Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site In 1881, Tuskegee State Normal School held its first classes. The site shares the history of the school and the people who worked and lived here.
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Tuskegee Institute NHS preserves and tells the history of what is now Tuskegee University. This includes the lives of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. The George Washington Carver museum and the "Oaks" the home of Booker T. Washington are part of the site.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Tuskegee Institute in 1941 was a significant event, symbolizing federal recog...
05/03/2024

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's visit to Tuskegee Institute in 1941 was a significant event, symbolizing federal recognition and support for the institution's unique role in African American education and military training.

His visit was largely influenced by Eleanor Roosevelt's advocacy for civil rights and her interest in the institute's aviation training program. During his trip, President Roosevelt aimed to publicly demonstrate his administration’s commitment to supporting Black educational institutions and to promoting racial equality, albeit within the political constraints of his time.

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(Image Credit: Alabama Department of Archives & History)

We're excited to announce that starting next week,on May 6, 2024, The Oaks, Home of Booker T. Washington, will be open t...
05/03/2024

We're excited to announce that starting next week,on May 6, 2024, The Oaks, Home of Booker T. Washington, will be open to the public. To ensure the preservation of this historic home and to provide visitors with an exceptional experience, tours of The Oaks will be available exclusively by reservation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tour times will be at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Each ranger-led tour of "The Oaks" will be limited to a maximum of 15 adult visitors and 10 youth visitors, allowing for a maximum of 25 visitors per tour.

Read the full news release here:

Tuskegee, AL- Starting May 6, the National Park Service (NPS) will initiate a limited capacity reopening of The Oaks, the home of Booker T. Washington. The Oaks, constructed in the Queen Anne Elizabeth style, holds significant historical value as the residence of Booker T. Washington and his family....

Respect and protect: As you explore our different sites, please remember to observe any wildlife from a safe distance. Y...
05/02/2024

Respect and protect: As you explore our different sites, please remember to observe any wildlife from a safe distance. Your courtesy ensures that these magnificent creatures can thrive in their natural habitats.

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Wildlife Watch Reminders:
Give animals room.
Do not disturb.
Keep your eyes on the road.
Store food and stash trash.
See something, say something.
Be responsible.

Unearth the brilliance of George Washington Carver, a botanical genius and transformative force at Tuskegee Institute! 🌱...
04/30/2024

Unearth the brilliance of George Washington Carver, a botanical genius and transformative force at Tuskegee Institute! 🌱

Born into slavery, Carver's journey epitomizes resilience and intellectual prowess. Join us in celebrating Carver's contributions to Tuskegee University, where his pioneering work in agriculture and botany revolutionized education.

Alt text: Bronze statue of George Washington Carver

Discover the diversity of the National Park System! Each site offers its own rich history and natural wonders to explore...
04/26/2024

Discover the diversity of the National Park System! Each site offers its own rich history and natural wonders to explore. Visit us today!

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The second image overlays the following copy on an image of a river: "The National Park System encompasses 429 sites, with just 63 carrying the specific "National Park" designation in their names. The remaining sites are classified under various categories within the National Park System, including National Historic Sites, National Monuments, National Seashores, National Recreation Areas, and more!"

George Washington Carver's impact went beyond the laboratory; he dedicated himself to students, nurturing their curiosit...
04/24/2024

George Washington Carver's impact went beyond the laboratory; he dedicated himself to students, nurturing their curiosity and fostering a spirit of innovation. Through his teachings and guidance, Carver not only advanced agricultural science but also inspired generations of students to reach new heights. Tuskegee's legacy is forever intertwined with Carver's genius.

Alt text: Black and white photo of George Washington Carver with agriculture students in experimentation fields at Tuskegee Institute

Celebrate Earth Day in our parks! 🌎 From majestic national parks to local green spaces, join the National Park Service i...
04/22/2024

Celebrate Earth Day in our parks! 🌎

From majestic national parks to local green spaces, join the National Park Service in honoring our planet's natural wonders. Kick off National Park Week with us and share your Earth Day adventures using and . Let's inspire stewardship and appreciation for our Earth together: https://bit.ly/3nb7II0

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Protecting Our Past, Preserving Our Future. Join us in celebrating Earth Day with the National Park Service."

Celebrate the season of nature with springtime adventures at our National Parks. From warmer temperatures to new life em...
04/17/2024

Celebrate the season of nature with springtime adventures at our National Parks. From warmer temperatures to new life emerging, experience the great outdoors and timeless traditions passed down through generations. Join us and our partners for unforgettable spring experiences!

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Born into slavery in 1856, Booker T. Washington's journey is one of resilience and determination. As the founder of Tusk...
04/15/2024

Born into slavery in 1856, Booker T. Washington's journey is one of resilience and determination. As the founder of Tuskegee Institute in 1881, he dedicated his life to providing education and practical skills to African Americans.

Washington's contributions to Tuskegee Institute are immeasurable. His philosophy emphasized self-sufficiency, hard work, and education as the key to racial upliftment. Under his guidance, Tuskegee became a center of excellence, offering innovative programs in agriculture, industry, and education.

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April 11, 1968: A pivotal moment etched in history as President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The C...
04/11/2024

April 11, 1968: A pivotal moment etched in history as President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act, was a landmark piece of legislation aimed at addressing housing discrimination and promoting equal housing opportunities for all Americans.

Today, we honor the strides towards equality and justice, recognizing the importance of this milestone

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Step back in time at Tuskegee National Historic Site and witness the transformative impact of education on wheels! Explo...
04/09/2024

Step back in time at Tuskegee National Historic Site and witness the transformative impact of education on wheels!

Explore exhibits like the 'Movable School,' a visionary concept by Booker T. Washington and crafted by students under the guidance of George Washington Carver. Named after Morris K. Jesup, a generous benefactor, the Jesup Agricultural Wagon initially rolled into rural communities, breaking barriers by taking education directly to the people.

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It's trivia time! 🧠 Which state has the most national parks? Swipe to test your knowledge. Let us know in the comments i...
04/05/2024

It's trivia time! 🧠

Which state has the most national parks? Swipe to test your knowledge. Let us know in the comments if you guessed the correct answer! ⭐

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Discover the legacy of education and empowerment at Tuskegee Institute! 📚Founded in 1881, this historic institution has ...
04/04/2024

Discover the legacy of education and empowerment at Tuskegee Institute! 📚

Founded in 1881, this historic institution has been a vessel of knowledge, offering a diverse range of classes to passionate students. From vocational training to a thriving university, students built the foundation for Tuskegee's evolution.

Alt text: A black and white photo of a history class at the Tuskegee Institute in 1902

(Image Credit: Library of Congress)

Dive into the rich tapestry of National Poetry Month, where we pay homage to the profound voices that have etched themse...
04/01/2024

Dive into the rich tapestry of National Poetry Month, where we pay homage to the profound voices that have etched themselves into history.

Join us in celebrating the brilliance of poets like Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, Langston Hughes, and Richard Wright – their words transcend time, inspiring us to reflect, learn, and appreciate the diverse stories that weave our collective narrative.

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Marvel at the timeless architecture of Tuskegee Institute, a testament to the enduring spirit of education and empowerme...
03/31/2024

Marvel at the timeless architecture of Tuskegee Institute, a testament to the enduring spirit of education and empowerment. From historic buildings that echo the institution's founding principles to modern structures reflecting its ongoing commitment to excellence, the campus stands as a living chronicle of progress. Immerse yourself in the blend of tradition and innovation, where every brick tells a story of resilience, education, and the pursuit of a brighter future.

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03/29/2024

Step into history this spring at Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site – where vibrant blooms and inspiring stories converge. Explore the legacy of excellence and resilience as the campus comes to life, offering a refreshing journey through time beneath the warm embrace of spring blossoms.

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The Tuskegee Institute is a historically black university located in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. The university was founded ...
03/27/2024

The Tuskegee Institute is a historically black university located in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. The university was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 with the primary aim of providing education to African Americans in the post-Civil War era. Washington, a prominent African American educator and leader, envisioned Tuskegee Institute as a place where black students could receive practical and vocational training, preparing them for self-sufficiency and economic independence.

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Embrace the wonders of our National Parks through exploration, education, and a shared commitment to safeguarding these ...
03/25/2024

Embrace the wonders of our National Parks through exploration, education, and a shared commitment to safeguarding these historical sites for generations to come.

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Step into history at the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, born into slavery on this 207-acre to***co farm on April 5,...
03/22/2024

Step into history at the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, born into slavery on this 207-acre to***co farm on April 5, 1856. As the first principal of Tuskegee Institute in 1881, Washington emerged as a pivotal leader during a challenging era of escalating racism. Experience the restoration of this site to its mid-19th-century appearance, where reconstructions like the kitchen cabin, smokehouse, and more stand as testaments to Washington's enduring legacy.

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It's time for some   trivia! Swipe to test your knowledge and learn a bit more about the establishment of National Park ...
03/20/2024

It's time for some trivia! Swipe to test your knowledge and learn a bit more about the establishment of National Park Service. Did you know the answer?

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The second slide features a brown background with a collage of NPS historical images. The text states: "On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson authorized the establishment of the National Park Service. Its mission: safeguarding the 35 existing national parks and monuments under the department's care, as well as any future additions."

Embracing the beauty of nature, reliving powerful historical moments, and creating lasting memories with loved ones—our ...
03/14/2024

Embracing the beauty of nature, reliving powerful historical moments, and creating lasting memories with loved ones—our national parks hold the keys to incredible stories. Let's celebrate these connections!

Join the conversation using and share your favorite memories with .

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Explore George Washington Carver's profound impact as a teacher and innovator at Tuskegee Institute. Carver was a vision...
03/12/2024

Explore George Washington Carver's profound impact as a teacher and innovator at Tuskegee Institute. Carver was a visionary educator who, as a faculty member, cultivated minds and transformed agriculture through groundbreaking research. Carver's legacy at Tuskegee echoes with the spirit of empowerment, education, and progress, showcasing his pivotal role in shaping the future of both individuals and industries.

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Step into history at the Tuskegee Institute's history classroom – a dynamic space where knowledge comes to life. Immerse...
03/07/2024

Step into history at the Tuskegee Institute's history classroom – a dynamic space where knowledge comes to life. Immerse yourself in curriculum-based education programs, explore exhibits highlighting George Washington Carver's dedication to education, and delve into pivotal topics like slavery and civil rights. Uncover the legacy of Tuskegee Institute, where the past inspires a quest for learning and understanding.

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Unleash the adventurer in your young ones with our Junior Ranger Program!  Dive into the wonders of history through exci...
03/05/2024

Unleash the adventurer in your young ones with our Junior Ranger Program!

Dive into the wonders of history through exciting online activities, like constructing your own Washington Monument.

Join the fun, ignite curiosity, and foster a love for our national treasures: https://bit.ly/3SxqKYT

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Unveiling the untold stories, celebrating the indomitable spirit. This Women's History Month, explore the narratives of ...
03/04/2024

Unveiling the untold stories, celebrating the indomitable spirit. This Women's History Month, explore the narratives of resilience, courage, and brilliance that have shaped our nation's heritage. Join us in honoring the remarkable women who defied expectations, leaving an indelible mark on history.

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Celebrating the heartbeat of our   family on Employee Appreciation Day! To the dedicated individuals who preserve, prote...
03/01/2024

Celebrating the heartbeat of our family on Employee Appreciation Day! To the dedicated individuals who preserve, protect, and inspire, your passion and commitment shape the essence of our parks. Thank you for unwavering dedication.

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Step into history and explore the soulful elegance of 'The Oaks' – Home of Booker T. Washington. Wander through the hall...
02/29/2024

Step into history and explore the soulful elegance of 'The Oaks' – Home of Booker T. Washington.

Wander through the halls where the visionary leader shaped a legacy of education and empowerment. Immerse yourself in the stories etched into the walls, and discover the profound impact of Washington's life and work.

Alt text: Image of Booker T. Washington's home, The Oaks

The Oaks is 125 years old!Ground was broken on The Oaks 125 years ago this year. It was home to Booker T. Washington and...
02/27/2024

The Oaks is 125 years old!

Ground was broken on The Oaks 125 years ago this year. It was home to Booker T. Washington and his family. The Queen Anne-style home was designed by Robert Taylor, the first African-American graduate of MIT and head of the Tuskegee Institute architecture department. Nearly 500,000 bricks used in building the home were made by students on the Tuskegee campus. Students also laid the bricks, did the carpentry inside the home, plastered the walls, and laid the floors. The Oaks was the first residence in Macon County to have electricity. Booker T. Washington, his third wife Margaret, and his three children, Booker Jr., Ernest, and Portia, moved into the home in 1900.

Booker T. Washington lived in The Oaks until his death in 1915. His wife Margaret continued living there until her death in 1925. The Oaks became part of the National Park Service when Tuskegee Institute NHS was established in 1974.

Alt text: Black and white image of The Oaks, a Queen Anne Victorian-style house.

(Photo Courtesy of The Library of Congress)

Swipe to explore America's heartbeat with the National Park Service!Our parks are living history books, each page alive ...
02/23/2024

Swipe to explore America's heartbeat with the National Park Service!

Our parks are living history books, each page alive with stories. After all, history isn't just where we've been; it's who we are!

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Embark on a journey through history at the George Washington Carver Museum, where the echoes of civil rights and empower...
02/22/2024

Embark on a journey through history at the George Washington Carver Museum, where the echoes of civil rights and empowerment resonate.

Explore the profound impact of George Washington Carver, not only as a pioneering scientist but also as a trailblazer for civil rights and education. Carver's unwavering commitment to equality and empowerment paved the way for progress, making the museum a testament to his enduring legacy.

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01/10/2024
01/09/2024
Nobody:Your parents describing walking to school in winter:It was five miles in deep snow with limited wi-fi! Hiking in ...
01/09/2024

Nobody:
Your parents describing walking to school in winter:

It was five miles in deep snow with limited wi-fi! Hiking in winter can be a beautiful thing. If you like hiking in winter. It's not for everyone and that's okay. But there's nothing like being out on a trail as a hush falls while snow blankets the landscape.

But remember, when you head outdoors you leave behind the established comforts of home: food and water; shelter from the sun, wind, and cold; and easy access to emergency services. Before heading to your favorite national park in snowy weather, keep these “parents walking to school tips” in mind.

🎿 Snowshoes and traction devices are recommended on ice and snow. In winter, some trails are not always marked or maintained. Route-finding skills are important. Don’t rely on others' tracks which can lead you astray. Think of it as peer pressure with feet.

❄️ Know your route. Snow-covered landscapes look very different than in summer. (Because they're covered in snow.) Snow can be deep once you are off trail. We're not talking philosophical snow here, but the kind that will be up your jacket and down your pants faster than you can say, "darn it." (Or other things.) Fun.

🧊 Keep off the ice. Sticking to rivers and lakes may be safer than chasing waterfalls, but they too can have thin ice and be dangerous to maneuver on and around. Always be willing to turn around. Remember, weather and trail conditions can change quickly as snow falls and melts or ice forms.

🦬 Watch for wildlife. Always keep your distance and practice safe wildlife viewing practices. Also, bison have never heard of turn signals. Figures. Only pass when it's safe.

Image: A line of bison push snow around to make a path, and then play 'follow the leader' to conserve energy at Yellowstone National Park. NPS/Jim Peaco

01/08/2024

Join the National Park Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Participate in a day of service on January 15 from 10 am-2 pm, and help us with trail maintenance on Capers Creek Trail at Darrah Hall. Gloves and tools provided. Please bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. Learn more on our website: https://www.nps.gov/reer/getinvolved/volunteer.htm


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The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest…What does the fox say? Five more minutes, please. With its ...
01/08/2024

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest…

What does the fox say? Five more minutes, please. With its exceptional hearing, the red fox can detect a small animal scurrying up to three feet under the snow. (Also, Bill's remark about having to email you again for those progress reports. You'll get them when you get them, Bill.) They will dive into the snow in an attempt to surprise their prey. (Diving will not help send those emails any faster.) Do they always catch something? Nope. Do they get up and try again? Yes! Especially if someone's watching.

Learn more about red foxes at: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/red-fox.htm

Image: A fox with feet in the air after diving head-first into the snow at Yellowstone National Park.

01/07/2024

Although this color is not commonly seen for cacti in Mojave National Preserve, this purple cholla is a beauty. Can anyone guess what species it is? To learn more about the plants in the preserve, please visit: https://go.nps.gov/mojave/plants

NPS Photo/ Sierra Willoughby

01/07/2024

New year, new trails!

If your New Year's resolution is to by hiking more in 2024, then you're in luck! Chamizal National Memorial features paved trails that lead you through 55 acres of gently rolling landscape. Whether you wish to get more steps in or to just spend more time outside to clear your mind, the park is a great option for reaching some wellness goals. Just be sure to plan ahead and check the park website for winter hours of operation.

Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate layers. Bring water to stay hydrated. Be mindful of fellow visitors on the trail and watch for people riding bikes and walking dogs on leash.

An outdoor comfort station is available on park grounds and bathrooms inside the Cultural Center are available during daytime hours of operation.

See you on the trails!

01/06/2024
Me: “I’m an expert at identifying birds.”Friend: “OK, what about those birds flying over there?” Me: “Yep, they're all b...
01/05/2024

Me: “I’m an expert at identifying birds.”
Friend: “OK, what about those birds flying over there?”
Me: “Yep, they're all birds.

Not wrong. Birds are everywhere. They soar overhead, flit through branches, walk on the ground, and swim in the water. From the tiny calliope hummingbird to the gigantic California condor, a great diversity of birds finds a home in the national parks. Even more species pass through during migration. Casual observers and hardcore birders alike can experience the joy of birds and birding in a national park.

If you're curious about nature and want to learn more about what's around you, birding is a great skill and a fun hobby. Birding can be a gateway into recognizing and appreciating a wider world that was there all along.

What's that bird, again? Find out about birding opportunities in parks at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/birds/visit.htm

Image: A Female Northern cardinal with greenish feathers perched in the snow at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.

Dry January? Did you know Death Valley is the driest place in North America, with some areas receiving less than two inc...
01/05/2024

Dry January?

Did you know Death Valley is the driest place in North America, with some areas receiving less than two inches of rain per year? Not thirsty at all. Why so dry? Rain shadows. Storms moving inland from the Pacific Ocean must pass over mountain ranges to continue east. As the clouds rise up they cool and the moisture condenses to fall as rain or snow on the western side of the ranges. By the time the clouds reach the mountains' east side they no longer have as much available moisture, creating a dry "rainshadow". Four major mountain ranges lie between Death Valley and the ocean, each one adding to an increasingly drier rainshadow effect.

Learn more about the weather conditions throughout the year at Death Valley at: https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/weather-and-climate.htm

Image: Cracked salt at Badwater Basin’s salt flats at Death Valley National Park.

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