American Heritage is the oldest, most widely known and respected popular U.S. history magazine. Central to its mission is making top-tier scholarship accessible to a wide range of audiences, proving that history can be lively, interesting, even spell-binding.
For 72 years, the magazine has told the American story with verve, humor, accuracy and authority. American Heritage has always been apolitical and non-partisan, but tells the story of our nation and the people who built it with respect and appreciation.
The magazine has long been “the favorite companion of history lovers,” observed USA Today in 2007. “It presents its stories with rich illustration, including many never-before-seen photographs and artifacts, as well as commissioned maps and artwork.”
American Heritage has published most of the leading historians of the last half century including Stephen Ambrose, Michael Beschloss, David Blight, Fergus Bordewich, H. W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley, Ellen Dubois, Susan Eisenhower, Joseph Ellis, Julie Fenster, David Hackett Fischer, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Annette Gordon-Reed, Pauline Maier, Jon Meacham, David McCullough, James McPherson, Peter Onuf, Nathaniel Philbrick, David S. Reynolds, Barbara Tuchman, and Gordon Wood, to name a few.
Over the years American Heritage has garnered many honors, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Its return after a brief hiatus in 2007 was “a joy to the world of American magazine publishing,” wrote Cynthia Grenier in The Washington Times.
“American Heritage occupies a special place in publishing,” says Editor-in-Chief Edwin S. Grosvenor. “It is our nation’s shared memory, the place where the insights and observations of our best storytellers have been preserved over the generations.”