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History lessons on Boston streets

History lessons on Boston streets

Boston African American National Historic Site: Ranger David Santucci talks about a copy of a broadside from 1850 with students in Beacon Hill.

The Baldwin 26 keeps chugging along

The Baldwin 26 keeps chugging along

Steamtown National Historic Site: The Baldwin 26 locomotive belches smoke as it chugs along the tracks.

Symphony at the Seashore

Symphony at the Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore: The Cape Symphony performs outdoors in a free concert at Cape Cod National Seashore.

Archeologists at the Angela Site

Archeologists at the Angela Site

Colonial National Historical Park: An archeologist speaks at the site where Angela, an enslaved African woman, lived with the white family who enslaved her in the 1600s.

Bald Mountain Pond

Bald Mountain Pond

Appalachian Trail: An area near Bald Mountain Pond was added to the Appalachian Trail this year.

A confluence of kayakers

A confluence of kayakers

Gauley River National Recreation Area: Kayakers and a park ranger in a waterboat enjoy a summer's day on the river.

New museum shows artifacts

New museum shows artifacts

Statue of Liberty National Monument: Exhibits specialist Brent Talbot installs exhibits in the new museum on Liberty Island.

Booker T Washington national monument - Come quick!

Booker T Washington national monument - Come quick!

Booker T. Washington National Monument: From the "Into the Wilderness" event.

Paddlers unite! - National parks scenic trails

Paddlers unite! - National parks scenic trails

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail: Paddlers take to the waters in Baltimore. This program brings the National Park Service together with partners the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms Foundation, ... More

Lowell National Historical Park - Dancing at Lowell Folk Festival

Lowell National Historical Park - Dancing at Lowell Folk Festival

Couples dance to the music at the 2019 Lowell Folk Festival.

Trails and Rails Program

Trails and Rails Program

On a limited number of Amtrak trains, you can find volunteers who will tell you about national park sites in the areas where you are traveling.

Home schoolers visit national park

Home schoolers visit national park

Valley Forge National Historical Park: Park Guide Jennifer Bolton demonstrates living history to children during Home School Day 2019.

Tugboat Erie, National Parks gallery

Tugboat Erie, National Parks gallery

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor: This photo is the 2019 First Place winner of the Erie Canalway's annual photo contest.

The bombs bursting in air

The bombs bursting in air

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: Actually, those are fireworks behind the 15-star US flag, celebrating the defeat of the British in the Battle of Baltimore.

Tired marchers, National Parks gallery

Tired marchers, National Parks gallery

Stonewall National Monument: Marchers had to wait for hours until it was time for the Stonewall National Monument contingent to march. These two marchers await the time to launch.

Lowell National Historical Park - Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic Ensemble

Lowell National Historical Park - Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic Ensemb...

Lowell National Historical Park: Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic Ensemble entertain as part of the Lowell Folk Festival.

Anthony Johnson Living History Program

Anthony Johnson Living History Program

Colonial National Historical Park: Visitors to Historic Jamestowne listen to Anthony Johnson talk about freedom and enslavement in the 1600s.

Hold on tight!

Hold on tight!

Gauley River National Recreation Area: The river's white water rapids give this kayaker a lift.

Scrubbing a monument

Scrubbing a monument

Saratoga National Historical Park: Volunteers scrub a monument to help preserve it.

Diana returns, National Parks gallery

Diana returns, National Parks gallery

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park: The statue of Diana, restored by National Park Service staff, is returned to its place at the Chatham estate.

West Point Cadets Honor General Grant

West Point Cadets Honor General Grant

General Grant National Memorial (Grant's Tomb): The West Point Honor Guard marks the birthday of Ulysseus S. Grant, who graduated from West Point in 1843.

Learning about immigration

Learning about immigration

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of Statue of Liberty National Monument: A crowd listens to a ranger in the Great Hall, where immigrants once queued on their way to a new life.

Happy Birthday, Minute Man!. Minute Man national historical park

Happy Birthday, Minute Man!. Minute Man national historical park

Minute Man National Historical Park: Superintendent B.J. Dunn cuts a birthday cake with Kathleen Fahey and Robert_Morris. This year the site celebrated 60 years as a national park.

Reckoning with a painful history

Reckoning with a painful history

Hampton National Historic Site: John Gross, whose ancestors were enslaved at Hampton, poses by the carriage that his ancestors used to drive. At 25,000 acres Hampton was one of the largest slave-owning estates ... More

A Revolutionary serenade

A Revolutionary serenade

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area: A man in colonial clothing plays the recorder for an audience of one.

Star-Spangled Stem to Stern

Star-Spangled Stem to Stern

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: This year, Fort McHenry launched its public paddle program. On public paddle days, visitors can begin exploring the cultural and natural treasures of the Star... More

Jazz concert at Grant's Tomb

Jazz concert at Grant's Tomb

General Grant National Memorial (Grant's Tomb): A jazz concert attracts hundreds in Harlem.

National parks: Quilting - public domain image

National parks: Quilting - public domain image

Booker T. Washington National Monument: Quilts are exhibited at the annual Harvest Time event.

Forest Health Monitoring

Forest Health Monitoring

Morristown National Historical Park and Northeast Temperate Network: Measuring the circumference of a tree is one way to monitor forest health.

"Junior" Ranger sworn in

"Junior" Ranger sworn in

Stonewall National Memorial: Visitors of all ages can become junior rangers. One enthusiastic visitor takes the oath.

First time at Fire Island?

First time at Fire Island?

Fire Island National Seashore: On Latino Conservation Day, Superintendent Alexcy Romero asks the crowd to raise their hands if this was their first visit to the park.

Learning American Sign Language

Learning American Sign Language

Sagamore Hill National Historical Park: Sagamore Hill staff participating in a ten-week introduction to American Sign Language presented by the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf on Long Island.

Union soldiers with new recruit

Union soldiers with new recruit

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park: Living history is no mere spectator sport. Park historians use living history units to help illustrate the events that made these places famous. Sometimes... More

Insects and entomologists

Insects and entomologists

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River: The 2018 Upper Delaware BioBlitz included a light that drew in hundreds of night-flying insects, as well as a few entomologists from the Academy of Natural Sciences... More

Shenandoah national park - Shenandoah sunrise

Shenandoah national park - Shenandoah sunrise

Shenandoah National Park: A hiker enjoys a winter sunrise from a rock outcrop at Hazel Mountain Overlook.

Free images of Boston - Boston Pride

Free images of Boston - Boston Pride

National Park Service staff from various parks and programs in the Boston area and beyond marched in Boston's 48th annual Pride Parade to promote #FindYourPark.

Who says national parks are for the birds?

Who says national parks are for the birds?

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: For Young Defenders’ Day during National Park Week, Fort McHenry partnered with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Living Classrooms, and the Chesapeake Bay... More

Old Barracks Fifes and Drums in lower Manhattan

Old Barracks Fifes and Drums in lower Manhattan

Federal Hall National Memorial: The park celebrated 242 years of Independence with George & Martha Washington, Ben Franklin, The Old Barracks Fifes & Drums, and much more. If you didn’t make it this year, start... More

Barred owls preen at Acadia

Barred owls preen at Acadia

Acadia National Park: Barred owl fledglings preen each other near Sieur de Monts in Acadia National Park on July 7, 2018. Acadia provides a wonderful opportunity to view animals in their natural setting. Along ... More

Torch and Lady Liberty's face on the move

Torch and Lady Liberty's face on the move

Statue of Liberty National Monument: The original torch and a full-size original model of Lady Liberty's face are loaded onto a vehicle to be moved to the new Statue of Liberty Museum. One World Trade Center is... More

Something Fishy Summer Camp meets 1850s ladies

Something Fishy Summer Camp meets 1850s ladies

New Bedord Whaling National Historical Park: Something Fishy summer camp participants visit with Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, and learn about life in the 19th century seaport of New Bedford.

The Jolly Boat at Derby Wharf

The Jolly Boat at Derby Wharf

Essex National Heritage Area: The Jolly Boat, “Bob” ferrying visitors out into the Salem Harbor passes Derby Wharf at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The Essex National Heritage Area works closely with ... More

Shrills, Trills, and Musical Skills—A New Generation of Fifers

Shrills, Trills, and Musical Skills—A New Generation of Fifers

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: Throughout the year, Fort McHenry supports a thriving musical education program that engages students throughout Maryland and helps them connect with the park... More

Happy birthday, Theodore Roosevelt!

Happy birthday, Theodore Roosevelt!

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site: "TR" meets children wishing him a happy 159th birthday at his birthplace in lower Manhattan.

A wild ride on a wild river

A wild ride on a wild river

Gauley River National Recreation Area: A rafter prepares for a large drop into a class 5 rapid called Iron Ring on the Upper Gauley.

Fascinate With Rhythm—Fifes and Drums at the Fort

Fascinate With Rhythm—Fifes and Drums at the Fort

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: On Young Defenders’ Day, April 25, 2018, more than 850 Baltimore City students visited different learning stations throughout the park. While in the historic ... More

Rebuilding a porch

Rebuilding a porch

Richmond National Battlefield Park: Maintenance staff Mike Fiasco and Christina Stratman secure the roof framework on the rear porch of the historic Shelton House, a 300-year-old site that stood as silent witne... More

A time to gather stones together

A time to gather stones together

Weir Farm National Historic Site: Students and instructors at Stephen T. Mather Building Arts and Craftsmanship High School in Manhattan rebuilds a stone wall. Learn more about this innovative school: https://w... More

Surfcasting at Fire Island

Surfcasting at Fire Island

Fire Island National Seashore: A young boy learns to surfcast with his family on a sunny summer day. Fire Island National Seashore partners with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to of... More

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Billerica, Mass. , April 7, 2010 -- FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) specialist Elizabeth Rodger helping an applicant through the registration process. Historic March rainfall caused flooding across the Northeast region, centers like this one help local, state, and federal agencies reach out to communities affected by disasters. FEMA/Mike Moore

Flooding ^ Severe Storm - Billerica, Mass. , April 7, 2010 -- FEMA Ind...

The original database describes this as: Title: Billerica, MA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) helping applicants Production Date: 04/07/2010 Caption: Billerica, Mass. , April 7, 2010 -- FEMA Individual Assist... More

Severe Storm - Roslyn, S. D. , July 27, 2011 -- Water and debris cover this road west of Roslyn, S. D. after a severe storm passed through the northeast region of the state.

Severe Storm - Roslyn, S. D. , July 27, 2011 -- Water and debris cover...

The original database describes this as: Title: South Dakota Flooding Production Date: 07/27/2011 Caption: Roslyn, S. D. , July 27, 2011 -- Water and debris cover this road west of Roslyn, S. D. after a seve... More

Inspiring Spire, National Parks gallery

Inspiring Spire, National Parks gallery

Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site: This church was founded by a Swedish community that predates the founding of Pennsylvania.

Fort Monroe at twilight

Fort Monroe at twilight

Fort Monroe National Monument: This national park preserves a diverse history from American Indian presence through the 21st century including the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States. The year ... More

Exterior of Touro Synagogue

Exterior of Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

Surf lifeguards on watch at Cape Cod

Surf lifeguards on watch at Cape Cod

Cape Cod National Seashore: Vigilance, safety and beautiful scenery part of the job for surf lifeguards.

Interior of Touro Synagogue

Interior of Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

Kayaking a wild river

Kayaking a wild river

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River: As part of the Wild and Scenic River System, Upper Delaware attracts paddlers for its scenic beauty, pristine water, and rich recreational opportunities. But rememb... More

Buddies clean up the trail

Buddies clean up the trail

First State National Historical Park: Buddy Bison and Junior Ranger Ambassador Sarah and her sister helped clean the trails and watersheds at the park's annual Fall Stream Stewards Clean Up.

In the pumpkin patch

In the pumpkin patch

Morristown National Historical Park: The Wick House, located in the Jockey Hollow section of the park, stands in the distance near a garden.

A Free Trade and Sailors Rights!

A Free Trade and Sailors Rights!

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: Historic reenactors stand behind a cannon at Fort McHenry.

Fishing vessel at dock

Fishing vessel at dock

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park: Commercial fishing vessel at dock in New Bedford with gulls and the harbor in the background.

Fort Stanwix - Digging archeology

Fort Stanwix - Digging archeology

Fort Stanwix National Monument: Kids dig archeology at Fort Stanwix! A family enjoys a hands-on display about what archeologists do.

View of the New River Gorge in fall

View of the New River Gorge in fall

New River Gorge National River: Early morning view of the New River Gorge from the Canyon Rim Visitor Center.

Dr. King Day at Faneuil Hall

Dr. King Day at Faneuil Hall

Boston National Historical Park: Visitors sing “We Shall Overcome” in Faneuil Hall at the conclusion of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument - Blacksmith and visitor

George Washington Birthplace National Monument - Blacksmith and visito...

George Washington Birthplace National Monument: Visitors of all ages enjoy stepping back in time and learning about traditional crafts such as blacksmithing when they visit the birthplace.

Stars at night

Stars at night

Shenandoah National Park: Saturday events during 2017 Night Sky Festival. Saturday stargazing night event at Rapidan Road.

Holidays at Hampton - Hampton National Historic Site

Holidays at Hampton - Hampton National Historic Site

Hampton National Historic Site: Holiday season and a blanket of snow makes this estate a little more special.

Birthplace of Booker T. Washington

Birthplace of Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington National Monument: This reconstructed kitchen cabin was where Booker T. Washington was born into enslavement.

Luminaries Commemorate the Dead of the Johnstown Flood

Luminaries Commemorate the Dead of the Johnstown Flood

Johnstown Flood National Memorial: Luminaries, one for each victim of the Johnstown Flood, light the evening.

Climbing the cliffs

Climbing the cliffs

New River Gorge National River: An Active Community Captain assists a new climber during a climbing program sponsored by Active Southern West Virginia (SWV) and the NPS. Active SWV, a park partner, is a local c... More

Saint Croix Island at low tide

Saint Croix Island at low tide

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site: Saint Croix Island at low tide.

Look at that stitching

Look at that stitching

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine: A woman in period clothing shows a girl her sewing work.

Marching in Trenton

Marching in Trenton

Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area: Soldiers march in the snow in Trenton, New Jersey.

Now that's coffee!

Now that's coffee!

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area: Moulton metal is poured into a container during the Festival of Combustion.

Monitoring tidal salt marshes

Monitoring tidal salt marshes

Cape Cod National Seashore: Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern Katie Lavallee and Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network Data Manager Dennis Skidds prepare for tidal salt marsh monitoring using a Surface Elevatio... More

Saint Croix Island from the air

Saint Croix Island from the air

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site: Located on the St. Croix River along the United States–Canada border in Calais, Maine, lies in the heart of traditional Passamaquoddy homeland. In 1604, members o... More

Carrie Blast Furnace National Historical Landmark

Carrie Blast Furnace National Historical Landmark

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area: Carrie Blast Furnace National Historical Landmark. Learn more at https://www.riversofsteel.com/.

Workers move original torch of Statue of Liberty

Workers move original torch of Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty National Monument: A crane hoists the original flame portion of Lady Liberty's torch as it is moved to the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island.

Photos by the Falls in Mary Ellen Kramer Park

Photos by the Falls in Mary Ellen Kramer Park

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park: People pose and take selfies by the falls.

2018 August 15 Roving Ranger and Crew:

2018 August 15 Roving Ranger and Crew:

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail: The Chesapeake Roving Ranger, the mobile visitor information center for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, is a partnership program between the National... More

Statue of Liberty national monument - On horseback:

Statue of Liberty national monument - On horseback:

United States Park Police: Children touch the horse of a US Park Police office at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Remembering Independence Day

Remembering Independence Day

Independence National Historical Park: Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod speaks to a crowd in front of Independence Hall on July 4.

Building a Bog Bridge

Building a Bog Bridge

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: On National Public Lands Day, volunteers built a simple bog bridge along a very wet section of the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail to improve visitor access.

Statue of solider with red tailed hawk

Statue of solider with red tailed hawk

Gettysburg National Military Park: A red tailed hawk sits atop the 11th Pennsylvania monument.

Youth refurbish picnic tables

Youth refurbish picnic tables

Shenandoah National Park: Members of the Shenandoah Youth Corps, created in partnership between the park and Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC), work on refurbishing picnic tables for the Appal... More

Scaling a cliff at Acadia

Scaling a cliff at Acadia

Acadia National Park: Adam Dohn of Pretty Marsh, Maine makes his way up a section of Otter Cliffs.

The Falls are Great in every language

The Falls are Great in every language

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park: National Public Lands Day chalk art creations.

Memorial Day Weekend at Hyde Park

Memorial Day Weekend at Hyde Park

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site: Members of the 240th Military Battalion Reenactment Volunteers on May 26, 2018 at the Field of Honor during Memorial Day Weekend. Through living history dis... More

Lowell National Historical Park - Mariachi Dancers at Lowell

Lowell National Historical Park - Mariachi Dancers at Lowell

Lowell National Historical Park: 32nd Annual Lowell Folk Festival, July 2018. The group Mariachi Mexico Antiguo of Wallingford, Connecticut perform at Boardinghouse Park Stage.

Rough Riders on Independence Day

Rough Riders on Independence Day

Sagamore Hill National Historical Park: Rough Riders perform cavalry demonstration at the park's Annual Independence Day Celebration.

Bette Midler as a park ranger

Bette Midler as a park ranger

Salem Maritime National Historic Site: The park celebrates the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade theme "The Magic of Hocus Pocus" with a larger than life puppet of one of the movie's evil witches. Looking not so ... More

Garifuna dancers on Caribbean Day

Garifuna dancers on Caribbean Day

Hamilton Grange National Memorial: Dancers perform dances from Caribbean islands, including the island of Nevis, where Alexander Hamilton was born.

Volunteer portraying Jane, Booker T. Washington's mother, at Juneteenth event 2018

Volunteer portraying Jane, Booker T. Washington's mother, at Juneteent...

Booker T. Washington National Monument: Juneteenth was the date when enslaved people learned of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation in states formerly under control of the Confederate Army after L... More

Sunrise at Gettysburg

Sunrise at Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park: A heavy fog blankets the battlefield. The dome of the Pennsylvania Memorial can be seen in the distance.

New citizens sworn in

New citizens sworn in

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park: Like Alexander Hamilton, founder of the city of Paterson, modern immigrants come to America to seek a better life. These new citizens take the oath of citizenship ... More

Dedication of the Tower of Voices

Dedication of the Tower of Voices

Flight 93 National Memorial: This large sculpture is also a musical instrument, with 40 tones, one for each of the passengers on Flight 93.

Capturing nature on video

Capturing nature on video

Shenandoah National Park: Brett Raeburn, Park Visual Information Specialist, captures video of bucks in rut at Big Meadows during sunset. Camera, Tripod, Big Lens

Inalienable Rights Event

Inalienable Rights Event

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park: While a ranger speaks, a costumed interpreter shows how a historic kitchen was run.

Stoking the furnace - Hopewell furnace

Stoking the furnace - Hopewell furnace

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site: Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant.

Filming Washington in a cornfield

Filming Washington in a cornfield

Valley Forge National Historical Park: George Washington chats with a local farmer during a scene from the park's upcoming new film, to be released in 2020.

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