Americana

I have located a number of ‘Americana’ related sites
that some visitors might enjoy.

The sites linked below all focus on one or another topic which would fall into the more broad category of Americana. As more ideas come to me, I will search for other branches of the Americana tree. If you know of similar sites or unrepresented topics that might fit into this category, find an e-mail link and send me your suggestions.

The majority of the pages listed contain their own link pages which will direct you to many other related sites. With that in mind, I will only select a few from each category to showcase here.


LIGHTHOUSES

 Legendary Lighthouses and Lighthouse Depot give insight into these beautiful and powerful towers of light.

Lighthouses of the Great Lakes provides stunning images of the lighthouses in the Great Lakes region.

New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide gives an online tour of New England’s beautiful and historic lighthouses.

The Marblehead Lighthouse in  Ottawa County is just a short drive away from my home in Sandusky, Ohio.


BARNS

The Barn Journal is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture.

Barns of Indiana Painting Project contains the original artwork of Gwen Gutwein.

The Wisconsin Barn Preservation Program is aimed at addressing public concerns and drawing attention to the importance of preserving the elements of Wisconsin’s rural countryside.

2003 marked the Ohio Bicentennial.  To celebrate this occasion, the Ohio Bicentennial Commission hired Scott Hagan to paint the Bicenennial logo on one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The project took about five years to complete.  Read all about it on the Bicentennial Barn page, with links to photos of each barn.

I received this story in an e-mail from a friend in February of 2006. I do not know where it originated; therefore, I cannot give credit to the source of the story or the photographs, but both were too beautiful not to share.


RAILROADS

Clara’s Railroad Crossing explores some of the history and lore of the locomotive.

Visit North American Steam Locomotives for a wealth of information and links.

Transportation History: The Steam Locomotive is an informative article detailing the invention, history, and mechanics of the steam engine locomotive.  The site has a number of interesting links as well.  Many thanks go out to Ms. Fuller’s 2012 sixth grade class at Colonial Academy (located just outside of Richmond, Virginia) for the recommendation!

Timeline of Transportation Technology provides a history of the transportation of goods.  Although the site covers historical periods well before the railroad, it gives a great overview of how humanity delivered goods from point A to point B through time.  Many thanks for recommending this link to Julianne and Ms. Harding’s science group at Enriching Kids!

The goal of the Wisconsin Historic Rail Connection is to provide a unique look at railroading & some of the people who have helped make rail transportation possible.

The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is located in Bellevue, Ohio; just southwest of Sandusky.


COVERED BRIDGES

The Covered Bridges site is interested in the conservation of the heritage and rural scenery which these  bridges provide.

Ohio Covered Bridges deals strictly with the bridges located in my home State.

Parke County, Indiana claims to be the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. They even have an annual covered bridge festival!


Speaking of festivals, who among us doesn’t have fond memories of the small town festivals we attended as  children? I still remember the bed races in Richmond, Ohio, the Cadiz Coal Festival, the Smithfield Apple Festival, and the Mingo Community Days. Although none of these Jefferson County Ohio gatherings are listed at the Festival Links Page (yet) you will surely enjoy the others listed. Check to see if your small hometown festival is represented, and if not — contact your community leaders to resolve that omission!

Ohio is home to dozens of great small town festivals.  A more complete list of Ohio festivals can be found at a page called… what else? … Ohio Festivals.


QUILTING

America Quilts explores the rich history, art, and personal stories of quilt-making in America.

The Quilt Channel is your jump station to all the quilting goodies the web has to offer. Their aim is to be the most comprehensive guide to quilting links anywhere.

QuiltNet is a gateway to a delightful array of craft-related web pages, covering the worlds of quilting, weaving, sewing.


MISCELLANEOUS

Old Time Radio is your source for the history of nostalgic and old time radio series and news!

America as it Was is a virtual tour of the U.S. through vintage postcards.

For an additional Americana fix, go to my Art & Music page and browse through my list of favorite NPR and PRI radio shows.

And for another ‘cross-post': my Ohio & Alumni page has links to various Amish related sites in Ohio.

Roadside America is your online guide to offbeat attractions. Scores and scores of wacky attractions and local landmarks for the traveler who absolutely HAS  to see things like the world’s largest basket, of ears of corn statues six feet tall… The site also includes a feature where you can submit your own additions.  Great fun.


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