National Parks of New York Harbor

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Celebrate National Parks Week NYC

September 3, 2009, 9:01 am
Celebrate National Parks Week NYC with special parks-themed events at parks throughout the city!
 
In celebration of the release of Ken Burns’s upcoming PBS documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," New York City will play host to National Parks Week NYC, a week-long series of special events and activities celebrating the rich history of our national parks.
 
National Parks Week NYC, taking place from September 19-27, will provide countless opportunities to experience the National Parks of New York Harbor, with events ranging from a Lantern Tour of Fort Wadsworth to Grant’s Tomb After Dark and an Evening Tour of Liberty Island.
 
The signature event of the week, “Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park,” will feature highlights from "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," and musical acts by an array of talented performers. The live show from East Meadow in Central Park will be shared via satellite to PBS affiliates and other partners assembled in various locations around the country. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to kick off the evening and Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will speak, along with other dignitaries. The “Feel Free” event will take place in Central Park’s East Meadow on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
 
In addition, the National Parks of New York Harbor are hosting special events and activities at 10 national parks in New York City from Sept. 20 through September 26.
 
Castle Clinton National Monument will offer a "History of the Castle" tour each day at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. This free 20-minute ranger-guided tour illustrates the colorful history of Castle Clinton and how it served as a fort, entertainment center, immigration depot and aquarium. Call (212) 344-7220 for more information.
 
Federal Hall National Memorial will commemorate September 1776 on Sept. 24 with a full day of costume interpretation, complete with period music and a lecture by historian Barnett Schecter, author of "The Battle for New York."
 
Federal Hall will also host the special exhibition "Obata's Yosemite" from Sept. 8 through Sept. 25. Chiura Obata was one of the earliest Japanese artists to live and work in the U.S. In 1927, he visited Yosemite National Park. This exhibition of 27 prints and watercolors and a series of 20 progressive proofs offers insight into the work he did while visiting Yosemite.
 
Rangers at Federal Hall also offer special programs and tours by reservation, including:
 
    * The Battle for New York: 1776-1783
    * The Critical Years: 1783-1789
    * Defend Wall Street: The Draft Riots of 1863
    * Finance, Commerce, & Defense
    * George Washington as a Leader
    * God Save the King: The British View of the American Revolution
    * The Good Americans: The Loyalists
    * Greek Revival in the New World
    * Printing Press: Weapon of Revolution
    * Rule Britannia: The Royal Navy
    * 18th-Century Military Arts
 
General Grant National Memorial will honor the president who signed the legislation creating Yellowstone National Park with a special program called Grant's Tomb After Dark. This candlelight tour of the memorial offers a new way to experience this important site.
 
The Rangers at General Grant National Memorial are also offering two tours daily throughout the week:
 
    * Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb
    * Grant's Life Through Architecture
 
National Parks Week NYC is a joint effort of the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the National Park Service, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS.