• ballparks,  Florida

    My night with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos – May 7, 2015

    After a long school year, I decided to blow off a bit of steam with a three-day baseball jaunt to the Gulf Coast.  So last Thursday, I hit the road and drove to Tallahassee, Fla.  Visiting Tallahassee has nothing to do with baseball, but everything to do with one of my other travel interests: state capitols. Tallahassee isn’t on the way to many places, so when I planned a trip to visit the Gulf Coast I added Tallahassee so I could visit Florida’s capitol.  Unfortunately, visiting Tallahassee cost me some time and caused me to be late to the other primary objective: a Pensacola Blue Wahoos home game. I arrived…

  • ballparks,  Illinois

    My night with the Chicago White Sox – April 24, 2015

    After visiting the Kane County Cougars (read about visit here) to start my week in Chicago during the AAG Annual Meeting, I got to attend a Chicago White Sox game to close out my week.  The day prior to attending the game, I led a field trip on a tour of the stadium, but will only be writing about my experience at the baseball game here. For those unfamiliar with baseball in Chicago, one of the great advantages of the city and its stadiums is that you can access both ballparks using mass transit.  After meeting with some colleagues at the conference hotel, we walked to the CTA’s “L” Red…

  • ballparks,  Illinois

    My night with the Kane County Cougars – April 21, 2015

    Springtime means a handful of things for me, but the one consistency that helps fuel this blog is the AAG Annual Meeting.  This year’s meeting was in Chicago, Ill., so when the Minor League Baseball schedule came out last fall, I investigated to see what games I could attend while in the Windy City.  There are multiple baseball teams in Chicago, but besides the Cubs and White Sox the only team playing games in late-April is the Kane County Cougars. Over the past year as I’ve gotten more into blogging about my visits to baseball stadiums, I’ve started following other bloggers on Twitter and interacting with them.  So when I…

  • New York,  presidents

    Ulysses S. Grant Burial Place in New York, N.Y.

    Several years after leaving the presidency and suffering from throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant worked tirelessly on his memoirs at a friend’s cottage on Mount McGregor in Saratoga County, N.Y.  Shortly after completing his memoirs, Grant died on July 23, 1885.  Preceding his death Grant has not declared where he wished to be buried, except that he wanted to be buried next to his wife Julia.  New York Mayor William Russell Grace offered to provide space in the city for the Grant memorial, which did not come to fruition until 1897.  Initially, Grant was buried in a temporary vault before his remains were transferred to the completed memorial on April…

  • New York,  presidents

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Burial Place in Hyde Park, N.Y.

    Suffering from poor health following the historic Yalta Conference, Franklin D. Roosevelt spent little time in Washington, D.C., and instead retreated to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga.  Roosevelt complained of a severe headache and slumped forward in his chair on April 12, 1945.  He died later that afternoon.  After a funeral procession in Washington, D.C., Roosevelt was buried in the rose garden of his Springwood estate.  Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor was buried beside him after her death in 1962.

  • Ohio,  presidents

    William Henry Harrison Burial Place in North Bend, Ohio

    It is commonly believed that due to not wearing a heavy coat during his inauguration despite poor weather that William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia and died nearly a month after he took office.  A contemporary analysis of the doctor’s notes and records about the White House water supply lead to the conclusion that Harrison died from septic shock due to enteric fever.  Regardless of the cause of death, Harrison died just after midnight on April 4, 1841. Following a brief internment at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Harrison was buried on his estate in North Bend, Ohio.  The family chose a spot at the crest of Mount Nebo, which became William…

  • ballparks,  travel

    Experiencing a new ballpark to the fullest

    For a few weeks now I’ve been thinking about what makes for a “good” ballpark experience.  I don’t think there is a definitive list because everybody has their own “must do” items to truly experience a baseball stadium, especially a Minor League stadium. However, as a geographer who studies place and place attachment, I’ve thought about the things I try to do when I visit a new ballpark.  The premise can be applied to any sports venue, but my primary experience has been with baseball stadiums and especially Minor League stadiums. #1: Read Up on the Park There are a lot of blogs and books that talk about stadium visits,…

  • Kentucky,  presidents

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky.

    In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved to a farm in LaRue County in Western Kentucky.  On Feb. 12, 1809, at the Sinking Spring Farm Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin.  The original cabin was likely dismantled prior to 1865 and used in the construction of a nearby house, which was later dismantled and used to re-create the Lincoln cabin.  The Lincoln Farm Association believed it purchased the original logs from the cabin and attempted to reconstruct the building, but soon learned they did not have the authentic logs.  Eventually, the organization built a replica cabin on the site that resides inside the Memorial…

  • presidents,  Virginia

    William Henry Harrison Birthplace in Charles City County, Va.

    On the banks of the James River, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred on Dec. 4, 1619.  The 8,000-acre site later became known as Berkeley Plantation and eventually the home of the Harrison family.  In 1726, Benjamin Harrison IV built a Georgia-style three-story brick mansion overlooking the river.  On Feb. 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison, the youngest child of Benjamin V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, was born at the house. In the early 1900s, Malcolm and Grace Jamieson bought the house from his father John and restored the home.  They ultimately opened the house to the public.  In 1971, the home became a National Historic Landmark.

  • presidents,  Washington D.C.

    Woodrow Wilson Burial Place in Washington, D.C.

    After leaving the presidency, Woodrow Wilson opened a law practice with his former Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.  Wilson disliked practicing law, and turned to writing.  On Feb. 3, 1924, died from a stroke at his home in Washington, D.C.  He became the only president buried in the District of Columbia when he was interred at Washington National Cathedral.  Wilson’s second wife Edith Bolling Wilson was buried next to him following her death in 1961.