America’s Summer Roadtrip™
On August 1, 2020, America’s Summer Roadtrip took viewers across the country and through our nation’s history for 12, hour-long livestreams from 12 leading historic sites. Conducted by leading expert guides, each tour included a special behind-the-scenes look at something that visitors would not get to see if they went in person.
In addition the livestream on the site, AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org, the project also live-streamed through Facebook and posted all the presentations to its website for later viewing. Sites included:
Historic New Bridge Landing (River Edge, NJ)
The “Bridge that Saved a Nation,” the “new bridge” used by Washington and his troops after the Battle of Brooklyn and evacuation from Manhattan. The Zabriskie house changed hands many times during the war, served as headquarters, and was later gifted to General von Steuben.
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Salem, MA)
Home of Rebecca Nurse, who was convicted and executed in the Salem Witch Trials.
Faneuil Hall (Boston, MA)
The “Cradle of Liberty”—the site of historic meetings, speeches, and debates for 275 years.
Minute Man National Park (Lexington and Concord, MA)
Site of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH)
Abolitionist-era museum and education center dedicated to the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality.
The Molly Brown House (Denver, CO)
An ornate Victorian-era mansion and home to famed Titanic survivor, the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Thomas Edison National Historical Park (West Orange, NJ)
Industrial facility built by Edison in 1887 to research and develop his inventions.
Wright Brothers National Memorial (Kill Devil Hills, NC)
Site of the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine.
American Heritage Museum (Hudson, MA)
Military history museum with extensive collection of WWI and WWII vehicles.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center (Powell, WY)
WW II Japanese American confinement camp.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park (NM)
Ruins of the largest and most advanced ancient Pueblo villages in the Southwest.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (Near Sacramento, CA)
Site of discovery that sparked California’s 1849 “Gold Rush.”
Conducted by leading expert guides, each tour included a special behind-the-scenes look at something that visitors would not get to see if they went in person.
In addition to the livestream on the site, AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org, the project also live-streamed through Facebook and posted all the tours so that anyone could view them later viewing.
America’s Summer Roadtrip is made possible by donations to The Pursuit of History, including from Lorna Hainesworth, whose generous donation helped ensure a great video experience.