4 Feb 2019

George Washington Elected President 230 Years Ago

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“As mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” ~ George Washington On this date 230 years … Continue reading George Washington Elected President 230 Years Ago

24 Jan 2019

Opinion: The Embargo on Cuba Failed. Let’s Move On.

Cuba Travel

Interesting piece on Cuba from Nick Kristof this morning in the NYT. His take is pretty much the one we (Brian, Sheryl, EHE) have taken since our first visit nearly four years ago. We have found the people to be just about the most friendly and open we have met anywhere in our travels, and … Continue reading Opinion: The Embargo on Cuba Failed. Let’s Move On.

21 Sep 2018

“Paths to the Past” as Published in Global Traveler Magazine

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An interview with Essential History Expeditions’ Dr. Brian DeToy was published in the May 2018 edition of Global Traveler magazine. Click here to read the full article on the trend in historical tourism. The final paragraph states: “Historical tourism,” says DeToy, “means examining in depth the people, events and cultures that created or impacted the … Continue reading “Paths to the Past” as Published in Global Traveler Magazine

21 Sep 2018

“Destination: History” as Published in Denver Life Magazine

EHE Vietnam history tour

Denver Life Magazine recently published an article on Essential History Expeditions. Read on here or click here for the piece in Denver Life Sheryl Rankin Shafer and Dr. Brian DeToy are used to being in the classroom—but now those classrooms move around the world, from the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam. The … Continue reading “Destination: History” as Published in Denver Life Magazine

19 Dec 2017

Vietnam & the Free World Military Forces

Vietnam tours

On December 12, 1969, a 1,350-man Civic Action Group from the Army of the Philippines, departs South Vietnam. They were part of the Free World Military Forces, an effort by President Johnson to enlist allies for the war. By securing support, Johnson hoped to build an international consensus behind his Vietnam policies. The Philippine unit … Continue reading Vietnam & the Free World Military Forces

19 Dec 2017

World War I Era Family

100 years ago on December 15th, my grandparents married on my grandmother Myrtle’s 18th birthday. Weeks later, Grandpa Bill received his draft notice to join the Army infantry. Earlier, when he’d tried to enlist, he’d been turned down for medical reasons. Now, in December 1917, he was determined fit. He underwent basic training and shipped … Continue reading World War I Era Family

9 Dec 2017

The Importance of Remembering

Brian DeToy WWI France Tour

Here is a very interesting article on the importance of the US in the Great War, and the importance of remembering. https://www.msn.com/…/has-the-us-forgotten-abou…/ar-BBFYGdz… We will be leading a phenomenal expedition to France next July 1-7 to do just that — remember America in World war One. The beautiful French countryside adds to the trip! Check-out the … Continue reading The Importance of Remembering

9 Dec 2017

Vietnam Hero

50 years ago last week Father Angelo Litecky, priest of 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, earned the Medal of Honor for his heroism in bringing 20 wounded men to safety in a very tough battle in Bien Hoa. The article in the link below tells the incredible story. Join us next April 16-29, 2018 as we … Continue reading Vietnam Hero

9 Dec 2017

Pearl Harbor Commemoration

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A year ago yesterday, Sheryl and I had the privilege, with our EHE guests and friends, to attend the national Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremonies on the 75th commemoration of that dark day. Our great additional privilege was to escort one of our guests, Stan Van Hoose, who had been assigned as a navigator’s assistant on … Continue reading Pearl Harbor Commemoration

9 Dec 2017

Passing of Judge Finney, a Civil Rights Icon

Judge Finney Civil Rights

“We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history.” ~ Judge John C. Hayes III of Rock Hill, SC in 2015 On Jan. 31, 1961, 10 black students sat at a whites-only lunch counter at a local Rock Hill store and asked to be served. Dragged by police from their stools, the protesters, from nearby … Continue reading Passing of Judge Finney, a Civil Rights Icon

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