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Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172
CasaGrande Ruins National Monument News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—January 8, 2015
Dave Carney, Chief of Interpretation and Education
Casa Grande Ruins Offers Free Admission on Martin Luther King, Jr Day –
COOLIDGE, AZ –Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, along with all other National Park sites, join the Nation in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on
with free admission for all visitors. "The holiday provides the perfect opportunity to visit the Monument and start your New Year off right," stated Superintendent Karl Pierce. "Come learn about an important part of the nation's heritage by viewing the new park movie,Casa Grande Ruins: House of Many Stories, or participate in one of the fascinating tours of the Casa Grande compound led by one of our experienced guides."
Several National Park areas are directly associated with Dr. King, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, in Georgia, where his birthplace, home, church, and grave are located;the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, in Alabama, where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March;and the National Mall and Memorial Parks, in Washington, D.C., which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where he spoke of his dream for American. There are dozens of other national park areas that celebrate African American achievements, as well. For more information about those sites, please visit the National Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov.
Western National Parks Association (WNPA), the park's non-profit cooperating association partner, supports Casa Grande Ruins National Monument through book and gift sales in their store in the park visitor center. WNPA will offer a 15% discount on all sales on fee free days.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website, or you may call (520) 723-3172, or follow us on Facebook