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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 25, 2014 – August 25, 2014, is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service, and the 198th anniversary of the first cave tours through Mammoth Cave – and more!
"The year 2016 is going to be a big one at Mammoth Cave National Park," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "We are making plans now for several anniversaries that we will celebrate that year. Please watch for coming programs and activities here in the park that you won't want to miss."
What are the anniversaries?
- 1816 – 2016, marks 200 years of organized cave tours.
- 1916 – 2016, marks 100 years for the National Park Service. The Organic Act, which created the agency, was signed into law by Congress in 1916.
- 1926 - 2016, marks 90 years since creation of Mammoth Cave National Park was authorized by Congress in 1926.
- 1936 – 2016, marks 80 years since the National Park Service began to manage the Mammoth Cave property.
- 1941 – 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park, the park's official birthday.
- 1946 – 2016, marks the 70 years since the dedication of Mammoth Cave National Park (after World War II).
- 1981 – 2016, marks the 35th anniversary of Mammoth Cave National Park receiving World Heritage status.