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Monday, September 1st, 2008

  • If you scroll through the National Park Service list of national park birthdays, you’ll see a September entry that seems more than a bit odd. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the list informs us, was established on September 1, 1959. Whoa! Can that possibly be true?

  • There is a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin, a 20-mile long portion of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland that lies just south of Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

  • Remember the good old days, when you could enter a national park and there was no cost to hike a trail, tour a museum, or enjoy nature? Well, those days seemingly are fleeting. In a move likely to disappoint many, the folks at Gettysburg National Military Park are thinking of charging a fee to access their museum.

  • [i]Editor's note: In part five of his look at the history and preservation of America's Civil War battlefields, as captured in Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, historian Richard West Sellars looks at the Africa American role in recalling the Civil War.