HarborSides May-June 2010

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Date: May 25, 2010
Contact: Mindi Rambo, 212-668-2208

 

Ellis Island Exhibit Examines the Lives of Japanese-American Soldiers

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

May 29-Sept. 6

NEW YORK -- The visiting exhibit Go For Broke: Japanese-American Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts outlines the Japanese-American experience in the United States with emphasis on the Japanese-American soldiers in World War II and after.  The exhibit will also emphasize the role of Japanese-American military service in influencing the Civil Rights and Redress Movements. The exhibit will be comprised of 175 framed photographs, text panels, quotes and facsimiles of historic documents.

 

Honoring the American Soldier & the Roots of Memorial Day
General Grant NM, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive

May 31, Noon

Join the National Park Service in observing Memorial Day. NPS Rangers will give presentations on Ulysses S. Grant and Decoration Day between 1 and 4 p.m. at General Grant National Memorial. Visitors to the site may take part in the decoration of the mausoleum during this time by placing flowers on the sarcophagi of Ulysses and his wife, Julia.

St. Paul’s Celebrates Soldier’s Stories & Songs
St. Paul’s  Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon
May 31, Memorial Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The site will be open, regular hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, with special tours throughout the day, recalling the lives and stories of soldiers interred in the historic cemetery. There will also be music and talks recognizing soldiers from throughout American history.

Governors Island Set for Summer Season

Governors Island National Monument

June 5

NEW YORK -- Governors Island National Monument is readying for its regular season which begins on June 5. During the season, the island is accessible to the public Friday through Sunday via a free ferry.  Among the NPS’s planned activities for the summer is Army Heritage Day on June 19. Visitors have the opportunity to discover more than 150 years of Army history at Governors Island. NPS Rangers, the 319th US Army Band, Revolutionary and Civil War living historians and members of today's military will provide re-enactments, children's programming, musical demonstrations, and lectures which pay tribute to army life on Governors Island.

 

Summer Saturdays Return to Federal Hall

Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street

June-August

Summer Saturdays are back by popular demand. Federal Hall National Memorial will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following days: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7, 14, 21, 28. This summer, the NPS is teaming up with the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy to offer the special guided audio walking tour New York Freedom Trail as part of its Summer Saturdays programming. The tour will be offered at 11 a.m. each Saturday. To learn more about the New York Freedom Trail, please visit www.nyharborparks.org .

 

Species Count … Can You?

Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay Unit

June 11-12, 3 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We all know how important it is to get an annual checkup at the doctor, right? Now’s your chance to play doctor! Come out to Gateway NRA’s Jamaica Bay Unit to measure to the health of one of the most important urban national parks in the country and work closely with teams of scientists and naturalists as part of BioBlitz 2010. A BioBlitz is part contest (racing against a 24-hour clock), part educational event, and part scientific endeavor. By observing as many plants and animals as you can, you’ll help to create a snapshot of the biodiversity and wildlife that’s right in our own backyard! To register to participate in the scientific survey or related public programs, visit http://jamaicabay.ciesin.columbia.edu/bioblitz   

 

Soldiers Will Swear to Protect Liberty Under Lady Liberty’s Gaze

Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island

June 14, 10 a.m.

NEW YORK -- On June 14, the United States Army will induct 400 new soldiers during a swearing-in ceremony on Liberty Island in front of the Statue of Liberty.

 

Celebrate Juneteenth with the National Parks of New York Harbor

African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, and Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park

June 19

NEW YORK -- Juneteenth, (June 19, 1865), refers to the news of the Emancipation that General Gordon Granger took to Texas along with a force of Union soldiers 2-1/2 years after Lincoln declared American slaves free on Sept. 22, 1862. This year marks the 145th anniversary of that day when the Civil War ended in Texas and slavery with it.  New York is among the 31 states that recognizes Juneteenth as a holiday. Join the National Park Service in celebrating this important date at two of its sites in New York City.

African Burial Ground National Monument will make the day with a special talk by Dr. Joy DeGruy on the history and significance of Juneteenth  at  11 a.m.  Living historians Nicola and Rufus James lead a presentation of poetry, music and dialogue, commemorating the official end of slavery in America, at Castle Clinton National Monument at 1p.m. 

 

Governors Island to Celebrate Army Heritage Day

Governors Island National Monument

June 19

Discover more than 150 years of Army history at Governors Island National Monument. National Park Rangers, the 319th US Army Band, Revolutionary and Civil War living historians and members of today's military will provide re-enactments, children's programming, musical demonstrations, and lectures which pay tribute to army life on Governors Island. 

 

Music at St. Paul's – A Lunchtime Concert Series

St. Paul’s  Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon

1p.m., Wednesdays in June, Tuesdays in July
This free series of solo and ensemble performances will feature a variety of instruments, styles and forms. Programs run approximately 50 minutes and include brief talks on the history of St. Paul's N.H.S. Concerts will be at 1 p.m. each Wednesday in June. Then in July the concerts will change to each Tuesday at 1 p.m.  There is free admission and parking. Light refreshments will be served. Schedule is subject to change.



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