A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    The Sky's the Limit

    Students learn the fundamentals of rocketry and thrust through the building and launching of air rockets.

    Minuteman Missile NHS reaches out to the area youth using science and history. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    History Alive

    Dennis C., a former missileer, gives visitors a first person perspective of life on the front lines of the Cold War.

    Former Air Force personnel share their stories to make history come alive. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Historic Tax Credits Promote Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization

    Covers of 35th Anniversary Report and 2012 Annual Report for the tax incentives program.

    The National Park Service marked the 35th anniversary of the highly successful Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program with the release of a report on how the program has helped preserve historic buildings across America while serving as an economic engine for local communities. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    New Guidance for Adding Green Roofs to Historic Properties

    View from above of green roofs on industrial buildings.

    The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office of the National Park Service is continuing its commitment to provide guidance related to sustainability and green design for historic properties with the release of new online guidance for Green Roofs on Historic Buildings. The guidance includes information on green roofs, how they are constructed, and special considerations for installations on historic structures, as well three case-studies. Read more

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Steamtown NHS Upgrades Accessibility for Visitors Who are Deaf or Blind

    A park ranger assists a deaf visitor using Ubi Duo technology

    Steamtown NHS announced two new upgrades to enhance the visitor experience for the park's visitors with hearing or sight impairments. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    New Guidance for Installing Solar Panels on Historic Properties

    Ground mounted solar panels on an industrial site

    The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office of the National Park Service is continuing its commitment to provide guidance related to sustainability and green design for historic properties with the release of new online guidance for Solar Panels on Historic Properties. The guidance showcases successful projects that have added solar energy systems to historic buildings, districts, and landscapes, while preserving their historic character. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Sustainability Guidelines for Rehabilitation Interactive Web Feature Launched

    View of the new online interactive Sustainability Guidelines web feature, featuring a green roof.

    The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings are now available as an interactive web feature. Published in 2011, the Guidelines on Sustainability are the first set of official guidelines on how to make changes to improve energy efficiency and preserve the character of historic buildings. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Park recreates the 1963 March on Washington through an exhibit

    The Right Time

    “Mine Eyes Have Seen” is the 50th anniversary commemorative photographic exhibition currently on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA in the National Park Service Visitor Center’s DREAM Gallery. This special exhibit features historic images that document the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the memorable moment when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Park Hosted the Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition

    Atlanta Global Freedom Expo Flyer

    On August 17, 2013, the National Park Service along with The King Center, in cooperation with Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta Public Schools, the City of Atlanta, Operation Hope and others, presented the Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Read more

  • Yorktown Battlefield Part of Colonial National Historical Park

    Hampton University Interns Research 1863 Contraband Community

    Jordan Smiley Presenting Slabtown Program

    During the 2012 and 2013 summer season; Hampton University History majors, Ryan Brookens and Jordon Smiley, interned at Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield through the Greening Youth Foundation. In addition to helping staff historic buildings and the information desk, they undertook primary research to discover how contraband slaves, settled into a community in 1863, on Confederate owned land, gained ownership of their property after the Civil War. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Youth Quest @ Gettysburg

    Youth Quest participants ready to explore the park.

    Last week, 25 rising ninth graders visited Gettysburg to participate in Youth Quest, a 4-day, 3-night experience that builds and develops leadership skills by exploring the history of Gettysburg and interacting with college students, faculty and educators. Activities took place from July 28 to August 1, 2013 on the fields and farms of Gettysburg National Military Park, the park museum and on the campus of Gettysburg College. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Freshman Maritime High School Students Receive InDock-tranation on Governors Island

    Rangers Kevin Credo and Katie Moscowitch toasting smores with Harbor High School freshman.

    It is not every high school freshman whose first day of school is on an island and a national monument next door. Prospective freshman students from the New York Harbor School recieved not only an introduction to their unusual high school, but the National Park site next door. Read more

  • Yorktown Battlefield Part of Colonial National Historical Park

    Contraband Church Celebrates 150 years

    Speaker at podium, with American Flag over wayside, and others

    In 1863, when Union General Issac Wistar established a community for contraband on Yorktown's 1781 battlefield, Shiloh Baptist Church began. The park planned and participate with Shiloh's 150th homecoming event that included a march of the church members from their current location to their historic church site; the dedication of new waysides to tell the church's history; and a roll call of local U.S.C.Ts with flowers placed on the graves of those in the national cemetery. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Freedom Day 150 Year Anniversary

    Singers at Freedom Day Celebration

    Greeneville, Tennessee celebrates 150 years since Andrew Johnson freed his personal slaves. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Information Exchange

    Learning day with local partners

    Staff at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site have conducted training with local partners to share information about interpretive and educational techniques to promote public service to multiple audiences. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Future NPS Stewards

    Students explore a Civil War camp

    Students at a local elementary school participate in multiple programs to investigate the life of Andew Johnson and the Civil War in their own community. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Civil War Music and History

    Civil War band performance

    Students experienced Civil War history set to the music of a historic brass band. Re-enactors portrayed Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson for this special event. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Celebrating Local Schools

    Andrew Johnson living history performer speaks to school children

    Park staff from Andrew Johnson NHS helped a local school celebrate its award as a Top Performing Tennessee School in 2013. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    The Life of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass as portrayed by a re-enactor

    Andrew Johnson National Historic Site brought history to life for 1,000 local students during Black History Month through a historical performance on the life of Frederick Douglass. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Common Core and the Confederacy: Summer Workshop for Teachers

    Teacher attend a summer workshop

    Teachers investigated how their local community was impacted by forces from the North and South during the Civil War. Activities and materials were tied to Common Core State Standards. Read more