History Happenings February: Civil War, WWII

President of Confederacy Jefferson David

Despite being the shortest month of the year, February has an historical highlight list that rivals any other time of the year. It seems that this time of transition from mid-winter into the hopeful days that lead to spring signals to the fates that it is time to move and make something happen. Read More


Register for Historian Kevin Hymel’s WWII Webinar

Bastogne Map December 1944

We are excited to announce historian Kevin Hymel’s upcoming webinar. “Defending Bastogne, the Battle of Noville: Against All Odds.” Kevin will discuss the details of the Battle of Noville and show how this brave, small force stymied an armored enemy force three times their size, in the freezing village of Noville. Read More


Ten Little Known Facts About the Ghost Army

Ghost Army Thanksgiving 1944

Historian Rick Beyer, who produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and co-wrote (with Liz Sayles) The Ghost Army of World War II shares "Ten Little Known Facts about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops (AKA the Ghost Army)." Read More


History Happenings January: War of 1812 and the Civil War

Battle of New Orleans

Occasionally we like to highlight historical events that coincide with our travels and tour offerings. In this case, two significant events occurred in January that we feature in our tours for visits and discussions. They are related to other happenings during the Civil War and one vital closing episode from the War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans, that took place right downriver from the city of New Orleans and perilously close to home for the folks who lived here at the time. Read More


A Son’s Remembrance of Easy Company Member George Luz

George Luz of Easy Company

We are delighted to share “Through My Father’s Eyes,” a video by George Luz, Jr. about his father, Easy Company member George Luz. George originally shared stories of his father, who was a paratrooper with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, with his local PBS station in Rhode Island in an episode called “Hometown Hero.” He has graciously … Read More


A Pillar of Easy Company: George Luz

George Luz of Easy Company

“One of the pillars of Easy Company,” was how Major Richard Winters described him. Incensed as many Americans were by the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Luz enlisted in the Army and, attracted by its elite status and the extra 50 dollars a month jump pay, volunteered for the newly formed airborne forces. Ordered to Camp Toccoa, Georgia, Luz arrived at the newly created home of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment to begin what he would later call, “the best three years of my life.” Read More


Historian Ron Drez Interviewed for Special on Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson

Brian Kilmeade, presented an hour-long tribute to our 7th President, and hero at the Battle of New Orleans, Major General Andrew Jackson. It was appropriately entitled: Hero Under Fire. Participating in this program, and walking the battlefield with Kilmeade, was author and historian, Ronald Drez. Those of you who have traveled with Ron... Read More


Don Farrell, Historian for Marianas, Added to Symposium Lineup

Historian Don Farrell

We are excited to announce that Don Farrell, our historian for Marianas on our Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific Tour, has a new book being published and he will be coming to New Orleans for a book signing and presentation during our Leadership in American History Symposium & Historic New Orleans Tour. As many … Read More

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