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Contact: Gabe Laster, (229) 824-4104 ex. 41
Contact: Patty Kuehn, (229) 824-4104 ex. 40
This year marks the 98th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will join the other 401 units of the National Park Service in celebration on August 25th. The National Park Service was created by an act of Congress to "promote and regulate the use of the . . . national parks . . . which purpose is to conserve the scenery and natural historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
In 1987, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Preservation District was created by an act of Congress to be a unit of the National Park Service and has been a part of the Plains community for the last 27 years. Over the years there have been many changes as the park partnered with the town of Plains and the Plains Historic Preservation Trust to better enhance the visitor experience. In 1996, the Plains High School became the new visitor center and museum after years of being closed. In 2000, the Jimmy Carter Boyhood farm was opened to the public as a way to give the visitor a sense of how like was on a small rural farm in the 1930's era.
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.