Exploring Our National Heritage: Visit the Blackstone River Valley This Summer

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By Malcolm Fouhy, Policy Intern Never heard of national heritage areas? You’re not alone. These 49 diverse natural and cultural sites across the country are the underappreciated jewels of national park preservation efforts. From the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area helping to interpret the Civil War in the Mid-Atlantic to the Kenai Mountains National Heritage Area preserving breathtaking [...]

Posted on: July 11 2013
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Is Your Representative a Friend of the National Parks?

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By Elise Liguori, Legislative Representative Does anything ever get done in Washington, D.C.? The news constantly portrays Capitol Hill as a deadlocked and rancorous place where good ideas get shot down in a seemingly endless cycle of partisan wrangling. It’s true that members of Congress are frequently at odds on controversial bills, and I don’t expect that to change anytime [...]

Posted on: July 10 2013
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Congress: Stay On-Mission for Texas’ World-Class Park

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By Suzanne Dixon, Director of NPCA’s Texas Regional Office Throughout the world, countries vie every year to win the coveted World Heritage status for the most naturally and culturally significant sites they have to offer. Each site must meet certain standards, but chief among them is that they be of “outstanding universal value.” The prestige of being included on the [...]

Posted on: July 9 2013
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Commitment to Mission in Action: NPCA Volunteers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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By Madeleine Starkey, Membership Senior Administrative Coordinator Many people seem surprised when they find out that, as an NPCA employee, a typical day on the job does not include hiking around in the parks we work so hard to protect. Like many of my coworkers, I spend 99 percent of my time at work behind a desk. Fortunately, a group [...]

Posted on: July 3 2013
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Sharing the “Real” Civil War: Interpreting Gettysburg 150 Years Later

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By Alan Spears, Legislative Representative Several years ago, Gettysburg National Military Park interpretive ranger and historian D. Scott Hartwig shared the following story. He was near the old Zeigler’s Grove visitors center when an English couple, spotting his Park Service uniform, stopped to ask a question. They had toured the battlefield, visited nearly every monument and statue, and seen the [...]

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