Special Events Planned For This Summer At Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Fort Laramie National Historic Site’s summer season, which will feature a variety of activities, from daily guided tours and talks to living history demonstrations and special events.

A Traveler Special Report: "Oil Trains" Pose A Significant Threat To National Parks

For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Marias Pass, skirting the south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain. Today a derailment involving a 100-car train hauling highly combustible Bakken crude oil risks an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in National Park Service history.

Birding In The National Parks: Try Your Luck At A National Historic Or Battlefield Park

It’s not difficult to see why many of our national parks offer spectacular birding. Vast expanses of protected natural areas are bound to be good spots for watching birds and other wildlife. The national seashores and lakeshores are even more inviting as birding destinations than some of the “parks.” But what about the historic sites and national battlefields?

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Union National Monument Do Away With Entrance Fees

Deciding that "entrance fees at Fort Laramie" don't make sense any more, the superintendent for Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming has done away with them. So, too, has Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site To Celebrate 75th Birthday

Fort Laramie Historic Site, which preserves a frontier fort on the windswept Wyoming plains, will celebrate its 75th birthday as a unit of the National Park System next week.

Sacred Ceremonial Horse Ride At Fort Laramie National Historic Site On October 15

A sacred ceremonial horse ride involving Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribal members is scheduled to take place Monday, October 15, at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in eastern Wyoming.

Many National Parks Get The Indian Story Wrong

Earlier this year we ran a story by former Park Service historian Richard West Sellars that examined how fully the National Park Service at Fort Laramie National Historic Site recounts the history of the 19th Century Indian Wars. The following article from Robert Pahre takes a broader look at how the National Park Service interprets Native American history.

War And Consequences: The American Indian Movement Vs. The National Park Service At Fort Laramie, Part II

What parts of history did the National Park Service leave out in its interpretation of the 19th-century Indian Wars and the role of Fort Laramie, now a national historic site?

War And Consequences: The American Indian Movement Vs. The National Park Service At Fort Laramie

Has the National Park Service failed to adequately and fully explore Native American history at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, skewing history to avoid discussing the darker side to the Indian wars? A long-time Park Service historian thinks so.

These "Christmas Past" Events Included a Stars and Stripes Santa, a Nog Party and a Legendary Winter Ride

A glimpse into holiday celebrations from Christmas Past was offered by a number of parks around the country in recent days. Here's a sampling from three historical parks that includes a Stars and Stripes Santa, an 1861 Nog Party and legendary Christmas Eve ride to a frontier fort to call out the cavalry.

National Park Mystery Photo 29 Revealed: Standard U.S. Cavalry Dress Headwear, Circa mid-19th Century

Stroll the barracks at Fort Laramie National Historic Site and part of what you'll see are some of the dress uniforms the U.S. Cavalry kept on hand for special occasions. Literally topping these uniforms are ornate helmets that some believe have a Prussian inspiration.

A Virtual Tour, And Vault of Information, of Fort Laramie National Historic Site Now Online

A tool handy for national park visitors, educators, and researchers is blossoming under a collaboration between the National Park Service and a non-profit organization focused on preserving cultural sites, one that showcases the power, depth, and usefulness of the Internet.

National Park Road Trip 2010: Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Greetings from Casper, Wyoming, where we are at the Marriott Courtyard. Casper was where the emigrants left the North Platte with its accompanying grass and water. Many pioneers considered the trip along the North Platte to be the easiest portion of the trail west.

Visually Impaired Students Retracing Oregon and California National Historic Trails.

Students with trail marker
A combination of modern technology and hands-on interpretation is helping a group of students from the Kansas State School for the Blind on an expedition of discovery this month. They're visiting several NPS sites while retracing the routes of the Oregon and California National Historic Trails

National Park Quiz 72: Forts

Let’s find out if you know your national park forts. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you man the ramparts.