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Tour U.S. historical sites virtually

Americans have enjoyed summer road trips for more than 100 years. This annual family tradition allows travelers of all ages to tour heritage sites, bring history lessons to life and gain a fuller understanding of the people and places that have shaped society today. 

To maintain this tradition in the age of social distancing, The Pursuit of History, a non-profit pioneering innovative ways to engage more people with history, recently announced “America’s Summer Roadtrip 2020,” a free live-stream event, which debuted Aug. 1 on AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org. It will also be archived on The Pursuit of History’s Facebook page.

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Roadtrip features 12 leading U.S. historic sites

The Roadtrip travels across the country and through America’s history with 12 hour-long live-streams from 12 leading historic sites. Many of the sites are still operating temporarily with limited or no public access and services due to public health restrictions in response to the pandemic.

Conducted by leading expert guides, each tour includes a special behind-the-scenes look at something that visitors would not see if they went in person.

America’s Summer Roadtrip 2020 schedule of 12 episodes

The tour began Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. (Eastern) and will run until 9 p.m. (Eastern). The tour destinations include:

  • Historic New Bridge Landing (River Edge, N.J.) – Revolutionary War battle site & Washington headquarters
  • The Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Salem, Mass.) – Home of woman convicted and executed in Salem witch trials
  • Faneuil Hall and The Printing Office of Edes & Gill (Boston) – Cradle of Liberty. The site of historic meetings, speeches and debates for 275 years, and the recreation of a historic printing office
  • Minute Man National Park (Lexington and Concord, Mass.) – Site of the first battle in the Revolutionary War
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Abolitionist-era museum and education center dedicated to ongoing struggle for freedom and equality
  • The Molly Brown House (Denver, Colo.) – Famed Titanic survivor’s ornate Victorian-era mansion
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park (West Orange, N.J.) – Industrial facility built by Edison in 1887 to research and develop his inventions
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial (Kill Devil Hills, N.C.) – Site of the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine
  • American Heritage Museum (Hudson, Mass.) – Military history museum with extensive collection of vehicles from World War II, as well as World War I and other wars
  • Heart Mountain Interpretive Center (Powell, Wyo.) – WW II Japanese American confinement camp
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park (N.M.) – Ruins of the largest and most advanced ancient Pueblo villages in the Southwest
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (Near Sacramento, Calif.) – Site of discovery that sparked California’s 1849 Gold Rush

Travel across the country virtually with America’s Summer Roadtrip 2020

“For organizations facing a sharp drop in visitations this summer, this is a great way to raise awareness and encourage people to visit next year and in the years to come,” explained Carrie Lund, founder and executive director of The Pursuit of History. “And for individuals, this will be a fun way to travel across the country from the comfort of your tablet, computer, or iPhone/Android device.”

Lund added, “While our gatherings for history enthusiasts around the country are temporarily on hold because of social distancing, the roadtrip enables us to continue our mission of encouraging understanding and appreciation and engagement with history.”

For complete “Roadtrip” information including the day’s schedule, and to experience the Roadtrip live on Aug. 1, visit: AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org

The Pursuit of History™ is the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through unique annual events, including History Camp Boston (the first, started in 2014), History Camp Colorado, History Camp Virginia, and History Camp Philadelphia (new in 2020) and through video and other online content.

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  1. This is great news! I love how everyone is adapting to traveling in 2020. I love live streams and can’t wait to follow along with America’s Summer Roadtrip – thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds like fun! I am loving living through virtual travel and everyones local travels these days!

  3. You have definitely selected great places to check out. I can vouch for all the ones in Massachusetts, they are great. I am really looking forward to checking out the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.

    1. I didn’t get an opportunity to watch today, but definitely going to check a few of these out as I’m all about history.

  4. I love to see how people are adapting to the current situation. It seems that I am not the only one going stir crazy with cabin fever : )

  5. I still prefer to see things in person but during these times virtual travel is a pretty good alternative.

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