Local History Research Guide

American Historic Sites

General American Historic Site Guides Alphabetized by Title

Specialized American Historic Site Guides in Chronological Order


General American Historic Site Guides Alphabetized by Title:

American Battlefields: A Complete Guide to the Historic Conflicts in Words, Maps, and Photos. New York: Macmillan, 1995. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .C65. Includes more than 75 battlefields.

Early America Sourcebook: A Travelerís Guide. New York: Crown, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .L38. Covers all states east of the Mississippi, concentrating mainly on English settlements and colonies.

Guide to Americaís Greatest Historic Places. New York: American Heritage, 1985. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .G85x. American Heritageís pick of the most important American historic sites.

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Historical Guide to the United States. New York: W.W. Norton, 1986. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .H718. Prepared by the American Association of State and Local History, this guide covers all fifty states in detail.

Homes and Libraries of the Presidents. Blacsburg, Virg.: McDonald & Woodward, 1995. Soc Sci Ref: E 176.1 .C66.

International Dictionary of Historic Places. Chicago: Fitzroy, 1994. Soc Sci Ref: CC 135 .I585. Volume 1 of this 5-volume set covers the Americas.

Landmarks of the American Presidents: A Travelerís Guide. New York: Gale Research, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: E 176.1 .W56. Detailed guide that is arranged by president and by even.

Museum Computer Network is a guide to museums around the world.

National Geographic Guide to Americanís Historic Places. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .N29. Covers all fifty states with forty color maps and thematic tours.

National Register of Historic Places 1966 to 1994. Washington, D.C.: National Trust for Historic Preservation. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .N3419x. Cumulative list through January 1, 1994.

North America: A Geographic Mosaic. London: Arnold, 1999. Soc Sci Ref: E 40.5 .N67x. A detailed geography illustrating the rich diversity of North America.

Presidential Sites: A Directory of Places Associated with Presidents of the United States. Blacksburg, Virg.: McDonald & Woodward, 1998. Soc Sci Ref: E 176.1 .C68. More than 1000 places, including birthplaces, homes, churches, universities, battlefields, libraries, burial places, museums, monuments and memorials.

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom

Where Am I? Clue-by-clue Descriptive Sketches of American Historical Places. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1997. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .B395. A hundred placed descriptions provide the material for activities designed to pique studentsí interest in United States history.

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Specialized American Historic Site Guides in Chronological Order:

American Indians
American Women
African Americans
Other Cultural and Regional Groups
American Revolution
War of 1812
American West
American Civil War

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American Indians:

Americaís Ancient Treasures: A Guide to Archeological Sites and Museums in the United States and Canada. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993. Soc Sci Ref: E 56 .F64.

Guide to the Indian Wars: Over One Hundred Historic Sites in the Seventeen States. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998. [Soc Sci Ref: E 81 .M35].

North American Indian Landmarks: A Travelerís Guide. Detroit: Gale Research, 1993. Soc Sci Ref: E 77 .C26.

Passionate Amateurís Guide to Archaeology in the United States. New York: Collier, 1980. Soc Sci Ref: E 159.5 .W55. A region-by-region account of the history, development, and culture of the Native American in the form of a vacation guide.

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American Women:

Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Womenís Landmarks. New York: Random House, 1994. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .K39. Fun to read and informative guide.

Places Where Women Made History : A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary is a tour featuring 74 historic places in New York and Massachusetts associated with the varied aspects women's history. These 74 properties are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. From a list of sites or a location map, move to photographs and descriptions of each of the 74 properties.

Women Remembered: A Guide to Landmarks of Womenís History in the United States. New York: Greenwood, 1986. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .T56. A detailed guide that covers all fifty states.

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African Americans:

Black Heritage Sites: An African American Odyssey and Finderís Guide. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .C95. A detailed guide that covers all fifty states.

Historic Black Landmarks: A Travelerís Guide. Detroit: Visible Ink, 1991. Soc Sci Ref: E 185.53 .A1 C36. Coves 300 landmarks related to African American history.

We Shall Overcome : A National Register of Historic Places Itinerary is a tour featuring 41 places listed in the National Register for their association with the modern civil rights movement. From a list of sites or a location map, move to photographs and descriptions of each of the 41 properties.

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Other Cultural and Regional Groups:

Americaís Religious Treasures. New York: Harper & Row, 1976. Soc Sci Ref: E 158 .V84. Covers religious sites in all fifty states.

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American Revolution:

Here was the Revolution: Historic Sites of the War for American Independence. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1976. Gov Docs: I 29.2:R32.

Landmarks of the American Revolution: A Guide to Locating and Knowing What Happened at the Sites of Independence. Harrisburg, Penn.: Stackpole, 1973. Soc Sci Ref: E 159 .B67.

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War of 1812:

Guidebook to the Historic Sites of the War of 1812. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1998. Soc Sci Ref: E 364.9 .C65.

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American West:

Fodorís Old West. New York: David McKay, 1976. Soc Sci Ref: F 595.2 .F63.

Landmarks of the West: A Guide to Historic Sites. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1986. Stacks: F 595.3 .R88.

Old West Sourcebook: A Travelerís Guide. New York: Crown, 1994. Soc Sci Ref: F 595.3 .L38.

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American Civil War:

Civil War Battlefields and Landmarks. New York: Random House, 1996. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .V36x. Contains National Park Service Maps for each site.

Civil War Battlefield Guide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .C58. Covers 384 principal battles.

Civil War Sites, Memorials, Museums and Library Collections. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1997. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .G45. Organized by state and city.

Civil War Sourcebook: A Travelerís Guide. New York: Harmony Books, 1991. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .L38.

Civil War Trustís Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail. New York: Macmillan, 1998. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .C59. Covers 500 sites in 28 states with directions, admission fees, and hours.

Following in Lincolnís Footsteps: A Complete Annotated Reference to Hundreds of Historical Sites Visited. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001. [Stacks: E 457 .C37x].

Rebel Rivers: A Guide to Civil War Sites on the Potomac, Rappahannock, York, and James. Mechanicburg, Penn: Stackpole, 1993. Stacks: E 641 .N49.

Smithsonianís Great Battles & Battlefields of the Civil War: A Definitive Field Guide. New York: Morrow, 1997. Soc Sci Ref: E 641 .W48.

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