Press and Media
Press and Media Contact
Chuck Mardiks, President, Mardiks Public Relations / 646-283-5273
Lee Wright, Founder and President, The Pursuit of History
Carrie Lund, Founder and Executive Director, The Pursuit of History
Need to Know
- America’s Summer Roadtrip™ is a project of The Pursuit of History™, a non-profit educational organization and is made possible in part by the generous support of Lorna Hainesworth.
- The Roadtrip broadcast is free. The featured historic sites have donated their time to create their site tours.
- The Roadtrip will be broadcast for 12 hours staring at 9am, Saturday, August 1, at https://www.americassummerroadtrip.org. One historic site will be presented per hour.
- After August 1, the site tours will be posted and be available for replays.
- Roadtrip operating expenses are covered primarily by the sale of merchandise, donations, and by the generous support of Lorna Hainesworth.
- Roadtrip merchandise includes the launch of “America’s Highway Pole Markers”—a line of merchandise inspired by early 20th century system of marking early highway routes, the precursors to the Eisenhower Highway System, some of which stretched from coast-to-coast and gulf-to-Canadian border.
Recent Press and Media
Visit the Molly Brown House During a Twelve-Hour Virtual Road Trip Today [Westword]
Take a quick trip without leaving town today. America's Summer Road Trip is a day-long, virtual road trip that promises viewers they'll "travel across the country and through our nation's history" as they take twelve [MORE ...]
“America’s Summer Road Trip,” 1 Aug [Boston1775 Blog]
When History Camp Boston and then other History Camps had to be canceled this year because of the pandemic, the organizers of The Pursuit of History looked for another way to share historical information with [MORE ...]
12 road trip destinations (plus virtual trips there) for history buffs [USA Today]
Missing travel and learning about history? The Pursuit of History, a nonprofit that aims to engage more people with history, is hosting "America’s Summer Roadtrip 2020,” an Aug. 1 livestream on AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org that will travel [MORE ...]
Stop at Thomas Edison’s Factory on a Virtual Cross Country Road Trip [Untapped Cities]
Cross country drives are a longstanding American tradition, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying restrictions, now is not the ideal time to hit the open road. The nonprofit The Pursuit of History is [MORE ...]
Heart Mountain to participate in ‘America’s Summer Roadtrip’ online broadcast on August 1 [KULR8]
POWELL, WYO. – Heart Mountain Interpretive Center will take part in a new national event, “America’s Summer Roadtrip,” on Saturday, August 1. The online broadcast, created and hosted by The Pursuit of History, promises to [MORE ...]
Freedom Center to participate in 12-part virtual road trip of U.S. [Cincinnati Business Courier]
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is one of 12 stops on a virtual road trip across the U.S. On Aug. 1, the downtown Cincinnati museum will give an hour-long tour to viewers at home [MORE ...]
Rebecca Nurse Homestead Museum to be featured in ‘America’s Summer Roadtrip’ [WickedLocal]
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead Museum, chosen as one of the most significant historical sites in the nation, will participate in a new national event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 1, “America’s Summer Roadtrip.” [MORE ...]
America’s Summer Road Trip featuring Historic New Bridge Landing [Patch.com]
The Bergen County Historical Society is excited to announce that Historic New Bridge Landing has been selected to participate in a new national event called America's Summer Road Trip on Saturday, August 1st 2020 9 [MORE ...]
‘America’s Summer Road Trip’ showcases notable historic sites [San Francisco Examiner]
Spanish American writer and philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In the current climate, perhaps no time is better than right now to learn or [MORE ...]
AMERICA’S SUMMER ROADTRIP [Taking the Kids]
The Pursuit of History, a non-profit, recently created America’s Roadtrip. Take the kids on a free virtual tour of 12 historic sites in 12 hours. See full post here: https://www.takingthekids.com/2020/07/21/americas-summer-roadtrip/
Explore These Hidden Gems During America’s (Virtual) Summer Road Trip [The Discoverer]
Meandering along scenic highways and exploring national parks on an all American road trip is a classic summer activity for friends and family. And for history lovers, it might be a journey filled with stops [MORE ...]
Carrie Lund, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Pursuit of History with Michael Patrick Shiels [Michigan’s Big Show]
We love travel and we love to get out there to the wide-open spaces and in the coronavirus era that might be the way to do it, just to get in the car and hit [MORE ...]
Immerse yourself in American History with a virtual summer roadtrip [Great Day Washington]
America's Summer Roadtrip 2020 is a free live stream event debuting on 8/1. Lee Wright, Founder and President of The Pursuit of History explains the project. Watch full interview here: https://www.wusa9.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-washington/immerse-yourself-american-history-with-a-virtual-summer-roadtripin/65-fe9986e1-8ac9-4ab2-a3ce-24ebdd140d63
Visit 12 of America’s Most Historic Sites in 12 Hours [OnTravel.com]
The Pursuit of History’s Lee Wright joins Paul and Elizabeth to unveil a virtual road trip to 12 of the United States’ most fascinating historical sites. The live-stream event will take place on August 1, 2020, from [MORE ...]
This Live-Streaming Road Trip Stops At National Park Sites [National Parks Traveler]
Don't want to travel, but still want to visit Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico or Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina? You can do that on August 1. To maintain the American tradition of summer [MORE ...]
Virtual tour of Chaco, other historic sites set for Aug. 1 livestream event [Farmington Daily Times]
Lee Wright, the cofounder of a national nonprofit organization that seeks to help people develop a broader understanding of history, says there long has been a prevailing belief among those who manage historic sites that [MORE ...]
America's Summer Roadtrip press release July 6, 2020
America’s Summer Road Trip Offers Behind the Scenes Access to 12 Fascinating Historic Sites [Parks & Points]
By Amy Beth Wright and Derek Wright The Pursuit of History, a non-profit dedicated to bringing adults together to immerse in history, has curated an epic twelve-hour virtual road trip—one that would be quite impossible [MORE ...]
America’s Summer Roadtrip Promo Videos
Run Length: 33s, with title cards
Download and Embed: Unrestricted
Credit: ©2020 The Pursuit of History
Run Length: 2m 19s, with title cards; 2m 00s, without title cards
Download and Embed: Unrestricted
Credit: ©2020 The Pursuit of History
Frequently asked questions about America’s Summer Roadtrip™
The Roadtrip will be streamed live at AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org starting at 9 am (Eastern) and ending at 9 pm (Eastern). The schedule will be posted on the site on July 1. Sign up for Roadtrip alerts and we’ll send you the schedule as soon as it’s posted.
Yes. Each tour will be available to stream anytime. Check back at AmericasSummerRoadtrip.org after the live event to catch up with any tours you may have missed or view them again!
We have filled up this year’s Roadtrip. Please send suggestions for future Roadtrips to Roadtrip@ThePursuitOfHistory.org.
Our goal was to represent different eras in U.S. history, and to visit sites across the country. We knew that it would be impossible to include all the ones we wanted and some sites we hoped for could not participate this year. So, we hope that there is interest in doing this again—where we can add more sites to our wish-list, including some you suggest.
No. All of our partner sites have donated their time and effort and all of our costs are covered by tax-deductible donations. We hope that people will consider making a donation or buying merchandise to help us cover our costs and fund the activities of our non-profit organization, The Pursuit of History.
Surely, all of the participating sites and organizations would like your support, too. You will find links to their sites with each of their descriptions. Please support them where and when you can.
We know that social distancing requirements, and others, will greatly reduce attendance at sites this summer. The videos and interviews will be created while maintaining the recommended social distancing between any presenter and the person(s) filming, so everyone will be safe.
On the upside, since the Park Rangers and docents have only themselves and their cameraperson on our tour, many of them have promised us a peek into areas of their sites that public tours normally couldn’t go!
This is the first Roadtrip we’ve produced and future events will depend on the response from this year. Please let us know if we should!
Please send your questions or ideas to Roadtrip@ThePursuitOfHistory.org. We’ll answer as many questions as we can as soon as we can.
The Pursuit of History™, the sponsor and producer of America’s Summer Roadtrip, is an educational non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country. We produce unique annual events—including History Camp Boston (the original annual unconference, begun in 2014), History Camp Colorado, History Camp Virginia, and History Camp Philadelphia (new for
2020 2021)—and educational experiences through video and online content.
We believe that more people gaining a broader understanding of history has never been more important. If you feel the same way, we hope you’ll consider learning how you can be a part of The Pursuit of History.
We’d love to hear from you. Email us at Roadtrip@ThePursuitOfHistory.org.