A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it wasn't about cakes and candles — it was about preparing the NPS to take on the challenges of our second century. A Call to Action was our blueprint to get us there. Every partner, program, and park played a dynamic role in realizing that vision. The stories below are examples of that work, and a final report on the centennial summarizes the success of this collaboration.

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  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    A Celebration of America's Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

    Sarah Bursky of NPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Office in Boston.

    Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which was signed into law, creating a system of protected rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for present and future generations. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Freedom's Way National Heritage Area Celebrates a Visionary

    Marge Darby

    Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area annual meeting, October 28, 2018. Read more

  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Middle School Band from Tennessee Comes to Wish Harry Truman a Happy Birthday.

    The Inman Middle School Concert Band, from Tennessee, Play at the Truman Library

    Through words and music, the Inman Middle School Band of Paris, TN, came to Independence, Missouri, to wish Harry Truman a happy 134th birthday. The program was held at and in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. The highlight of the show was the sharing of some of Harry's love letters to Bess Wallace, music from the WWI era, and a new arrangement of Harry and Bess Truman's love song, "They Didn't Believe Me." Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Willard Buttrick's Power Horn comes home

    Superintendent BJ Dunn and Marshall Buttrick

    Minute Man National Historical Park accepts the powder horn of Willard Buttrick which was used on April 19, 1775. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    BioBlitz at Minute Man National Historical Park a Success

    Group pic for Minute Man's Bio Blitz

    Two local and internationally known naturalists, Peter Alden and Dr. Edward O. Wilson came out to Minute Man National Historical Park's Bio Blitz on September 22, 2018. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Park(ing) Day Lowell 2018

    Meditation Garden

    PARK(ing) Day returned to downtown Lowell Friday, September 21, 2018, with two park installations themed around "LoWellness.” Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Portuguese community comes out for new exhibit

    Holy Ghost Marching Band of Lowell performing in Boott Mills courtyard

    Members of the Portuguese community come out for the opening of a Community Exhibit on the Portuguese in Lowell, Massachusetts, titled “Immigration from the Atlantic Islands to Lowell, Massachusetts: Continuity and Change in the Mill City’s Portuguese Community,” on Wednesday, August 29th at 5:30pm Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    32nd Annual Lowell Folk Festival

    Mariachi Mexico Antiguo

    32nd Annual Lowell Folk Festival Read more

  • First State National Historical Park

    Field Trips in the First State

    A student volunteers to go in the pillory during one of the educational programs at ArCH Preservation Field Days.

    Over the course of five days in April and May, the park hosted more than 1,700 Delaware 4th grade students to experience ArCH (Arts, Culture and Heritage) Preservation Field Days on The Dover Green, and Make A Splash at the John Dickinson Plantation and St. Jones Reserve and Delaware National Estuarine in Dover. More than 37 state, federal, and non-profit partners are involved in presenting hands-on educational activities that meet various Delaware State curriculum standards. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Fort Scott NHS Sells Out Audience Centered Candlelight Tour

    tour group illuminated by candlelantern under the moonlight

    On December 1 and 2 of this year, Fort Scott National Historic Site capped off its 175th Anniversary celebration with its 36th Annual Candlelight Tour. The candlelight tour is held annually the first Friday and Saturday evening of December. The site is enchanted by the ambience of over 800 candle lanterns. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Civil War on Ship Island

    Tents and dining flies stretch along a white sand beach, a large masonry fort stands in the background.

    Commemorating through living history, the Civil War story of soldiers, sailors, and marines at Ship Island, Mississippi from 1861 to 1865. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Youth Attend Overnight Program at Fort Scott NHS in Commemoration of the Fort’s 175th

    Youth recruits receiving instruction from drill sergeant

    This summer at Fort Scott National Historic Site, 29 young people, aged 11-15, answered a call to service by joining the site’s first ever Camp of Instruction. The Camp of Instruction is an overnight program where youth stay overnight in the barracks or tents at the historic site. The program gives youth an idea of what life is like in the 1840s army.The camp was held in commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the fort's establishment. Read more

  • Padre Island National Seashore

    Centennial Student Art Contest

    Paintings on display on walls and table in art gallery

    Students find their park through art with a Centennial Student Art Contest hosted by Padre Island National Seashore. Read more

  • Director

    Sing Across America

    Singing in front of President Harry S Truman's home

    “Sing Across America” brought young people together to express the human connection to nature through song, and to celebrate national parks and special places in their communities. The project was coordinated by artist Louise Phillips, who wrote the lyrics to the “Children’s Earth Anthem.” Charles Eversole, Artistic Director for the Singing Angels, composed the music. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    A Musket on His Shoulder

    Historic Image of African American Soldiers on Ship Island.

    Celebrating the history of African American soldiers on Ship Island, Mississippi from 1863 to 1870. Read more

  • 1840s Are Alive Again: 2015 Fur Trade Symposium at Bent’s Fort

    Many people in the plaza of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in partnership with many other sponsors presented the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium from September 23 to September 26, 2015. More than 175 registered participants took part in this year’s event which also included period music presentations in the evening, field trips to area fur trade sites, and a performance by the Koshare Dancers of La Junta. The symposium culminated with a banquet and fandango in the fort plaza attended by 300. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    NPS Historicorps

    Five men working at Bents Old Fort

    The National Park Service, through Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, in partnership with Lamar Community College and the non-profit group HistoriCorps, sponsored a hands-on field school for students this summer.  From July 14 to August 14, 2014, students from the college’s Historic Preservation Program worked with NPS staff to complete on-going preservation work on the fort. Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Special Hiking Programs

    A photography group tours the Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds

    During the centennial, the NPS long-standing tradition of ranger hikes and tours continued and expanded to include special guest speakers such as researchers, scientists, and staff experts. Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Social Media Photo Contest and Art Exhibit

    Twitter user @sydneymadisonnn won the Social Media Photo Contest by submitting this picture of the Painted Hills.

    Twitter user @sydneymadisonnn won the Social Media Photo Contest with a combined 146 Facebook and Twitter likes! Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Night Sky Programs

    The Milky Way at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    The rural area of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has some of the lowest light pollution in the continental United States and allows some of the darkest skies in the nation! Read more

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