American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, April

A Place in the Heart North Carolina
MANY VISITORS TO THE OLD NORTH STATE ARE SURPRISED BY THE SENSATION OF STEPPING INTO HISTORY THAT ENVELOPS THEM UPON ARRIVAL. YET IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE; WHILE ITS NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH HAVE BETTER-KNOWN HISTORIES, NORTH CAROLINA, HOME...
Bit Part in a Big Theater
IT WAS THE SUMMER OF 1945. The fighting was over in Europe, Japan was on the brink of collapse, and I was on the island of Tinian in the Marianas, putting out a mimeographed newspaper and worrying the war might end before I got anywhere near the action....
Charleston, South Carolina A Multidimensional Destination
With a grace that has weathered three centuries, Charleston, South Carolina, is a place of welcome to 3 million visitors every year. The city continues to top lists of are more reasons than ever to experience the city's 1,000-acre historic district,...
Colonel McCormick's War
THE NEWSPAPER BARON ROBERT McCORMICK was a passionate isolationist--yet his brief service in France in 1918 shone for him all his life and gave birth to an extraordinary museum Catigny. Why would someone name his mansion after a minor World War...
Colorado
As a vacation destination, Colorado has few rivals. Its spectacular physical beauty, varied terrain, wide range of outdoor activities and rich historical sites earn it contender status on any but the most sedentary travele wish list. From the awesome...
Faberge Freedom and Plantation Life
The graceful living, treasures and traditions of another era come to life at Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark just outside of Charleston. Surprises delight visitors as they stroll 110 acres of carefully tended grounds along the scenic...
Forever Hollywood
THE PLACE where the greatest early movie stars built their final homes is returning to life PARAMOUNT PICTURES STANDS AT ITS BACK DOOR. Film crews shoot B movies on its sixty-two-acre grounds. And thousands of tourists stop at the office, pick up...
Jazz Liberates Paris
American jazz musicians once enjoyed a freedom and respect in France's capital that they could never win at home. Landmarks of that era still abound. FOR ALL THE BOOKS AND FILMS that have been done about painters and writers who went to Paris, far...
MARYLAND Sparks the Imagination
WITH A BIT OF IMAGINATION, A MAP OF MARYLAND RESEMBLES AN IMMENSE BUTTERFLY'S WING THAT BRUSHES THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS WITH ITS WESTERN TIP AND DIPS INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AT ITS EASTERNMOST POINT. VISITORS TO THE STATE WILL DISCOVER MANY REASONS...
Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Ibexes Roam
In the spring of 1950 I went to a family wedding in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. At the reception in the bride's home I met Martin Sommers, whom the hostess identified as foreign editor of The Saturday Evening Post. He and I shortly excused ourselves...
Primal Pump
IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, CARS CAN STILL FILL UP AT A FOUNT THAT NURTURED THE AUTOMOTIVE AGE IN ITS INFANC REIGHARD'S GAS AND OIL, WHICH STANDS AT 3205 Sixth Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania, looks pretty much like a thousand--or twenty thousand--other...
Profit Prophet
How a forgotten congressman's crusade helped bring about the incredible growth of the Internet and much else besides WHEN THE NEWS HIT EARLY THIS year that America Online, founded only fifteen years ago, would buy Time Warner, a media giant whose...
Save That House A Cautionary Tale
DECIDING TO RESCUE A HISTORIC PROPERTY IS THE START OF WHAT TURNS OUT TO BE A LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP AS TERRIFYING AS IT IS EXHILARATING THE THREAT WAS DISTANT BUT DEFINITE, like cannon rumbling beyond the next ridge. Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow were thinking...
See Rock City
Barns scattered throughout half the country still bear a sixty-year-old exhortation that has become familiar to millions of Americans LIKE MOST PEOPLE WHO MAKE HISTORY, CLARK BYERS HAD something else on his mind. When the young sign painter loaded...
Silver City
THE TALLEST TOWN IN AMERICA GROWS TALLER STILL WHEN VIEWED THROUGH THE LENS OF ITS REMARKABLE PAST THEY MOVED OUR HOUSE TO MINE THE EARTH it sat upon. They didn't move just our house but the entire town of Climax, Colorado. By the end of 1962 more...
The Bozeman Trail
The "Bloody Bozeman" was the last of the great western, covered-wagon emigration trails. Its route led pioneers through the heart of the legendary hunting lands of the Northern Plains Indian Tribes. This vast region, which would become northeast Wyoming,...
The Broad View
A century and a half's worth of commercial buildings energize Philadelphia's main drag THIS IS THE CLASSIC VIEW OF DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA, WHERE A PRECISELY DEFINED perspective leads the eye north from Spruce Street down a South Broad Street lined...
The Engineered Society
Reform party movements can be pretty weird in the best of times; imagine what they might have been like in the worst THIS WINTER THE ONGOING BATTLE FOR control of the Reform party began to strain credulity--not to mention the adage that politics...
The Mississippi in Flower
A steamboat makes springtime visits to some of the region's most fragrant and historic gardens GARDENS WERE MY EXCUSE TO CRUISE THE Mississippi River last April on the stern-wheeler American Queen. They were the focus of a five-day roundtrip from...
The Tenement Museum
On Manhattan's Lower East Side you can visit a haunting re-creation of a life that was at one harder and better than we remember FOR MANY IMMIGRANTS, MOVING TO A new country is in ways like becoming a child again. Like children, they have few connections...
The Time Machine
1975 Twenty-five Years Ago The Fall of Saigon On April 30, North Vietnamese army tanks crashed through the gates of the presidential palace in Saigon, emphatically punctuating the end of the nation's three-decade civil war. Led by the charismatic...
Turkey: Land of Ancient Enchantments
As a bridge between Asia and Europe, Turkey has always been a land of startling contrasts. It's a truly modern country, yet has a record of civilization that stretches back some 10,000 years. Situated between the two continents, it has a vibrant and...
U.S. Marshals
In the United States, the quest for law and order is as old as the country itself. While the Declaration of Independence gave birth to the nation, it was our first peace officers -- the U.S. Marshals -- that turned this rebellious nation into a...
West Virginia
Bordering on Brilliance Maybe it's West Virginia's geographical status as a border state that explains the area's rich cultural heritage. An easy mix of traditions from the North and South, plus eastern and western influences, gives the state a...
Women-at-Arms
After seeing last April's "Readers' Album," with its photograph of five brothers who enlisted in the Army, Navy, and Marines during World War II, Hazel Taylor thought her own story might interest us. "In 1943, without telling my mother, Vesta Parker,...