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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Junior Ranger Day 2015: Find Your Park

On Saturday, April 25th park rangers at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will offer a free program geared towards 5-12 year old children entitled "Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Junior Ranger Day 2015: Find Your Park." In anticipation of the National Park Service's 100th birthday next year, participants will have the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate, while participating in fun, national park-themed activities. Participants will learn about the National Park Service and a few of the 407 different units that make up our National Park System, which has been called by some "America's Best Idea."

Activities planned include the Make a Statue of Liberty game, Carlsbad Caverns Bat/Moth Chase, and Decoding Andrew Johnson. Participants should meet the park ranger at the Andrew Johnson Homestead located at 209 South Main Street in Downtown Greeneville. The program will start at 10 am. For more information, please call 423-638-3551. Come and "find your park" and join us in kicking off our celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday!


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Reconstruction: Blueprints for a Nation's Future

From April through June, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will host an exhibit entitled "Reconstruction: Blueprints for a Nation's Future." The post-Civil War period when Andrew Johnson was president is known as the "Reconstruction era" and it was one of the most difficult times in America's history. Our Nation's leaders had the difficult task of deciding how the South would be readmitted into the Union, if and how the former Confederate soldiers should be punished, and what should happen to the former slaves who had recently been emancipated by the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The impacts of the decisions made during Reconstruction are felt even today.

This exhibit, on display in the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Visitor Center, compares the different plans that Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and the United States Congress all formulated for restoring the Union after the Civil War. It features a pardon issued by President Andrew Johnson to former Confederate Colonel Thaddeus Dillard Bryson. Bryson City, the small North Carolina town on the southern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is named for Colonel Bryson.


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Highlights of previous programs at Andrew Johnson NHS:

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Andrew Johnson's inaugural in the parlor of the Kirkwood House.

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150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater. After his death on April 15, 1865, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States. The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site commemorated this historic event at the Visitor Center on April 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with a program and video.
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Eliza McCardle Johnson

In 2013, First Lady Eliza McCardle Johnson was featured on C-Span's "First Ladies: Influence and Image" series. This broadcast enabled viewers to learn more about this reclusive yet quietly influential lady.

Eliza Johnson is credited with teaching her husband to read and write. He actually had the rudiments of an education, and she helped further it along. Andrew Johnson acknowledged his gratitude in some of his speeches:

Nashville's Union and American synopsis from a Johnson speech at Sparta (1853): "God bless woman! For she had taught him the rudiments of the education which he had."

And from Johnson's remarks at the Tennessee State Fair (1857): "I tell you, my fellow-citizens, the day is coming when it will be seen that the integrity of this government depends upon the education of our daughters."


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