Getting Ready for 2016
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. Vicksburg National Military Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Visitors to Vicksburg National Military Park now have the opportunity to share in 19th-century gardening traditions. The Heritage Demonstration Garden, developed and maintained in partnership with the Master Gardeners of Warren County, Mississippi, is a unique outdoor classroom experience. Read more
Vicksburg National Military Park, working in tandem with the Harpers Ferry Center, designed, fabricated, and installed fifty-four new interpretive waysides throughout the battlefield and outlying areas. Read more
As part of the nationwide effort detailed in the recent launch of the National Park Service 'Green Parks Plan,' Vicksburg National Military Park is making a concerted effort to reduce its carbon footprint. Read more
Starting a fitness program is a lifestyle change that is best supported when the whole family is involved. To encourage families to get out and get healthy together, Vicksburg National Military Park has initiated the “Shape Up, Junior Ranger!” program - a fun way for children and their families to get fit, explore and learn about their National Park and community. Read more
Did You Know?
Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.