The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!
The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at FindYourPark.com (and EncuentraTuParque.com) and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.
National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!
The Arlington House Victorian Dance Society is an award winning group that is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and technique of Victorian Dance from the Civil War Era. It is not only a beautiful art form, but is also a tangible connection to the Historic Period that Arlington House interprets. The Group is a corps of volunteers, most of whom started as mansion docents at Arlington House with an initial interest in the history of the site and time period that evolved. Read more
The Historic Kitchen Garden at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial has been the site of a developing program over the last few years that has gone through a transformation from being a basic demonstration garden that gave visitors an opportunity to see the different food stuffs that would have been used during the historic period to a garden that produces a bounty for a local food bank. Read more
One of the important themes at Arlington House involves interpreting African American history from slavery to freedom. Arlington House incorporates this theme into all interpretive programming. A special emphasis was put on it in 2012 and 2014. 2012 was the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the manumission of the enslaved people on the Arlington Plantation. Special programs were conducted that also tied those anniversaries to the modern Civil Rights movement. Read more
In three separate events, 2012 - 2014, Arlington House worked with new partners - local African American churches and museums - to create programs that were designed to help the local community, including many with special ties to the history of the park but who had never visited, and our normal visitors explore the fullness of African American history at Arlington House. Read more
Each year we bring on student interns from West Springfield High School in Fairfax, VA. Students are introduced to the history of the site and the principles of public history. They receive training and spend 100 hours working with the public. The skills they learn are both invaluable to their understanding of how to interpret history and how to communicate difficult subjects to diverse groups of people. Many of those students have then been hired by the NPS. Read more