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Sure, there were pirates in the Caribbean, but the Great Lakes had them too
Michigan Radio (10/14)
Although the pirates of the Great Lakes generally didn't have parrots on their shoulder, and rarely walked with a piece of wood for their leg, there were pirates on the Great Lakes.

Did missing airship meet its fate near Grand Haven, Mich.?
Grand Haven Tribune (10/13)
Piloted by "Professor" John Wise, the 71-year-old aviation pioneer took to the sky from Lindell Park in St. Louis, Mo. in 1879. No trace of a wreck or the craft was ever found. Did it crash into Lake Michigan?

Push ahead to raise more shipwrecks onto the National Register of Historic Places
Great Lakes Echo (10/6)
The Michigan Historical Center seeks to add more shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places.

Shipwrecks, lighthouses in spotlight at Toledo’s National Museum of the Great Lakes
The Hamilton Spectator (10/4)
There have been 8,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. A few of those are spotlighted in the expanded and relocated National Museum of the Great Lakes, a new Toledo attraction that opened in the spring and includes a 617-foot-long ore boat/museum ship.

Researchers ID mystery wreck in Lake Erie
The Toledo Blade (9/18)
The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, in collaboration with its partners the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, has identified a mystery wreck in Lake Erie as the schooner Plymouth that sank in 1852 after a collision with a sidewheel steamer.

Brig Niagara marks Battle of Lake Erie anniversary
Erie Times-News (9/11)
Wednesday marked the 201st anniversary of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. U.S. Brig captains, crew members and the public commemorated the decisive War of 1812 event during an afternoon ceremony at the Erie Maritime Museum.

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Publications
Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History
Indiana Historical Society

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State and Provincial Resources
ILLINOIS
Historic Sites
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Lists the state's major historical sites.

Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service
The Illinois & Michigan Canal, completed in 1848, connected the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River watershed along a longstanding Indian portage route.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
National Park Service
At 3700 miles, Lewis & Clark NHT is the second longest of the 23 National Scenic & National Historic Trails.

Lincoln Home
National Park Service
Located in Springfield, this two-story home of Abraham Lincoln is the only house he ever owned.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
National Park Service
Led by Brigham Young, roughly 70,000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Pioneer Trail from 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
National Park Service
The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward.

INDIANA
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
National Park Service
A classic memorial stands on the site of Fort Sackville to commemorate the capture of the fort from British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers by Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen on February 25, 1779.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
National Park Service
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln spent 14 formative years of his life, from the ages of 7 to 21.

MICHIGAN
Father Marquette National Memorial
National Park Service
Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum is located in Straits State Park and is interpreted in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative
The Detroit River, part of the connecting channels linking lakes Huron and Erie, is one of 14 U.S. rivers honored with the AHR designation in 1998. The Initiative is a multi-stakeholder process that promotes environmental stewardship, encourages economic development, and celebrates history and culture.

Keweenaw National Historical Park
National Park Service
Keweenaw National Historical Park preserves the heritage of copper mining in this unique setting amid many of the original structures and landscapes of the copper era.

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Mackinac Island State Park Commission
Mackinac State Historic Parks protect, preserve and present Mackinac's rich cultural and natural resources to provide outstanding educational and recreational experiences for the public.

MINNESOTA
Grand Portage National Monument
National Park Service
Reopened in 1951 as Grand Portage National Historic Site, designated a National Monument in 1958, its nearly 710 acres lying entirely within the boundaries of Grand Portage Ojibwe Indian Reservation, the reconstructed depot celebrates fur trade and Ojibwe lifeways.

Historic Sites in Minnesota
Minnesota Office of Tourism
Under "Family Fun/Education" select "Historic Museums & Sites" to see a list of all the state's historical sites and museums, plus an explanation of available activities and contact information.

Minnesota State Historic Sites
Minnesota Historical Society
A spotlight on a few historical sites and information on 20 historic destinations throughout Minnesota.

Pipestone National Monument
National Park Service
As commanded by the spirit bird in the Sioux story of its creation, the pipestone here is quarried by anyone of Indian ancestry.

NEW YORK
Castle Clinton National Monument
National Park Service
On August 3, 1855, Castle Garden, now leased to New York State, opened as an immigrant landing depot. During the next 34 years, over 8 million people entered the United States through Castle Garden, until it was closed on April 18, 1890.

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
National Park Service
Visitors may tour Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage and enjoy the lovely gardens and grounds on the site.

Ellis Island National Monument
National Park Service
Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steerage and third class steamship passengers who entered the United States through the port of New York were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor covers 524 miles in Upstate New York, including four navigable waterways: Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca; sections of the first Erie Canal; and over 200 municipalities adjacent to the canals.

Federal Hall National Memorial
National Park Service
The First Congress met in the new Federal Hall, and wrote the Bill of Rights, and George Washington was inaugurated here as President on April 30, 1789.

General Grant National Memorial
National Park Service
This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, victorious Union commander of the Civil War, includes the tomb of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant.

Governors Island National Monument
National Park Service
Governors Island is a 172-acre island located a half-mile from the southern tip of Manhattan in New York harbor.

Hamilton Grange National Memorial
National Park Service
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, located at 287 Convent Avenue, preserves the home of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
National Park Service
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site contains "Springwood", the lifelong home of America's only 4-term President.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site
National Park Service
Chartered in l988, the Tenement Museum’s mission is “to promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of a variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a gateway to America”.

Manhattan Sites
National Park Service
Manhattan Sites is a unique urban park that consists of six separate sites representing the Seventeenth through the Twentieth Centuries.

Martin Van Buren
National Park Service
Located in Kinderhook, this estate was purchased by the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren, in 1839 during his presidency.

Sagamore Hill
National Park Service
Located in Oyster Bay, this estate was the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1886 until his death in 1919.

Saint Paul's Church
National Park Service
Located in Mount Vernon, the building has been open to the public since 1984.

Saratoga National Historical Park
National Park Service
Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battles of Saratoga rank among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history.

Statue Of Liberty National Monument
National Park Service
To better understand this monumental work of art, visitors will be able to view inside the Statue through a glass ceiling, guided by a park ranger and an enhanced lighting and new video system.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
National Park Service
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at this site from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
National Park Service
The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural NHS preserves the former Ansley Wilcox home, the scene of this fateful turning point in American history.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
National Park Service
The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century.

Women's Rights National Historical Park
National Park Service
The park consists of four major historical properties and a state of the art Visitor Center.

OHIO
David Berger National Memorial
National Park Service
This site honors the memory of David Berger, an American citizen who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
National Park Service
Dayton Aviation Heritage commemorates three exceptional men - Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar - and their work in the Miami Valley.

First Ladies National Historic Site
National Park Service
The library functions as a national archive of the contributions of America's first ladies and other notable American women.

Heritage Ohio
Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism
Search on multiple heritage topics such as Historic Sites and the Underground Railroad.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
National Park Service
The park contains nationally significant archeological resources including large earthwork and mound complexes that provide an insight into the social, ceremonial, political, and economic life of the Hopewell people.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site
National Park Service
James A. Garfield National Historic Site preserves the property associated with the 20th President of the United States.

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial National Memorial
National Park Service
Constructed between 1912 and 1915 by a commission of nine states and the federal government, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial was built not only to commemorate the American naval triumph, but also "to inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament."

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
National Park Service
The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States.

ONTARIO
Historic Site
Attractions Ontario
Search through the "Attractions Search" to view a synopsis of historical sites along with contact information.

Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Canada
Kingston's waterfront marine heritage offers the family and marine enthusiasts a chance to reflect on the history of shipping on the Great Lakes.

National Historic Sites: Ontario
Parks Canada
Scroll down and click on Ontario to see a listing and complete description of each site in the province.

PENNSYLVANIA
Allegheny Portage Railroad
National Park Service
The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed over the Allegheny Mountains. This inclined plane railroad operated between 1834-1854 and was considered a technological wonder in its day.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
National Park Service
Come journey through five Pennsylvania counties bursting with heritage and brimming with outdoor adventure.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
National Park Service
The brief and tragic life of the author, his times, and literary legacy are interpreted in the building that once sheltered Poe and his family.

Eisenhower Farmhouse
National Park Service
Locate adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders.

ExplorePAhistory.com
Explore Pennsylvania's historical markers and find out about attractions, events and activities as well as educational resources on this informative site.

Flight 93 National Memorial
National Park Service
On September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 courageously gave their lives thwarting a planned attack on our Nation's Capital.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield
National Park Service
Colonial troops commanded by 22 year old Colonel George Washington were defeated in this small stockade at the "Great Meadow".

Friendship Hill National Historic Site
National Park Service
Friendship Hill National Historic Site preserves the country estate of Albert Gallatin, a Swiss emigrant who served his adopted nation during the early years of the republic.

Gettysburg National Cemetery
National Park Service
The Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for American veterans from all of this country's major wars and conflicts.

Gettysburg National Military Park
National Park Service
Gettysburg National Military Park incorporates nearly 6,000 acres, with 26 miles of park roads and over 1,400 monuments, markers, and memorials.

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site
National Park Service
Enter the tiny church and feel three hundred years of history welcoming you.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
National Park Service
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation.

Independence National Historical Park
National Park Service
Independence National Historical Park, located in downtown (called "Center City"), Philadelphia, is often referred to as the birthplace of our nation.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial
National Park Service
The park contains nearly 165 acres and preserves the remains of the South Fork Dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
A spotlight on Pennsylvania history.

Steamtown
National Park Service
Steamtown National Historic Site preserves an era that slipped from public consciousness virtually unnoticed. Today, you can relive that era as the fire-breathing behemoths lumber back to life.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
National Park Service
In a small rented room on the second floor of this house, Kosciuszko spent the winter of 1797-98 reading, sketching and receiving distinguished visitors like Vice-President Thomas Jefferson.

U.S. Brig Niagara
Erie, Pa., is the proud home of the U.S. Brig Niagara, a reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship in the battle of Lake Erie. Meet the crew and learn the history through this unique program of sailing and historic interpretation.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
National Park Service
Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the collective sacrifices and dedication of the Revolutionary War generation, it pays homage to the ability of everyday Americans to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

QUEBEC
National Historic Sites: Québec
Parks Canada
Scroll down and click on Quebec to see a listing and complete description of each site in the province.

WISCONSIN
History & Heritage in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Search under "Things To Do", then under "Recreation and Attractions."

Wisconsin's Maritime Trails
Through Web sites, interpretive signage, public presentations and shipwreck moorings, the Maritime Trails initiative encourages divers, snorkelers, boaters, maritime enthusiasts, and tourists to visit and enjoy Wisconsin's diverse collection of maritime resources.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Arts in the Great Lakes Region
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GLIN: Forests and Forestry in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Museums in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Parks in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Region

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