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Monday, December 8th, 2008

  • I don't know of anyone who is happy about the current economic situation, but while we're waiting for a turn-around, here's a question to ponder: Can a bad economy ever be good for parks?

    In at least one case, the answer seems to be "yes," because the Great Depression played a key role in saving the Yorktown Battlefield from private development.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008

  • When you work the visitor center’s information desk on a slow day, you can strike up conversations with walk-ins. Visitors often will tell you interesting things about themselves. And once in a while they will positively astound you.

    It’s December 7 -- Pearl Harbor Day – and this is my World War II story.

  • It's not Walton's Mountain, and John Boy and the Soggy Bottom Boys probably will not be there, but if you enjoy an old-fashioned Appalachian Mountains Christmas festival, mark December 13 on your calendar.

  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument offers a prime example of re-imaging in NPS context. Custer’s Last Stand occurred at this place, but so did the last stand of the Plains Indians. In 1991, a landmark redesignation acknowledged that the battlefield has a duel identity.