A massive defense authorization bill, carrying riders that create seven national parks, headed Friday to President Obama for his signature, though how the National Park Service would pay for the additions was not immediately clear.
Gettysburg National Military Park
In one of the largest expansions of the National Park System in decades, a nearly 1,700-page bill to fund the Defense Department carries amendments to add roughly a half-dozen units to the park system and add acres to others. But the measure also raises concerns over whether Congress is micro-managing National Park Service decisions when it comes to wildlife management under the Endangered Species Act, and how donors to the system should be recognized.
More than 151 years after 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was killed at Gettysburg, he has been honored for his gallantry in battle with the Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the medal on November 6 in a ceremony a military historian said "rectified an ommission."
People have been collecting stuff forever. When adults visit national parks, they can collect passport stamps or pamphlets. Children earn Junior Ranger badges, though getting one takes a lot more effort and time than a passport stamp. But there’s something else out there to collect, too, and it looks a lot like baseball trading cards
Gettysburg National Military Park’s Advisory Commission will meet in early April to provide an update on the Museum and Visitor Center, battlefield landscape rehabilitation, the development of a park fire management plan, and other park projects and to provide a citizens' open forum.
Though Congress has yet to act on legislation to allow the National Park Service to acquire the Gettysburg Railroad Station, the Gettysburg Foundation has reached an agreement to purchase the station.
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech which included the phrase, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here...." Time has proven otherwise, and on November 19, 2013, a ceremony at Gettysburg National Military Park will mark the 150th anniversary of what is now known as the Gettysburg Address.
The gathering of a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan at Gettysburg National Military Park will take place on October 5, barring the closure of the National Park System, under a permit approved by the park.
Deer culling at Gettysburg National Military Park will resume in October as officials work to tamp down the herds so vegetation has a better chance to grow.
Work is underway at Gettysburg National Military Park to rehabilitate the northern section of Cemetery Ridge to its historic condition, and a key step in that project has now been completed. On March 11, several dozen people gathered to watch the demolition of the last remaining portion of the old Cyclorama building