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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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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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Commemorate Black History Month in 5 Unexpected Places

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National park rangers and staff are some of the nation’s best storytellers, charged with protecting the most momentous places in America’s history. Our park system preserves the legacy of visionaries like Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Booker T. Washington, as well as landmark sites in the struggle for equality like the Brown v. Board of Education and Little [...]

Posted on: February 4 2014
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: 110 Miles and Endless Possibilities at the Ohio & Erie Canalway

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By Dan Rice, Co-Executive Director, Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area Whether you like to hike, bicycle, run, ride horses, or explore 19th century history, you’ll find plenty to do at the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in northeast Ohio. Designated a national heritage area by Congress in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway celebrates the nature [...]

Posted on: January 30 2014
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This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: World-Class Music and History at Muscle Shoals

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By Cathy Wood, Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Media Coordinator Nestled in the northwest corner of Alabama, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (MNSHA)  consists of the six northwest Alabama counties—Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan—that border the meandering Tennessee River. World-class fishing lakes and challenging golf courses combined with a thriving music industry and a fascinating local history [...]

Posted on: December 27 2013
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