April 21, 2015

Celebrating National Park Week 2015: Where History and Nature Intersect

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Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, speaks at the Jefferson Memorial on Thursday, April 16.

It’s National Park Week 2015 -- a week-long celebration hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation that encourages the public to visit, volunteer at, and share stories of their favorite parks. The week’s events include a weekend of free admission, a day of service on Earth Day, and online sharing of user photos and memories.

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The National Trust has been working to preserve and revitalize Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood, a National Historic Landmark and one of the most significant historically African-American commercial corridors in the South.

The week kicked off in Washington, D.C. last Thursday at an event on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service; Dan Wenk, interim director of the National Park Foundation; and other officials encouraged citizens to get out and enjoy all of the National Park Service’s sites across the country.

An image from WGN's Manhattan shows a recreation of a nuclear testing site.
Starting in 2011, the National Trust worked with partners to secure sites associated with the World War II Manhattan Project. In December 2014, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

We’re happy to join the revelry, but not just because we swoon over towering pines, rocky coastlines, and gorgeous vistas. These places contain some of America’s most treasured historic and cultural sites, too.

In fact, of the approximately 400 national park units, roughly two-thirds are historical parks, sites, monuments, or memorials. President Lincoln’s Boyhood Home in Kentucky, Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and Lewis & Clark National Historical Park in Oregon and Washington are just a few of the many parks that were designated because of their historical significance.

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The National Trust has worked to protect and preserve the often-overlooked hospital and support buildings on the southern side of Ellis Island.

And several of those places are also National Treasures -- places where the National Trust is committed to bringing about a preservation solution. For more information on those sites, check our links below.

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