Posts belonging to Category 'NPS'

Castle Pinckney: Dense brush, trees to be burned in preservation push

On Friday, people in at least four cities could see smoke billowing from Castle Pinckney, the abandoned circular brick fort in the middle of Charleston Harbor.
The plumes won’t signal an attack or a re-enactment, but instead could mark a new push to preserve a historic site that predates Fort Sumter.
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Plan would expand Vicksburg National Military Park

Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have again proposed expanding the Vicksburg National Military Park to add the battlefields of Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond.
The bill was filed in Congress this week by the Republican senators. A similar bill was filed last year.
It would authorize the National Park Service to acquire about 10,000 [...]

Fort Sumter to get new superintendent

Tim Stone, a 30-year veteran with the National Park Service, will become the new superintendent at the Fort Sumter National Monument just in time to oversee preparations for one of its biggest events ever, the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter.
“This is quite an honor,” Stone said, calling Fort Sumter “a true icon [...]

Gettysburg park bill dies in Senate

An omnibus lands bill that would have expanded the boundaries of Gettysburg National Military Park died last week after it met Republican opposition in the U.S. Senate.
The bill would have added to the park the 151-year-old Gettysburg train station where President Abraham Lincoln arrived to dedicate the national cemetery.
It also would have expanded the park’s [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE INCREASE IN RESERVATION FEE TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society announced that the convenience charge for an advance group reservation to Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site will increase from $1.25 to $2.00 per ticket beginning September 1, 2011. The increase will not affect the free, same-day tickets distributed at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office. The increase [...]

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FORD’S THEATRE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE CLOSURE JANUARY 14, 2011

The National Park Service (NPS) and Ford’s Theatre Society (FTS) announced that the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, comprising the Theatre and Museum (located at 511 10th Street, NW), will close to the public for facility maintenance on January 14, 2011. The Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) is currently closed for repair and [...]

FEE FREE DAYS AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD ANNOUNCED FOR 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the National
Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011
and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year’s resolution to visit a
national park this year.
“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved
ones and to get outdoors and unplug in [...]

Gettysburg National Military Park Receives Excellence in Interpretation Award

 In early December, Barb Sanders and Scott Hartwig at
Gettysburg National Military Park received an Excellence in Interpretation
Award from the National Park Service Northeast Region.  The award
recognized their role in the development of the film, “Big Deal at
Gettysburg: The Value of Historical Places,” a multimedia product aimed at
providing an understanding of the value of historic places [...]

American Indians in the Civil War? Petersburg National Battlefield is Part of the Story

The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War is nearly here and a recent event at Petersburg National Battlefield underscored a bit of history that often escapes much notice—the role of American Indians in the conflict.
Estimates of the number of American Indians who fought for either the Union or the Confederacy vary widely; several sources cite [...]

Wamp Concerned About Moccasin Bend/Chickamauga in New Congress

At least one local project may have trouble getting funding in the new congress.
Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, the country’s newest National Park, will likely be considered an “earmark” as the house begins budget-cutting.
Congressman Zach Wamp is wrapping-up his 16 years in the congress–soon to hand the job over to Chuck Fleischmann.
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