Mark National Lighthouse Day At Fort Sumter National Monument

There are many lighthouses throughout the National Park System, so you can imagine there will be many celebrations on August 7 to mark National Lighthouse Day. If you live in, or near, South Carolina, you can join the party at Fort Sumter National monument.

Commemoration Of H.L. Hunley's Sinking Of USS Housatonic Coming To Fort Sumter National Monument

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago naval warfare history was marked when a Confederate submarine used a torpedo to sink the USS Housatonic in the waters near Fort Sumter. While that didn't mark a turning point in the Civil War, it did advance naval warfare.

"Civil War Activity Book" Published By Eastern National Helps Youngsters Understand Civil War Parks

A fun activity book filled with puzzles and history will help youngsters gain some insights to the Civil War.

National Park Service Launches Civil War Website

Our country is entering year two of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and many Americans still have a deep interest in the events—and people—connected with that conflict. The National Park Service has launched a new Civil War website that provides a wealth of information and useful tools for both exploring and learning.

Mystery Photo 41 Revealed: Caught in a Casement

Imagine the kinetic energy of the impact.

National Parks By the Numbers: Recapping the Year's Statistical Recaps

Traveler's "By the Numbers" articles provide interesting (and often surprising) statistics for selected parks. We published 13 of them this year.

Celebrate National Park Lighthouses On August 7, National Lighthouse Day

It's been nearly 225 years since Congress called for lighthouses "beacons, buoys and public piers" to be built for the safety of the public and seafarers. You can celebrate that occasion, which fell August 7, 1789, by visiting one of the many lighthouses across the National Park System.

Traveler's Checklist: Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument has become an even more popular tourist destination now that the Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration is under way. Here is information to help you plan your visit.

An Atonement at Fort Sumter

The world knows Fort Sumter as the place where the Civil War started 150 years ago, but I know it as the place where I earned redemption less than two months ago.

Reenactments Highlight Fort Sumter Battle Anniversary Commemoration

One hundred and fifty years ago this Tuesday, April 12, the first salvos of the Civil War were launched when Confederate forces began a 34-hour bombardment that ended with the surrender of Fort Sumter.

By the Numbers: Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. One hundred and fifty years later, a national park preserves and interprets the site.

Ken Burns' Landmark Series "The Civil War" to be Rebroadcast in Early April

Long before Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks, the filmmaker produced another multi-program epic that features several NPS areas. THE CIVIL WAR, which first aired in 1990, remains the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. The series is being rebroadcast in early April to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

National Park Service Rolling Out 5-Year Plan to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Civil War

Through the course of the next five years the National Park Service will be rolling out a series of programs to both help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and highlight its impact on the Civil Rights movement in this country.

The Annual Meeting of the Dumb and Dumber National Park Visiting Society

Organizations that start out small and simple can expect to end up large and complex, but what can be expected of an organization that starts out small and stupid?

National Park Service Looking For Kids Interested in Becoming Junior Civil War Historians

Kids who visit a handful of Civil War-era units of the National Park System will be able to earn a special Junior Ranger patch, one that recognizes them as Junior Civil War Historians.

Fort Sumter and Bull Run Stamps Will Lead Off Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemorative Series

In April the Postal Service will issue stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of two important Civil War events, the beginning of the war and the first great land battle. National parks preserve both sites.

Pruning the Parks: Castle Pinckney National Monument (1933-1956)

The Park Service acquired South Carolina’s Castle Pinckney National Monument in 1933, but was glad to see it abolished and transferred in the 1950s. Lacking a glorious past, and too expensive to restore, the old island fort now sits rotting in Charleston harbor.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

“Uncle Bob,” Said Brian, “I Would Really, Really Like to See Fort Sumter”

Nephew Brian, a Civil War fan of the first order, was keen to see Fort Sumter. So when he visited me in my South Carolina home, we jumped in my car, drove to Charleston, boarded a boat, and headed into the harbor. And there he saw Fort Sumter.

To Make “Glory,” Hollywood Moved the Atlantic Ocean

Battle scenes from the movie “Glory” highlighted Fort Sumter National Monument’s recent commemoration of the 146th anniversary of the assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts, the Civil War’s most famous African American unit. The Atlantic Ocean was not where it was supposed to be, however, and that took a little explaining.

Dead Whales On a Sullivan's Island Beach Remind Us That There’s No Such Place as “Away”

An exhausted pygmy whale and her calf washed ashore last week near Charleston, South Carolina, and had to be euthanized. The mother whale was starving because she swallowed a plastic bag tossed from a boat.

Sullivan’s Island Was the African-American Ellis Island

Charleston, South Carolina, was North America’s main port of entry for African slaves, and hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were quarantined at Sullivan’s Island before being passed along to the slave markets and a life of toil. “African Passage,” an exhibit that will open on March 22 at Fort Moultrie National Monument, will tell this painful story.