All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Civil War’

Governor McDonnell: Please Don’t Build Houses on a Historic Civil War Site


In November 2011, President Obama declared Fort Monroe a national monument, honoring this critical military installation and the role it played as “Freedom’s Fortress” for thousands of enslaved African Americans who took refuge there during the Civil War. The monument designation, however, did not preserve the entire peninsula. The National Park Service manages the star-shaped fort and the natural beaches [...]

Posted on: August 21 2013
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Follow in the Footsteps of an American Hero at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland


A hundred years after her death, the Park Service created a new national monument earlier this year to honor Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, who helped bring dozens of enslaved Americans to freedom and fought for equal rights for all people. Not only is this park a testament to her remarkable legacy, its 25,000 acres also encompass beautiful natural areas [...]

Posted on: August 8 2013
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Exploring Tennessee’s Extensive Civil War History


By Malcolm Fouhy, Policy Intern Last month, in the first Park Advocate post in our series on national heritage areas, we highlighted the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a historic region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island that played a major role in the Industrial Revolution and now hosts a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for visitors. This month, [...]

Posted on: August 7 2013
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New GeoStory Highlights National Parks in the Chesapeake


The dog days of summer are here and many in the Mid-Atlantic are escaping to the Chesapeake’s waters for its miles of shorelines offering world-class fishing, boating, and beaches. The Chesapeake landscape encompasses more than 50 national parks, and the health of these parks is directly linked to the health of the waters that flow through and around them. NPCA’s [...]

Posted on: July 26 2013
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Sharing the “Real” Civil War: Interpreting Gettysburg 150 Years Later


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 [...]

Posted on: July 3 2013
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