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A Family of Web Sites that Celebrate America

There are so many things about this country that have a special place in my heart, from crafts to fighter planes. Not too many of us love war, but the way the American people came together in the 1940’s, and the sacrifices made by every family, and the courage of our armed forces that ultimately saved democracy and the American way of life embody a special spirit that we should be very proud of.

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This is a very big project. Some of these web sites may not be up and running for another year or so. Check back here from time to time to see what is new.
Most of the photos on this page were taken by me or one of my friends working with me on this project. Exceptions are noted below.
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Great American Cars .net
No cars were built in this country during the mid 1940’s because all of our manufacturing capacity went toward the war effort. When the industry returned to making cars, it embraced a new era of modernism that reflected a very positive view of the future.
http://www.greatamericancars.net
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Great American Planes .com
Americans built a quarter of a million planes to take on Japan and Germany and the Axis powers in Europe. We got a late start, but women as well as men rolled up their sleeves and went to work in ways we really need to remember. If they had not, modern history would have been a very different story.
www.GreatAmericanPlanes.com
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Great American Ships .com
It is absolutely mind boggling to think about the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of tons of steel that were worked into the hundreds and hundreds of ships needed to win the most devastating war in human history. And we need to honor the men whose patriotism and courage led them to sea in those ships facing great peril.
http://www.greatamericanships.com

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Great American Trains .com
Starting in the first half of the 19th Century, Americans laid thousands of miles of track, one iron rail at a time. It was their back breaking labor, mile after mile, that built the transpiration system that spanned the country from coast to coast and played a huge role in building a great nation.
http://www.greatamericantrains.com
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Great American Roads .com
Coming soon. Since the first half of the 20th Century, every place in America is connected to every other place through an endless network of roads, road meeting road, asphalt touching asphalt. You can get in your car and go anywhere. And when you get off the highway and drive the smaller roads through farmland and mountains and small towns, you see America. The roads have a character of their own, and sometimes the journey itself, if not rushed, is the destination. This web site has not been built yet.

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Great American Museums .com
Coming soon. In communities across this country, people have come together to build museums to recognize our past. From low budget store front museums to foundation funded elegant buildings, the American story is being told. This web site strives to offer a comprehensive view of America through the eyes of the many dedicated people who maintain Great American Museums. The web site will have a page for each of the 50 states and may take a couple of years to complete. In the meantime, here is a sample page:
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Great American Tractors .com
Coming soon. In the Eastern part of the country early American farmers had to clear thousands of acres of wooded land and dig up millions of heavy rocks left behind by a receding ice age, then work the land with iron and wooden plows. In the 20th Century, with the advent of the gas-powered tractor, America became the bread basket of the world. The farming tradition in this country is worth honoring. This site has not yet been built.
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Great American Towns .com
Coming soon. America is not comprised entirely of cities, and suburbs, and corporate parks and shopping malls. There are still towns, where people know each other and come together on the Fourth of July for a parade, towns that have a library and a high school football team, and a main street with a hardware store. Towns that make you think this is the America I always loved. It may take a while, but hope to visit and photograph and get to know at least a small number of traditional American towns.
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Great American Carousels .com
They were invented in Europe. Then a handful of craftsmen came to America and set up shop. By the end of the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century, there were beautiful carousels with hand-carved ponies across the land. A number have been restored and preserved. This web site will honor not only the tradition of a wonderful Sunday trip for a kid, but also a truly American craft.
Sample Page
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Great American Crafts .com
Even in this hectic age of information, there are still Americans who spend decades of their lives working with their hands and perfecting a traditional craft. I have been very privileged to be able to get to know some of these individuals and hope to meet more. Web site in progress:
http://www.GreatAmericanCrafts.com

This site will take a very close look at the things Americans make with their hands, in some cases just as they have for a hundred or two hundred years. Craftsmen have not disappeared in this country. There are many who want to keep it going with:
Cabinetmaking
Pottery
Stone cutting
Boatbuilding
Jewelry
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Great American Traditions .com
Coming soon. Marlinton, West Virginia: Every year the town has a parade and honors the winners of the Miss Pocahontas contest as well has the history of the town. It is not just what this one town does; it is an American tradition seen all across the country. There are other traditions, too, that are worth noting.
American Tribute photo. Web site is under construction.
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Great American Trucks .com
Coming soon. How could you overlook the huge role that trucks have played in building a great nation, from old pick up trucks that take produce to a local market, to big rigs that crisscross the country with goods of every description. And there is something about a classic truck that makes it a work of art. It could be a “boy thing.”
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A Special Tribute Web Site
Recently I started a business in the town of Allendale, South Carolina, and became fascinated with that town. First of all, as a Yankee, I had no idea of the character of the American South. This particular town in what they call “The Low Country” just a few miles from the Georgia border had been originally a farming community, which meant plantations. One person I made friends with grew up in a home that had been occupied by Sherman’s second in command during the Civil War, which is one reason it is still standing. After the Civil War, a train depot was built a few miles from the plantation, and that became the center of a new town. I was introduced to an old Rebel, who took his time to accept me as a “half decent Yankee.” He was close to death from cancer but agreed to share with me his collection of images showing the history of the town. Jim Bryan was an honorable and courageous and gracious man to whom I will always be indebted. With his help, I was able to build a web site that chronicles not only Allendale, but a classic American town. The progression that this town went through reflects that of towns across the country. It is an essential piece of American History: http://www.historyofallendale.com
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A new kind of web site coming soon!

JH Peterson’s Great American West

Even if we never get to see it in person, there is something about the American West that is close to our hearts. Just knowing it is there.. the endless plains and majestic mountains, the Grand Canyon, the romance of vast untamed territory. I am very fortunate to have a friend who is one of the most talented landscape photographers in the country. This web site will be nothing but fabulous photos of the West and of course JH’s words to describe the experience of being there. And just in case you see one you really like, every photo on the site will be available in print form, from an 11x14 print to a stretched canvas to a wall cover.
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Photo Credits:
Tractor in field: Photo by Ralph Fiskness from the stock photo web site: http://123rf.com
Diesel Locomotive: Photo by Bryan Flint - Wikimedia Commons used with permission under GMU Free Documentation License.
Photo of old cars in Allendale, South Carolina: from the photo collection of Allendale resident Jim Bryan

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