Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

NPS Centennial Band performing at Shiloh National Military Park. Musicians are standing on a stage with a National Park Service banner behind them.
NPS Centennial Band performing earlier this year at Shiloh National Military Park.


Thursday, August 25 -- 7:00 pm
Free Concert

The National Park Service is turning 100 on Thursday, August 25! Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site is celebrating with a free concert that evening at 7:00 pm on the park grounds.

The NPS Centennial Band from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park will perform traditional jazz and early 20th century popular American music. In addition, they have some original songs to commemorate the National Park Service and its birthday.

Bring your friends and family to this free concert. The concert will be on the grounds of the park, so bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Lift Every Voice play with two actors on stage, one dressed as a Junior Ranger
Lift Every Voice performance


Friday, August 26 -- 7 pm
Free Family-Friendly Play

Reservations required

Lift Every Voice: The Black Experience in the Heartland will be presented at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7 pm. The original play produced by Bright Star Touring Theater is ideal for kids ages 8-12, but all can enjoy this engaging performance. Admission is free, but seating in our theater is limited so reservations are required. Call 314-842-1867 ext. 230.

Lift Every Voice was designed especially to celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial and the many Black Americans who made a difference in the American Midwest. Watch the pages of history come to life with interactive scenes from the first black homesteaders reaching Nicodemus, KS to the Little Rock Nine on their first day of school. Meet famous leaders, ground-breakers and heroes such as Charles Young, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver in this engaging and educational performance.

Audiences will learn about the many great national parks throughout the Midwest, such as Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, Brown v Board of Education in Topeka, KS, and the Homestead National Monument of American in Beatrice, NE. This production also includes empowering songs such as "Oh Freedom," "I'm Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table," "For Lincoln and Liberty Too," and "Home on the Range."

Last updated: August 10, 2016

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