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The most important films on historical topics have always been tied to cultural moments, shaping and revealing assumptions about the past. [referring to the new Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln]


Louis P. Masur

Professor of History

Rutgers University

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October 20-25, 2013 

December 2012
Journeys of Exploration & Discovery


I just returned from the TAP annual general meeting in Kansas City with tons of new tour itineraries to share with you for the holidays.  Hope this sampling whets your appetite for adventures both near and far in the coming year. 


Cherry Blossom Festival - April 10

Kenya Safari Adventure - May 13 & Nov. 12
Yellowstone Safari Adventure - June 10, 17 & Aug. 5
CSP Buffalo Roundup - Sept. 25-30, 2013
Route 66 - The Main Street of America - Oct. 11-21, 2013 
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Join us June 21-27 as we follow legendary heroes to legendary places.  I'll bet you didn't know that Teddy Roosevelt lived in northern Dakota for four years (a surprising number of our Facebook fans didn't!).  Lewis & Clark met Sacagawea here, Custer departed from Fort Abraham Lincoln when he rode off to meet his destiny in 1876.  Explore the Scandinavian heritage of the state, visit the world's only International Peace Garden, enjoy a Missouri River dinner cruise and much more.

The Ultimate Patriotic Tour and Parade they never got!

April 15-18, 2013


TAP's second SpecTAPular Event will take place in Pigeon Forge, TN this April.   Star-studded concerts and celebrities include Adrian Cronauer, the Voice of Armed Forces Radio, made famous by the hit film, Good Morning Vietnam, singer/songwriter James Rogers, country-pop star T.G. Sheppard, and Aaron Tippin who performed with the Bob Hope USO show during Desert Storm and has been entertaining America's fighting forces ever since.   

Civil War Programs


Civil War Early Years - Sept. 12-26, 2013

Fields of Valor - Sept. 20-28, 2013

Sherman's March - Oct. 12-19, 2013

Civil War in the West - Nov.  2-9, 2013

Bits and Pieces
  • Did you see the Mount Rushmore float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?  Cool.
  • In November I was able to help out the 8th Graders of Kutztown, PA, with their National History Day project on Lewis & Clark and the Fur Trade.  Best of luck to them!
  • On January 4th I'm headed to Charlotte for the annual convention of the American Bus Association.  In addition to taking 174 appointments with travel suppliers and destinations, I have been asked to participate in a tour operator panel on innovative marketing ideas.
  • Did you know there is a club for people who are checking off the states they visit and it has 80 members?!  I'm just saying....
Feel free to contact us with any questions at 800-888-8306.


We look forward to seeing you on the trail this season.


Happy Trails! 
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