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Contact: Todd Bolton, 304-535-6026
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host a Naturalization Program on Thursday, August 25, 2016 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Lower Town area. In partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approximately twenty new citizens will take the oath of citizenship in one of our nation’s most unique historical settings. "National parks belong to all Americans," said Harpers Ferry Superintendent Rebecca Harriett, "so what better way to welcome a new generation of American citizens than in our country's most significant places like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park."
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are over 400 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.
Harpers Ferry National Monument was established in 1944 and became a national historical park in 1963. Last year, more than 261,000 park visitors enjoyed the site, adding to the local economy and supporting area jobs.
For further information, contact Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at 304-535-6298.