History/Culture

Yellowstone Announces Winter Lodging & Learning Packages

October 22, 2009, 7:58 am
Yellowstone National Park Lodges will offer “Lodging & Learning” packages this winter in Yellowstone National Park. The park’s winter season begins Dec. 18, 2009 with the opening of the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel opens Dec. 21, 2009. The lodges provide the only wintertime accommodations within ...

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Truman Home closes for winter for renovation

October 22, 2009, 7:33 am
The Truman Home in Independence closed Monday for the winter.Officials with the National Park Service, which administers the property, hope to reopen the home to visitors next spring. Until then workers will install new heating, cooling and fire suppression equipment, and also will make interior plaster repairs.Meanwhile, the Harry S Truman National Historic Site ...

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Repairs begin at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC

October 22, 2009, 7:24 am
Repair work was under way Wednesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall as a private memorial fund took over landscaping and maintenance of 13 acres from the National Park Service.Over the next two weeks, workers are restoring the flagpole's bronze finish and its decorative base with five military branch insignias. ...

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Black Canyon Celebrates 10th Anniversary as National Park

October 21, 2009, 7:49 am
Getting the Black Canyon designated as a national park was a long and difficult journey, but many of those who fought to protect the canyon were on hand Saturday to mark the tenth anniversary of that achievement.A leading champion of the bill that created the park, former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, joined former ...

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Park Service to Take on Clinton's First Home

October 19, 2009, 8:59 am
The Bill Clinton First Home Museum will soon be a part of the National Park system, a designation that will give the modest structure on a busy street more visibility as a tourist destination. The two-story, wood frame house on Hervey Street in Hope, Ark., was where Clinton lived from his birth in ...

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Zion National Park employees participate in reunion

October 19, 2009, 8:56 am
There are not many people who find a place of employment that calls to them after they have quit working, especially after 50 or 60 years, but those who have worked in Zion National Park have. Park employees enjoyed their jobs so much that they've actually been holding reunions Friday and Saturday in ...

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Events Celebrate John Brown Legacy

October 19, 2009, 8:55 am
Events honoring the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid in Harpers Ferry began this month and will last through November. Harpers Ferry National Park is commemorating the life of John Brown and his men who led a raid to free the slaves 150 years ago. Activities include musical performances, ...

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Companies compete to win landscaped bridge design in Vancouver

October 19, 2009, 8:39 am
For the four teams presenting ideas for a landscaped bridge over Interstate 5 in Vancouver, Wash., winning the design competition might seem like the easy part. The hard part will be healing a city that has been cut off from its history. An immeasurable added weight from the hope of planners and city leaders ...

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Pinchot was Teddy Roosevelt's 'conscience' on conservation

October 19, 2009, 8:22 am
On July 23, 1931, Pennsylvania Gov. Gifford Pinchot swung a pick to break ground for Route 177 in Warrington Township. It would be the first of 20,000 miles of rural roads across the state, many in York County, to be paved under Pinchot's plan to "get the farmer out ...

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Rediscovered Great Smokies novel published after 80 years

October 19, 2009, 8:00 am
Author George Ellison been researching and writing about Horace Kephart’s life and work for just under 40 years. He wrote the biographical introduction for the book “Smoky Mountain Magic,” published exactly 80 years after the author’s final typescript had apparently been completed. The emergence of the novel is a major literary and cultural event. ...

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