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National Register of Historic Places Program:
National Park Week

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


National Park Week is proclaimed annually by the President as a week for celebration and recognition of National Parks. Your National Parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer--our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow and places of quiet refuge. This year, take a moment, an hour, a day to visit the national parks near you.

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Highlighted Properties / Previous Highlights / NPS Events

Highlighted Properties

[Photo]George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Photo by henskechristine via Flickr and Creative Commons

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Knox County, Indiana
"Great things have been affected by a few men well conducted"
At 10 a.m., February 25, 1779, the British garrison at Fort Sackville surrendered to American Colonel George Rogers Clark and his force of approximately 170 Americans and Frenchmen. The fort’s capture assured American claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states.

Previously Highlighted Parks

Glacier National Park: located in Flathead and Glacier Counties in northwestern Montana
Located along the American-Canadian border and the Continental Divide. While many types of buildings were constructed in Glacier National Park, and subsequently listed in the National Register of Historic Places for their historic significance and cultural integrity, the fire lookouts, cabins, and ranger stations stand out as important contributions in the history of Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park contains National Historic Landmarks:
Going-to-the-Sun Road
, The Great Northern Railway Buildings, Lake McDonald Lodge (Montana)

Murie Ranch District, Teton County, Wyoming
The Murie Ranch Historic District is important for its association with Olaus Murie, his brother Adolph Murie, and his wife Margaret (Mardy) Murie, in their contributions to biological science and natural resource management in the nation and in their role as contributors to the conservation movement in the nation.

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs. This is also the location where the only President of the United States of America, who once worked as a park ranger, served—Gerald R. Ford, America’s 38th President.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Valley Forge stands as an important place in American history, conveying the suffering, sacrifice and eventual triumph of the small American army under General George Washington in the bitter winter of 1777-1778.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Located in north-central Colorado, the Rocky Mountain National Park straddles the Continental Divide and encompasses the Front Range and Mummy range. The boundaries of the park enclose a surprising concentration of peaks, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the west, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, providing visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

National Park Service Events:

Presidential Proclamation (2011)