began 68 years ago, today, when Japanese forces waged a surprise attack on the United States. In less than two hours, half of America’s military airpower in the Pacific was wiped out, and, most devastating, the battleships Oklahoma and Arizona. In all, 2,323 U.S. servicemen were killed that morning — a mere preamble to what was to follow: By war’s…

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