Charles Young Monument Preserves Enduring Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers

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By James Mills of the Joy Trip Project At the turn of the last century, a great American hero set an enduring standard of excellence that forged the basis of the modern National Park System. With a “take charge” style of leadership, Colonel Charles Young commanded a regiment of U.S. Army soldiers in the construction of improved roads that made it [...]

Posted on: April 2 2013
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From Civil War to Civil Rights: All Peeps Created Equal

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If there’s one thing D.C. residents can’t stop talking about around the end of March–aside from the cherry blossoms, of course–it’s the Washington Post‘s annual Peep Diorama Contest. For the last six years this artistic challenge has become a spring ritual for crafty and creative people around the metropolitan area who buy up stacks of the sugary bunny and chick candies and configure them into humorous [...]

Posted on: March 29 2013
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Best of the ‘Net: A Roundup of Fun Park Stuff Online This Week

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As a member of NPCA’s social media team, I see a lot of great material promoting national parks on the internet each week. I’m starting a new roundup to share some of the fun things park lovers should check out online. See something cool on national parks? Let me know below! 1. Photographer Chris Mabey is setting out to capture [...]

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Think Pink: Washington’s Historic Cherry Blossoms, Then and Now

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Washington, D.C., can be a partisan, opinionated, contentious place. Each spring, however, area residents and hundreds of thousands of tourists come together to show bipartisan support for one of the few things just about everyone here can agree on—the beauty of the city’s cherry blossoms. The Japanese government gave more than three thousand flowering cherry trees to the people of the United States as a gift of friendship back in 1912, and the annual blossoming [...]

Posted on: March 28 2013
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President Obama Preserves Three Important Sites in America’s History, Honors Civil War Hero Harriet Tubman

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By Alan Spears, Legislative Representative Today the country celebrates an important milestone in preserving its history. After years of advocacy and study, President Obama has finally named three new national monuments as part of the National Park System, including a new national park site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore honoring Harriet Tubman. This new national monument encompasses several sites in Dorchester [...]

Posted on: March 25 2013
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