Fort Raleigh NHS Releases Listing of Centennial Events

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Date: February 22, 2016
Contact: Lynne Belanich, 252-473-2111

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100 years old. To celebrate the 100th birthday of America’s national parks, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (NHS), has planned many exciting programs.

The National Park Service Find Your Park centennial campaign reaches out to tomorrow’s park stewards and helps them define “park” in their own way. Join our participation in this program via our social media sites on Twitter and Instagram (@fortraleighnps), and Facebook.
Scheduled Events:

Event: “Explore Your Outer Banks Parks: Celebrating a Century of the National Park Service” Exhibit
Date: March 5-December 31, 2016 (Opening night on March 4 from 5:30-7:30)
Partner: Outer Banks History Center
Location: The Outer Banks History Center, 1 Festival Park Manteo, NC 27954
Event Description: In an effort to connect local residents and visitors to the Outer Banks Group of parks, we are partnering with the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) to create an NPS Centennial Exhibit. The exhibit will highlight events from our park histories and showcase the wonderful resources our parks have to offer.

Event: First Colony Foundation Archeological Dig: “Project Dogwood”
Date: April 17 – 23rd
Location: Fort Raleigh NHS - area adjacent to earthen fort Partner: First Colony Foundation
Event Description: The First Colony Foundation is planning an archeological dig in honor of the Centennial and the 75th anniversary of Fort Raleigh NHS. The focus of the dig will be to further investigate the “Ganz Workshop“ site adjacent to the earthen fort. This event will help us to gain knowledge about the park which will help to excite and engage new audiences about the Lost Colony.

Event: The Lost Colony Drama Centennial Dedication
Date: May 27th Dedication (associated event May 27th – Aug 20th)
Location: Fort Raleigh NHS, The Lost Colony Amphitheatre Partner: Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA)
Event Description: On the opening night of The Lost Colony Drama, RIHA will be dedicating the season of the Lost Colony to the National Park Service for the Centennial and kicking off a variety of special activities.They include: changing the park facilities (visitors center, bathrooms) hours to stay open until 6:30 p.m. for play patrons to enjoy, promoting and providing Junior Ranger programs, additional programs during the afternoon visitor center hours, providing park passport stamp and centennial stamp at the Lost Colony Box office, allowing every 4th grader in free with a paying adult, having the main play narrator be a “Park Ranger,” providing centennial pins to RIHA and Lost Colony employees, promoting the NPS & Centennial in Lost Colony programs, bulletin boards, and on their website.

Last updated: March 16, 2016

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954


(252) 473-2111

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