Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2012’

Friday Photo: Billions of Stars on View in the Lone Star State


Imagine looking up at the night sky to watch a seasonal meteor shower at your favorite national park, miles away from the bustle of the city, only to discover as your eyes adjust to the darkness that the stars are almost too faint to see. Light and air pollution have increasingly obscured our view of the sky. The National Park [...]

Posted on: February 17 2012
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Millions of Artifacts, Historic Photos, and Important Documents Await Discovery


By Catherine Moore, Cultural Resources Program Manager for NPCA’s Center for Park Research, and Elizabeth Meyers, Information and Outreach Manager for NPCA’s Center for Park Research It’s hard to wrap your head around a number as large as 123 million. Yet this represents the number of items in the museum and archival collections held in trust for us by the National [...]

Posted on: February 16 2012
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Learn About ParkScapes Travel: Free Live Chat Next Week


By Ben Sander, Travel & Campaign Coordinator Have you wanted to travel to our national parks? Did you know that NPCA has a ParkScapes travel program? Check out some comments about traveling with NPCA from of our past ParkScapes participants: “Our guides were the best. This was my second trip with them and I hope not my last.” – Mary F. [...]

Posted on: February 15 2012
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Fort Donelson: A Big Battle on the War’s Frontier

By Nick Lund, Civil War Associate Today marks the sesquicentennial of the major Civil War battle fought at Fort Donelson in Kentucky and Tennessee. Fort Donelson National Battlefield protects 559 acres surrounding the fort near Dover, Tennessee, including the earthen fort itself, upper and lower batteries, the Dover Hotel (site of Confederate surrender) and two miles of outer earthworks. It also [...]

Posted on: February 14 2012
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Friday Photo: Portrait of a Virgin Islands Sugar Plantation Worker


When most people think about traveling to Virgin Islands National Park, they probably conjure up images of snorkeling and relaxing on white-sand beaches. The park has more than beautiful sunning and swimming spots, however; it also contains relics from sugar plantations run for decades with slave labor. Although these workers were freed from slavery in 1859, they were not given anything but their [...]

Posted on: February 10 2012
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