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"The Spirit of America" Is a Unique Combination of History and Art – See It at Ellis Island

Music has been called a universal language, and now a unique musical instrument has been created to commemorate not only two important historic sites, but also some ideals that are central to the story of our nation. The Spirit of America Gibson Les Paul Guitar has just gone on display at Ellis Island in New York, and you can see it there until next August.

Prized Statue of George Washington Has a New Home at Valley Forge National Historical Park

There are plenty of statues of George Washington around the country, but if you showed up on the Antique Road Show with this one, it would cause quite a stir. Valley Forge National Historical Park is home to one of the finest statues of George Washington in existence, but if you're looking for this piece of sculpture, it now has a new home in the park.

Reader Participation Day: Visit Wyoming's National Parks, or Those in Washington State?

It was quite a battle last week when we asked whether you would rather visit Utah's national parks or those in California. Well, here's another head-scratcher: Would you first head to Wyoming and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, or Washington State with Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier national parks?

Interior Secretary Sued For Not Following Endangered Species Guidelines In Gulf of Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity, which earlier this summer threatened to sue federal officials and BP over Kemp’s ridley sea turtles being killed in oil fires, now is going after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for failing to assess how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is impacting endangered whales and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.

National Park Service Extends Comment Period on Proposal To Vaccinate Yellowstone Bison

A plan to use air rifles to vaccinate Yellowstone National Park bison against brucellosis apparently is more controversial than initially thought. Park Service officials say due to interest and concerns over the project, they're extending the comment period on the draft Environmental Impact Statement another 60 days.

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