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The products are Americana, the convenience is contemporary, but the ambiance is American shopping as it was in a time before mega malls. It all can be found at the Village Shops our Main Street Business District of Americana goods and services. More
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Historic U.S. Highways - About old U.S. highways in California.
Highway Signs (Moeur)- An extensive site by someone in the field.
Comprehensive Highway Signs and Markers Gallery - The source - highway markers for the fifty states, Canada, and abroad.
Mark O'Brien's Highway Page - Old sign photos and covers of state official maps.
Andy's Highway Kick-Off Page - A great source for all things related to roads. Among the many highlights are links to websites concerning various specific roads in the 50 states. Highly recommended.
Via Guide - Another great source for links to information about roads and more. Highly recommended.
SignalFan's Home Page - A site dedicated to pictures of traffic lights.
Jeff's Streetlighting & Highways Fanatic Page- Photos and everything you ever wanted to know about streetlights.
Kurumi SignMaker - Through this site you can make your own freeway sign, with real highway fonts and shield.
EATS ALONG THE WAY:
Diner City - A guide to America's diners and roadside architecture. Listings by state include maps and menus.
Barbecue'n on the Internet - Tips, recipes & contests
Kent's North Carolina-Style BBQ Page - includes definition of North Carolina style barbeque, restaurant reviews and more.
Fire Girl's Chile Pepper Wonderland - Tips on growing, cooking and eating red and white peppers.
The Wienermobile - History of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile since its launching in 1936.
The Popcorn Board - From history to popcorn poppers and nutrition to crafts, everything and anything about popcorn.
ABOUT FILLING STATIONS:
Petrolina - Where to find original old gas stations and collectibles from original old gas stations
ABOUT PLACES TO STAY:
ABOUT AMERICA AS IT ONCE WAS (OLD FASHIONED CARS & OTHER STUFF):
Classic Car Source - Info and links about classic cars and auto memorailia
National DeSoto Fan Club - All things DeSotoVaudeville Memories
Wurlitzer Jukebox- History, photos and more on this famous jukebox.
Original Old Time Radio - Programs from the golden age of radio
Vince's Old Time Radio Resource Page - Resources related to the collection and listening of programs from the golden age of radio (1920's-1950's)
It's Been A Long, Long Time - JAM's Nostalgia Page chronicling music and more from the 1930s-1905s
Popular Culture - Library collection chronicling American Popular Culture in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
American Folk - About people, folklore and American culture
Doo Wop Preservation Society - Strives to educate the masses on the popular culture of the 1950's and 1960's by means of artifacts, neon motels and the culture of the Jersey Shore.
A comprehensive source for an exploration of preservation efforts around the country. From Cornell University.
American Presidents - A site complement to C-SPAN's 20th anniversary television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
The American Presidency - A set of articles on the president, presidency and American Politics from Encyclopedia Americana.
Historynet - A history source to provide context to your journey of discovery
The American Experience - Companion site to PBS's long-running historical documentary series.
ABOUT AMERICAN MUSIC:
redhotjazz.com - A history of jazz before 1930
AT THE THEATRE & DRIVE-INS:
A site on Drive-ins -- With everything from histories to old ads and sample menus.
ReelClassics.com - The place to go for anything related to old films.
The Palace: Classic Film Site - Classic movie site also features articles on various topics (i.e. Blacklist).
Class Act: Those Golden Movie Musicals - Information about old movie musicals, including scores.
American Film Institute - Organization responsible for promoting and preserving classic movies. This site features their list of all-time top movies and stars.
ABOUT THE AMUSEMENT PARK:
Aceonline - Official homepage of the American Coaster Enthusiasts
Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society - A history of one of America's most beloved amusement park (Now the site of high rise apartments)
ABOUT THE CIRCUS:
CircusWeb - Circus, history, lore, terms, organizations and performing groups.
AT THE BALLPARK:
ABOUT BUSES & TROLLEYS:
Classic Bus Depot - Pictures of old buses, models and books about buses for sale.
Motor Bus Society - Chronicles the history of buses.
ABOUT THE RAILROADS:
railroad.net - Pictures, lots of links and chats on various aspects of railroads, present and past.
Railroad History - features a day in the life of a railroad worker. Old pictures, and historical information about those who helped build the railroads.
Railroad Maps: 1828-1900 - Collection of maps chronicles growth of settlement and the industry in the 19th century.
ABOUT TELEVISION BEFORE THERE WAS CABLE:
Tim's T.V. Showcase - Over 265 classic television programs profiled; links to networks and various television resources.
ABOUT THE WEST:
Outwest - An offbeat publication about unique people & places Out West.
New Perspectives On The West - Companion site to PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Steve Ives tracing the history of the American West. Photos, biographies, commentray and background materials.
Lewis & Clark - Companion to the PBS film,"Lewis & Clark: A Journey of the Corps of Discovery".
ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS:
ABOUT THE SOUTH:
ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR:
Southern Comfort - History of Civil War with collection of battles
ABOUT NEW ENGLAND:
Also see "Games" section for additional trivia listings.
ABOUT SPEAKING AMERICAN:
AMERISPEAK- A place to read about and share expressions that American ancestors have passed down from generation to generation.
ABOUT LITERARY AMERICA:
ON ARTS AND CRAFTS:
ABOUT THE UNIQUE, OFFBEAT AND MISC.:
The American Highway Project (Photographic Documentation and Preservation of America's Vanishing Roadside Culture)
Listings of farmers' markets around the country
Roadside Art - Links of interesting and unique sites
The Art of Southern Painters - A gallery of hand painted signs
Forgotten New York - A New Yorker's site dedicated to the best of New York - much of it now lost or forgotten.
Fading Ad Campaign - A site dedicated to facade ads on the sides of N.Y.C. buildings.
Jvincent's Road House - All kinds of road signs
Minnesota's Larger Than Life and Other Strange Wonders - More than 300 entires complied between 1968-1995 by David W. Nystuen. On The site of the Minnesota Historical Society.
U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association - Official site for the sport.
World Canals Conference - Contacts for canal interests.
ABOUT AMERICAN LEGENDS:Ella Fitzgerald Fats Waller Hank Williams Jack Benny Henry Fonda
Washington Irving Norman Rockwell
ABOUT AMERICA ON DISPLAY (Unique Museums and Museums Displaying Americana)
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village: Online Exhibits - A lot on cars and Americana
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Largest naval museum in the world, located in Charleston, SC
ABOUT HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Adams Point Preservation Society - information of upcoming events, meetings, issues and more.
Arlington Historical Society - owns and operates the 1740s Jason Russell House and the Smith Museum on Arlington history.
Army Historical Foundation - non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier.
Beloit Historical Society - Wisconsin history including information on Lincoln Center, Hanchett-Bartlett Homestead, and Society events.
Bergen County Historical Society - promotes appreciation of local & NJ history. Campbell-Christie, Demarest & Steuben Houses, displays of Jersey Dutch folk art, antiques, architecture & indian artifacts.
Berkeley County Historical Society - dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of history in Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Bostonian Society - contains a library and museum, and provides exhibitions and programs for adults and children.
Brooklyn Historical Society - museum, library, and education center dedicated to illuminating the rich heritage of borough's diverse peoples and cultures, past and present.
California Historical Society - featuring an onsite bookstore and museum; includes local photos, historical publications, biographical clippings and more.
Camden County Historical Society - resource for those doing research on South Jersey history and genealogy.
Chicago Historical Society - Chicago and early Illinois history displayed in many exhibits and available to researchers.
Clayton Historical Society - home, town jail and other buildings have been converted into a museum.
Clearwater County Historical Society - A 1911 brick schoolhouse holds the main exhibits, with a log cabin, log school (first in county), railroad depot and other buildings also on the grounds. Also genealogical research.
Connecticut Historical Society - museum and library of CT and early New England history; genealogy research services.
Dallas Historical Society - collects and preserves the history of Dallas and Texas.
Filson Club Historical Society - organized May 15, 1884, for collecting, preserving, and publishing historical material, especially that pertaining to Kentucky.
Fort Lauderdale Historic Society - history from the Seminole Indians to Spring Break.
Great Lakes Historical Society - Great Lakes lore is told through ship models, painting, exhibits and collections of artifacts unique to the Inland Seas.
Heritage Society - Houston, TX - mission is to preserve history through restoration of historic structures, exhibition of historical artifacts and presentation of education programs.
Historical Society of Cecil County - operates a library and museum that promotes the county's history.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania - an independent center for research in Pennsylvania's history and a genealogy center.
Hoard Historical Museum - Small museum in rural musuem also the site of the National Dairy Shrine Visitor's Center.
Humboldt County Historical Society - resource for Northwest Californian, West Coast, and Humboldt County history.
Illinois Historical Society - historical markers, centennial business, scholarships, publications, and special events.
Indiana Historical Society - independent, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the history of the 19th state.
Italian Historical Society of America - outlining the achievements of Italians and Italian Americans throughout history.
Jamestowne Society - organized to discover and record the names of living descendants of early settlers who established the nation, and more.
Jewish Historical Society of Maryland - features programs and events, exhibitions, volunteer information, and more.
Kennebunkport Historical Society - informing the public of the history associated with the area; from the shipbuilding industry to today's tourist industry.
Kennesaw Historical Society - meets at the Kennesaw, GA, Civil War Museum.
Lancaster County Historical Society - genealogical and historical information in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Massachusetts Historical Society - founded in 1791 to collect, preserve, and make available to those needing them the basic materials of American history.
National Japanese American Historical Society - Nikkei Heritage Online - historical and cultural organization driven by oral histories, exhibitions and publications.
Nebraska State Historical Society - preserves and interprets history of Nebraska with manuscript, photo, audio/visual, archeological, and museum collections.
New Mexico Jewish Historical Society - promotes the understanding and study of Jewish history in the Western United States.
New York Historical Society - museum collections and exhibitions, research library, archive and print room, programs, and store.
Newport Historical Society - contains information about the Society's collections, historic sites, educational programs, exhibits, and tours.
Oklahoma Historical Society - with archives, bookstore and educational links.
Old York Historical Society - explore three centuries of life in a coastal Maine village.
Organ Historical Society - international society for pipe organ history.
Richmond Hill Historical Society - complete resource of information on the origin and future of this NYC community in Queens.
San Diego Historical Society - with photos, postcards, stereoviews, journal articles, biographies, and stories.
Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society - descriptions and drawing of restoration projects, excerpts from "The Heritage Junction Dispatch."
Saugus Historical Society - non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving all matter pertaining to Saugus history and cultivating an interest in the history of the town.
Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maine - social, genealogical, and historical organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Colonial History.
South Carolina Historical Society - historical and genealogical information.
Supreme Court Historical Society - dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. Features a digital library of articles and books, and legal and constitutional history.
United States Commission on Military History - home for American military scholars interested in international military history.
Vermont Historical Society - museum and gift shop.
Virginia Historical Society - serves as the center for Virginia history, maintaining a museum and research library.
White House Historical Association - furthers the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House. It features a museum shop, trivia, and interactive games for children.
Yorktown Historical Society - fostering public awareness and pride in Yorktown's heritage