Black History Month - Bust of George Washington Carver. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”

Moslih Eddin Saadi

No matter where you go, every place has a story and historical travel unpacks those stories.

From great struggles against oppressive forces to human ingenuity, the people and the places who have defined significant eras in human history move many to travel see where history was made. Travel through the historical places, see and observe what was then and how things are now. Every place has evolved over ages and become what it is today , hence you must visit history to understand the struggles and changes that came through with time.

Being able to walk where history was made, seeing the places that shaped legendary figures or experiencing life as our ancestors did, historical travel allows history to come to life in ways that transcend a history book.


St. Simons Island lighthouse

St. Simons Museum Shows that War is Hell on the Home Front, Too.

By Kathleen Walls

St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia is filled with history. Its newest museum, the World War II Home Front Museum, gives a different view of the war from typical accounts.   Read more

United States History
Ian and a group in Montana on a dinosaur dig. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

5 Places to See Dinosaur Fossils in the U.S.

By Breana Johnson

On your next trip, bring natural history to life with a dinosaur encounter! The U.S. offers many attractions where you can view dinosaur fossils—or even participate in a dino dig.   Read more

United States Accessible Experiences History
Winston Churchill sculpture standing behind a podium giving his Iron Curtain speech. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Winston Churchill’s Connection to a Small Midwestern Town

In this World Footprints podcast, Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick explore the life and times of Winston Churchill, his impact on the world and his relationship with the small town of Fulton, Missouri (MO).   Read more

United States History
old-town-Plovdiv

The City of Plovdiv: Treasures of the Ancient World

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Plovdiv is the 3rd oldest city in the world, whose history dates back over 6,000 years. This ancient city is often referred to as the “Paris of the Balkans” and quickly becoming a must-see tourist destination in Bulgaria.   Read more

Europe History
New Orleans - The Rebirth Brass Band

Take Me To The River: New Orleans – a celebration of music history and legacy

The music of New Orleans is not just considered a birthplace of jazz music but carries various styles of music. It is a unique global collaboration that gave birth to an exceptional musical genre that was never experienced tradit   Read more

New Orleans History Literature & Music
Bath, England on the river.

Amazing UK World Heritage Sites

By Ali Jennings

The United Kingdom is a country with a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise that it has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.   Read more

United Kingdom History Preservation
Harrison brothers store. Exteriorof Harrison Brothers Store. Alabama Photo: Kathleen Walls

Huntsville before it Became Rocket City

By Kathleen Walls

The world knows Huntsville, Alabama as Rocket City. Sure, it’s fun to visit the Space and Rocket Center, but there is another older part of Huntsville that is well worth a visit. You can step back to the place where Alabama first became a state; its constitution was ratified in … Read more   Read more

United States History
Grinnell Lake from Grinnell Glacier Trail. Photo: Ali Wunderman

Glacier National Park: A beautiful place with an ugly history

By Ali Wunderman

It’s been a tough summer living right next to Glacier National Park. With international borders closed to U.S. travelers, Americans have set their sights on road tripping the national parks, especially in places of low population density, and by extension low COVID-19 cases.   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
Spain - Seville Tapas Bar

What a snack from southern Spain tells you about religious persecution

By David Pope

I was eating my favourite sandwich in a tapas bar in Seville when my mind was blown.   Read more

Spain Religious Travel Food & Drink History
Judy Cooper and the Prince of Wales in a Second Line.

Dancing in the Streets: A History of the Second Line

In this episode of World Footprints, Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick visited The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) in the French Quarter to meet with two amazing guests, Judy Cooper and Eric Seiferth, who help us understand the history and traditions of the Second Line.   Read more

New Orleans Events & Festivals History
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The Myths, Legends, and Magic of Malacca

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Southeast Asia is filled with cultural diversity, unique cuisine, and the most unbelievable panoramic views, such as tropical rainforests and seas. Located in the Southern region of the Malay Peninsula is the state of Malacca, and the capital is Malacca City which UNESCO named a world heritage site in 2008.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History Preservation
Thomas Edison . Robben Island in South Africa. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

TODAY IN HISTORY: Edison is born, Mandela is freed (Feb. 11th)

Thomas A. Edison On this day in 1846, Thomas A. Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.  During his lifetime, 1,093 patents were issued to Edison during his lifetime, the last at age 83.  He was nothing short of practical, saying once that he never wasted time inventing things people did not want … Read more   Read more

History
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TODAY IN HISTORY: The Grand Canyon becomes a National Park (Feb. 26, 1919)

In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt signed legislation giving the Grand Canyon status as a National Monument. On February 26th, 1919, by an act of the United States Congress, Grand Canyon National Monument became Grand Canyon National Park. Today, the National Park receives over 4 million visitors and contains over 1.2 … Read more   Read more

United States History
Puerto Rico

TODAY IN HISTORY: Ponce de Leon (March 3, 1513)

On this day in 1513, Ponce de Leon set sail from Puerto Rico to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Caribbean Indian legends spoke of waters, a drink of which would guarantee a life free from the worries of old age. De Leon had served with Christopher Columbus on his … Read more   Read more

United States History
Mercedes automobile car

TODAY IN HISTORY: Founding of AAA (March 4, 1902)

It was 1902 and automobiles were quickly becoming the vehicle of choice. Road conditions, however, were deplorable. The relatively small number of drivers had to fight for the right to even use some roads in favor of horse drawn carriages. Small groups of drivers had formed clubs across the country … Read more   Read more

United States History