D Day recalled by Veterans

Though D-Day was 67 years ago today, World War II veterans Tracy Sugarman and Walter Blum remember the historic events of that day like it was yesterday. Sugarman was an ensign in U.S. Naval Reserve. His unit's mission on the day allied forces invaded Normandy, France was to transport men, supplies and vehicles to the … Continue reading D Day recalled by Veterans

Historical Cooking

Recently the Living History Podcast posted a podcast all about creating meals as a way to engage the public.  Reenactors Gazette has been to several living history events where food demos have been the source of educating people, but lately many of the events we've gone to; the reenactors are loosing that interaction and seem … Continue reading Historical Cooking

Zebulon Vance Birthplace budget Victim

WEAVERVILLE — The Zebulon Vance Birthplace is among eight historic sites that may close if proposed budget cuts make their way through the state legislature today, according to state officials. Gov. Bev Perdue's proposed budget already calls for a significant cut, but a budget proposal in the state House adds another $1.2 million in reductions. That … Continue reading Zebulon Vance Birthplace budget Victim

Reliving the 1700s in America

The American Civil War, always a topic of great interest, is even more in people's minds these days because of the 150th anniversary of its commencement. There wasn't much hoopla about the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, was there? Few people know much about it. William T. Johnson, co-founder of J.B. Solomon … Continue reading Reliving the 1700s in America

Patriots Day

Many of us here in Billerica and throughout Massachusetts associate Patriots Day with the annual Boston Marathon.  But what is Patriots Day all about and how is it celebrated in the neighborhood towns of Concord and Lexington? In reality Patriot's Day is a special Massachusetts State holiday commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolution … Continue reading Patriots Day

Celebrating the first shots of the CW

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Even before cannons sound to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, tourism in this antebellum city where the conflict began is already booming. The thousands of re-enactors and visitors expected to arrive this weekend for Tuesday's re-creation of the first shots of the war will simply … Continue reading Celebrating the first shots of the CW