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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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    24 New Passport Stamps Commemorate the Shenandoah Valley

    Woman holds passport book with cancellation stamps

    The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District recently added 24 new passport stamps to the Passport Program. The 24 new stamps are spread out throughout the Historic District, from Staunton to Winchester, Virginia, and represent the profound impacts that the Civil War had on the Shenandoah Valley. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Student Career Intake Program Interns Host Youth Summit

    Youth participants gather for a group photo at an outdoor stage

    Twelve Student Career Intake Program (SCIP) interns hosted 150 youth, representing 10 Boston-area youth programs at the SCIP Youth Summit. Each year the SCIP interns plan and host the day-long summit as part of their leadership development. The event encourages participants to share their summer experiences and celebrate their successes. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge Voices Uncover African American History

    Denise Valentine, portraying Phillis Wheatley, sits with young girls after her writing program

    The Voices of Valley Forge workshop series was held in July and August at Valley Forge National Historical Park in order to showcase the untold stories of African Americans in our nation’s foundation and our contemporary communities. Scholars, historians, artists and performers held participatory workshops for children and their families to bring history alive through re-enactments, learning simulations, spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and dance. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Finding Freedom? Follow the Lead of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

    YAP! members with Director Jon Jarvis and YAP! member Soulo in a blue kayak

    YAP! researched the Underground Railroad, wrote lyrics and premiered their new song “North Star” at the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series in one week! The ambitious experiential schedule included visiting Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, kayaking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, camping at Greenbelt Park, biking at Fort Dupont Park, touring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, visiting the National Mall, Smithsonian and performing live. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Learners to Teachers Climb to the Top in Massachusetts

    Shadows of the Learners to Teachers and the inside of Nauset Light at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Learners to Teachers, an urban youth group with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park earned second place in the Lowell Youth Summit Media Arts Contest. Their submission of Visual Arts Media is a presentation entitled, In my Backyard, which highlights their summer adventures in Boston, Cape Cod, and the South Coast. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at George Washington's Birthplace

    Native American Traditional Dance

    On Saturday, August 17th, demonstrations and static displays by the Rappahannock Tribe served to remind us that people inhabited the Virginia Tidewater area long before Europeans arrived. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens for Preview Days

    Exhibit in the Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Independence National Historical Park will reopen the Benjamin Franklin Museum beginning with Museum Preview Days on August 24. Visitors can preview the museum until the Grand Opening on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum is dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the 18th century Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Minuteman Missile Digitally Relaunches New & Improved Website

    Minuteman Missile NHS uses the official website and social media to make learning about the Cold War exciting and interactive.

    In preparation for upcoming changes to the National Park Service (NPS) website template in advance of the NPS Centennial in 2016, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site undertook a total revamp of the park's website. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Distance Learning Allows Connections To Classrooms Nationwide

    Minuteman Missile Ranger at distance learning monitor

    Through the use of an internet connection and long distance learning technology Minuteman Missile is able to provide ranger-led education programs live from the underground Launch Control Center at Delta-01. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    History Of The Cold War Lives On Through Minuteman Missile Volunteers

    A former missile maintainer gives visitors a first person perspective of life at a Launch Control Facility

    Minuteman Missile is very fortunate to have volunteers who actively participated in the history we are now interpreting. These men and women served in the United States Air Force during the Cold War, working in, around and with Minuteman nuclear missiles. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    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

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    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

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    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

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    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

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