More Than Scenic Beauty: National Parks Preserve History & Culture

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The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25. But what’s a party without people? In fact, while many visitors think of national parks as places to experience nature, they also preserve unique resources that tell stories about the historic journey of the nation and everyday lives of people. Along with protecting natural […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park: Exploring a Restless Landscape

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Here, on the Cascade Range in Northern California, we’re gaping at a large pool of bubbling mud the color of mushroom soup gone very, very bad. A rotten-egg smell fills the air. The smell is hydrogen sulfide. After all, we’re at a place called the Sulphur Works. One hundred eighty-one degrees. Impressive. The interesting thing […]

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Celebrate the National Park Service 100th Birthday: #FindYourPark During August

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The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark for the centennial. “August—our […]

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America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

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The past century-and-a-half has seen the creation of two organizations that work together to protect America’s national treasures. After the first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872 to protect the natural beauty of its world-famous geyser basins and wildlife, the U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916—and now oversees the preservation of hundreds […]

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Appomattox Court House National Historic Park: The War Is Over

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The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park commemorates the heroic acts which took place in April of 1865 in this, the original village, to bring about the end of the Civil War. Walk the old country lanes where Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, […]

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4 Historic Sites To Visit This Summer

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Planning a road trip this summer? From sea to shining sea, the U.S. has preserved sites and other areas of national historic significance. A National Historic Site (e.g., Hopewell Furnace, Pennsylvania) is a protected area of national historic significance and usually contains a single historical feature directly associated with its subject. A related but separate designation, the National Historical Park (e.g., […]

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