Arts, Culture and Education Featured Parks

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. Find a few of those stories here and then Find a Park to find more of all Americans' stories.

Arts in the Parks/Parks for the Arts: From the sculptural gardens at St-Gaudens in New Hampshire to the Kolb Studio in Grand Canyon National Park, explore some of the special areas that are protected for their role in telling the story of the arts in America.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site: Hubbell's has been serving Ganado selling groceries, grain, hardware, horse tack, coffee and Native American Art since 1878.It is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.

Glen Echo Park: This park began in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly "to promote liberal and practical education." By 1911, it transformed into DC's premier amusement park for "whites" until citizens demanded and achieved an integrated park in 1961. Today, the National Park Service operates the site and, with the help of the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, offers year-round cultural and recreational activities.Find detailed documentation of the Spanish Ballroom, documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).

Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. The nine African-American students' persistence in attending the formerly all-white Central High School was the most prominent national example of the implementation of the May 17, 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education.

Last updated: March 14, 2016