Partners and Progress: Bringing 1863 Back to Life at Gettysburg

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By Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Region Twenty years ago, a 307-foot-high observation tower loomed over the historic battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Utility lines laced the sky, Civil War-era artillery carriages rusted in the fields, and the “Home, Sweet Home” motel welcomed overnight guests on the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Visitors crammed the park visitor center and parking lots [...]

Posted on: April 7 2014
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Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet

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Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. He was in search of [...]

Posted on: April 2 2014
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12 of the Quirkiest National Park Animals

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Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox each month, sign up for Park Lines, NPCA’s newsletter. -Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

Posted on: March 31 2014
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An Overdue Dose of Wilderness: Congress Passes New Protections for Sleeping Bear Dunes

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By Lynn McClure, Midwest Regional Director Earlier this month, Congress passed the first bill designating a new wilderness area in five years—the longest lapse ever between such designations. The bill specifically protects 32,500 of the 71,198 acres at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park site in Michigan famous for its immense sand dunes and bluffs, as well as [...]

Posted on: March 28 2014
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Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing

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By Charles Flynn, Executive Director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 [...]

Posted on: March 27 2014
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