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Historic Travel

Instead of battling the crowds at Disney World this summer, you could witness a live Civil War battle reenacted before your eyes. Or, your family could explore ancient Native American cliff dwellings in the Grand Canyon. Whatever era of America's past interests you, historical travel is an exciting and educational way to spend your summer vacation.

After the events of September 11, Americans are expressing a renewed interest in our country's heritage. This summer, millions of families will make cultural or historical activities part of their vacation plans. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, historical and cultural travel is up 10 percent from 1996. One of the benefits of this type of travel is that it allows visitors to get a personal, up-close view of history. Kids and parents can walk the paths that historical heroes walked, ask questions of knowledgeable tour guides, and imagine themselves in another time.

Visiting places important to our country's history helps us understand where we have come from. By helping to support and preserve historic sites, we are ensuring that these irreplaceable elements of our heritage can be enjoyed by generations to come.




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Make a gift so future generations can continue to enjoy and learn about our heritage.

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American Association of Museums
Education and advocacy programs
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American Historical Association
Education programs; preservation & collection of historical documents
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Campaign for Colonial Williamsburg
Celebrate 75th anniversary of its restoration
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Grand Canyon Trust
Protect the majesty of the Grand Canyon
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National Trust for Historic Preservation
Save historic places and revitalize communities
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Smithsonian Institute
Our nation’s attic
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Yellowstone Park Foundation
Protect Yellowstone/Greater Rockies
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Be A Volunteer
Many historic destinations are supported through volunteers. Learn how you can lend a hand.

Volunteer with one of these organizations or search for opportunities in your area.

Heritage Preservation Services
Learn how to care for a historic building
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National Museum of American History
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National Park Service
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National Trust for Historic Preservation
Protect a place you cherish
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Nominate a National Landmark
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Save America’s Treasures
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Smithsonian Institute
Volunteer with the world’s largest museum complex
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State archeology weeks and months
Join an archeology project in your state
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Speak Out
Show your support of historic preservation by speaking out.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Speak out on issues that may be affecting your community
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Nominate an Endangered Historic Place
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See what's endangered in your state - and get involved!
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Become a preservation advocate
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Grand Canyon Trust
Stay current on conservation issues
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Yellowstone
Protect Yellowstone and the Greater Rockies
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