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Trading cards have been popular with kids for generations, from images of sports figures to movie stars. Now, Cane River Creole National Historical Park is offering free trading cards featuringpeople places and events that tell the Cane River region's Civil War to Civil Rights story.
The cards available at Cane River Creole National Historical Parkare part of a series of 550 cards available at participating national parks throughout the United States. To "earn" a trading card, kids may participate in a ranger-led tour or answer a question about their visit to the park.
"The trading cards are vehicles for telling some 'lesser-known' stories - including the stories of civilians, women, African-Americans and American Indians," said Park Ranger Tim Van Cleave. The trading cards are a great way to engage kids with our history as a nation, both here at Cane River Creoleand throughout the United States. According to Van Cleave, the cards also provide an incentive to families with children to visit all parks which offer the cards.
Each trading card tells a little-known story but collectively the cards describe the struggles we have endured as a nation to strive for freedom and equality. The Civil War Sesquicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement provide opportunities for us to reflect upon our past, celebrate the strides we have made and look forward with commitment to achieve a more perfect union.
Cane River Creole has also joined the growing list of parks participating in the Junior Civil War Historian program.To become a Junior Civil War Historian, children must complete the Junior Ranger program at three participating parks, or complete the Junior Ranger program at two participating parks and one online activity at http://www.nps.gov/stri/forkids/jcwh.htm. Children who complete the program will earn a limited edition Junior Civil War Historian Patch. For a complete list of participating parks visit: http://www.nps.gov/stri/forkids/jcwhparks.htm .