Throwback Thursday

Black and white photo of a person sitting overlooking a valley Person sitting overlooking a valley
Taken at Millers Head in Shenandoah National Park in 1941 by Robert Batey Moore
Taken at Millers Head in Shenandoah National Park in 2016 by Jason Cave

Throw back to the past on Thursday, April 23, 2020, during National Park Week, a nine-day celebration of the enjoyment and preservation of the nation's natural and cultural heritage.

History happened and memories are made in national parks. Explore the history preserved in national parks while also learning about the ongoing efforts of the National Park Service and partners to preserve America's cultural treasures in communities across the country. Maybe even share the history of your family and friends visiting national parks.

Here are a few ideas of how you can "throw back." Share your experiences and discoveries on social media using the hashtags #NationalParkWeek, #ThrowbackThursday, and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

  1. Make a Visit. Find history in one of the more than 400 national parks across the country. Kids can even earn a Junior Ranger badge while learning about the past!
  2. Then & Now. Share a throwback picture of you or your family and friends visiting a national park in the past. Maybe even recreate the magic of the same image today putting them side by side.
  3. Relive. Take a literal walk down memory lane. Whether taking a hike to a memorable spot, following a vacation route you made as a kid, or visiting a special place in history that made a mark on you, recreate an experience in a park that stood out in your memory.
  4. Understanding the Past and Celebrating the Present. Step back into the past to learn the histories of who we are as a diverse nation and the heritage shared in parks and communities today. Explore American Indian Heritage, African American Heritage, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, European American Heritage, and Women's History.
  5. Connect with Your Neighborhood. Explore historic places in your neighborhood that are on the National Register of Historic Places or are a National Historic Landmark.
  6. Take Action. Learn how you can get involved in preserving historic places in your community.
  7. Preservation in Action. Meet the preservation rangers of the National Park Service and learn more about their projects in national parks and communities across the country.
  8. Teach the Next Generation. Check out lesson plans that help kids learn about special historic places in their neighborhoods.Teaching with Historic Places.

Last updated: March 9, 2020