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What do all these have in common? Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair. Jurassic dinosaurs. Thomas Edison’s handwritten notes. Frederick Douglass’ library. Prehistoric pottery. George Washington’s inauguration day suit. Civil War uniforms. WWII dog tag from Manzanar Relocation Camp. Everglades tree snails. American Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s first aid kit. Botanical specimens. All are part of the

What do all these have in common? Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair. Jurassic dinosaurs. Thomas Edison’s handwritten notes. Frederick Douglass’ library. Prehistoric pottery. George Washington’s inauguration day suit. Civil War uniforms. WWII dog tag from Manzanar Relocation Camp. Everglades tree snails. American Red Cross founder Clara Barton’s first aid kit. Botanical specimens. All are part of the

Happy Birthday Petrified Forest! On this day in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Petrified Forest as a nati...
12/08/2021

Happy Birthday Petrified Forest! On this day in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Petrified Forest as a national monument.

Renowned naturalist and author John Muir lived in Adamana, west of the Petrified Forest, in 1905 and 1906. He was an early supporter for the preservation of the park’s petrified wood and is often credited as being instrumental in its designation as a National Monument in 1906. The historic photograph below was taken by John Muir's daughter Helen and is part of the Petrified Forest National Park museum collection. #FindYourPark #npscollections

One of the most important collections in the Gates of the Arctic museum is the archeological assemblage from a Paleo-Inu...
12/01/2021

One of the most important collections in the Gates of the Arctic museum is the archeological assemblage from a Paleo-Inuit camp at Lake Matcharak (GAAR-00222). During a routine field survey in 2007, NPS archeologists noted stone artifacts and animal bone fragments eroding out of a shoreline bluff on Lake Matcharak. The collection includes thousands of stone tools and exceptionally well preserved faunal remains archeologically assigned to the Denbigh Flint Complex and left at the site by a small band of people nearly 4000 years ago.

View more samples of the artifacts collected from the Lake Matcharak Paleo-Eskimo site at https://www.nps.gov/gaar/learn/historyculture/gaar-00222-collection-images.htm.

#npscollections #FindYourPark #archeology

Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased the David T. Vernoncollection in 1972 and transferred ownership to Grand Teton Nationa...
11/19/2021

Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased the David T. Vernon
collection in 1972 and transferred ownership to Grand Teton National Park four years later. For more than 40 years, the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum in the park has displayed and housed a large part of the collection.

Explore the spectacular American Indian craftwork of the David
T. Vernon Collection at https://artsandculture.google.com/story/jwXRkeu19rCqLg. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #npscollections #findyourpark

Thank you to the brave men and women who have fought for our country throughout history! #VeteransDay
11/12/2021

Thank you to the brave men and women who have fought for our country throughout history! #VeteransDay

Today, we commemorate and honor the service of American Veterans. Many parks with direct connections to the U.S. Military and veterans include battlefields that recall their bravery, landscapes that served as training grounds, monuments that supplied inspiration, and natural areas that have provided rest and recreation. Generations of veterans have enjoyed visiting national parks for physical and mental relaxation. The National Park Service encourages members of the military, past and present, to continue this tradition. Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/veterans-day.htm

#VeteransDay 🇺🇸

November is National Native American Heritage Month!Nez Perce traditionally fashioned decorated bags and clothing, and m...
11/02/2021

November is National Native American Heritage Month!

Nez Perce traditionally fashioned decorated bags and clothing, and made jewelry from elks teeth, porcupine quills, bone disc beads and bone tubes. Long before the arrival of European traders, the Nez Perce traded for material from as far away as British Columbia, California and the Mississippi Valley.

The first glass beads to reach the Nez Perce came through the trade network which connected Plateau people with their surrounding neighbors. Faceted beads from Russia and China, and Italian round “pony” beads, large “bauble” beads, and many others were added to existing designs for ear rings, necklaces, bracelets and as elements from clothing, and personal objects such as flutes and quirts.

Today, bead workers stretch the limits of their medium with creative and modern works, while drawing on the legacy and inspiration of their predecessors.

Explore more beadwork in the Nez Perce National Historical Park online museum exhibit at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/nepe/beadwork.html.

#IndigenousHeritageMonth #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #findyourpark

Happy Bat Week! Bats are found in nearly every terrestrial habitat in the world, except for the Antarctic. Most species ...
10/26/2021

Happy Bat Week!

Bats are found in nearly every terrestrial habitat in the world, except for the Antarctic. Most species of bats are only active at night, and sleep in caves, trees, buildings, and other roosts during the day. Some roosts, such as Bracken Cave in Texas, have over a million bats! Learn more about bats at https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/nature/bats.htm. #BatWeek

Photos from Salem Maritime National Historic Site's post
10/19/2021

Photos from Salem Maritime National Historic Site's post

“The thoroughly American branch of painting… is the landscape. It surpasses all others in popular favor, and may be said...
10/06/2021
National Park Service Treasured Landscapes: Art Collections Tell America's Stories

“The thoroughly American branch of painting… is the landscape. It surpasses all others in popular favor, and may be said to have reached the dignity of a distinct school.” James Jackson Jarves, 1864

In the late 19th century, the famed Hudson River School painters captured majestic views of western landscapes, sharing them with the world. Their works generated support for the establishment of national parks. The National Park System preserves the subjects of these great works as well as vast collections of paintings and the homes of beloved artists such as J. Alden Weir.

Explore more landscape paintings by artists associated with the Hudson River School at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/landscape_art/hudson_river_school.html. #ArtsinParks

“The thoroughly American branch of painting… is the landscape. It surpasses all others in popular favor, and may be said to have reached the dignity of a distinct school.” James Jackson Jarves, 1864 Landscape paintings by artists associated with the Hudson River School are particularly signifi...

Happy 100th to Ranger Betty Reid Soskin!
09/22/2021

Happy 100th to Ranger Betty Reid Soskin!

Happy 100th to Ranger Betty Reid Soskin!

Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service. Over the past decade and a half, Ranger Betty has shared her experiences as well as the efforts and sacrifices of women from diverse backgrounds living and working on the WWII home front at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Learn more about Betty’s inspiring work at: https://www.nps.gov/rori/learn/historyculture/betty-reid-soskin.htm

To mark this occasion, share your birthday messages, photos, or experiences attending one of her programs.

Want a virtual #RangerBetty100 stamp? Visit the Passport To Your National Parks website at http://ow.ly/LB3a50G2vPN

#FindYourInnerBetty #BeLikeBetty

Image: Betty Reid Soskin in front of park visitor center. NPS

Francis Edgar Ulmer served in the U.S. Army from 1911 through the 1920s, and had deep ties to Vancouver Barracks. While ...
09/21/2021

Francis Edgar Ulmer served in the U.S. Army from 1911 through the 1920s, and had deep ties to Vancouver Barracks. While many of us have trunks holding collections of family heirlooms stored away or on display in our homes, the descendants of Francis Edgar Ulmer donated his trunk and collection of photographs, letters, and souvenirs to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site museum collection. These artifacts help tell Francis Ulmer's story.

Explore a selection of these artifacts at https://www.nps.gov/articles/ulmercollection.htm. #npscollections #findyourpark

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates his...
09/15/2021
National Park Service Hispanic Heritage Sites - Google Arts & Culture

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates history, heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans past & present.

There are over 50 National Park Service sites that have Hispanic connections. The National Park Service Hispanic Heritage Sites exhibit, on the Google Arts and Culture website, highlights 20 of these sites. #findyourpark #HispanicHeritageMonth

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/rQURSJX5J_sMBg.

There are over 50 National Park Service sites that have Hispanic connections. Explore 20 of these sites in this exhibit.

Sam Vinikoff, an English-born artist, moved to Miami with his wife and two daughters in 1957. There, he opened a tailor ...
09/10/2021

Sam Vinikoff, an English-born artist, moved to Miami with his wife and two daughters in 1957. There, he opened a tailor shop and painted in his spare time. Vinikoff captured the wild beauty of the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp on canvas for over 30 years and became known as "The Everglades Artist."

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/bicy/learn/historyculture/sam-vinikoff.htm. #npscollections #FindYourPark

Happy 105th Birthday, National Park Service!
08/25/2021

Happy 105th Birthday, National Park Service!

The National Park Service was officially established on August 25, 1916!

For 105 years, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with millions of visitors every year.

Today, National parks across the country will be hosting in-park programs and virtual experiences. Entrance fees are also waived for everyone to come out to enjoy their national parks! Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/nps-birthday.htm

The Columbian Orator is a “how to” manual for public speaking. This guidebook formally introduced Frederick Douglass to ...
08/23/2021

The Columbian Orator is a “how to” manual for public speaking. This guidebook formally introduced Frederick Douglass to oratory through its composed speeches, dialogues, playlets, and poems. He purchased this primer for 50 cents when he was an enslaved boy coming of age in Baltimore, Maryland. Douglass spent hours walking the Baltimore streets studying and repeating its contents to devise his own style of speechmaking. This manuscript also made him even more conscious of his own personal liberty. Douglass carried this handbook with him when he escaped from slavery in 1838.

He continued to use this text as a moral compass to craft rational arguments against slavery to sound his support for others like him that were disadvantaged and disenfranchised. Douglass matured into an outstanding “universal reformer.” Throughout his life, he aligned himself with men and women of all races to advocate for many progressive reform movements, including the abolition of slavery, racism, sexism, and capital punishment during much of the 1800s. Douglass's words and ideas remain sources of inspiration for millions of people around the world today. #MuseumMonday #npscollections #findyourpark

Learn more about Frederick Douglass at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/frdo/index.html.

Prior to moving into his Gettysburg home, President Eisenhower wasn’t familiar with rotary phones.  In the White House, ...
08/21/2021

Prior to moving into his Gettysburg home, President Eisenhower wasn’t familiar with rotary phones. In the White House, his phones were dial-less. He need only lift the receiver and he was immediately connected to his personal switchboard operator. The President’s very first attempt at using a rotary phone was witnessed by a Secret Service agent. Upon lifting the receiver and being confronted with a dial tone, the President began to repeatedly press the dial tone button. When that achieved no results, he hung up and began turning the dial as though the phone were a safe. He finally gave up and turned to the agent for assistance. The agent recalled that the President spent the next hour happily calling all his friends, enjoying the phone as though he were playing with a brand new toy. #npscollections

Rotary Telephone (gold)
c 1955
By Western Electric, USA
Gold phones were not made so this one was custom-painted, likely done by request of Elizabeth Draper, Inc. so phone would match the color scheme of the house.
Plastic, metal. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 9197.

Rotary Telephone (green)
c 1955
By Bell Telephone Company, USA
Plastic. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 2728.

Telephone (red)
c 1955
Bell Telephone Company, USA
Plastic. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 3421.

Prior to moving into his Gettysburg home, President Eisenhower wasn’t familiar with rotary phones. In the White House, his phones were dial-less. He need only lift the receiver and he was immediately connected to his personal switchboard operator. The President’s very first attempt at using a rotary phone was witnessed by a Secret Service agent. Upon lifting the receiver and being confronted with a dial tone, the President began to repeatedly press the dial tone button. When that achieved no results, he hung up and began turning the dial as though the phone were a safe. He finally gave up and turned to the agent for assistance. The agent recalled that the President spent the next hour happily calling all his friends, enjoying the phone as though he were playing with a brand new toy. #npscollections

Rotary Telephone (gold)
c 1955
By Western Electric, USA
Gold phones were not made so this one was custom-painted, likely done by request of Elizabeth Draper, Inc. so phone would match the color scheme of the house.
Plastic, metal. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 9197.

Rotary Telephone (green)
c 1955
By Bell Telephone Company, USA
Plastic. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 2728.

Telephone (red)
c 1955
Bell Telephone Company, USA
Plastic. L 23.1, W 13.9, H 14.5 cm
Eisenhower National Historic Site, EISE 3421.

Utagawa Hiroshige and Tsukioka Yosh*toshi were two of the last masters of the Japanese art ukiyo-e. Through woodblock pr...
08/10/2021
Hiroshige & Yosh*toshi: Two Masters of Ukiyo-e - Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service - Google Arts & Culture

Utagawa Hiroshige and Tsukioka Yosh*toshi were two of the last masters of the Japanese art ukiyo-e. Through woodblock printed ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” artists depicted the contemporary urban lifestyle which was centered around ephemeral experiences emphasizing wit, extravagance, and hedonism. Influenced by traditional Chinese art and professional training schools during the Tokugawa era (1603-1868), early ukiyo-e artists portrayed beautiful women, kabuki actors, courtiers, and flora and fauna. Later artists, appealing to the tastes of a growing and prosperous middle class, expanded the genre to include non-traditional subjects like history, folk tales, and famous landscapes.

The "Hiroshige & Yosh*toshi: Two Masters of Ukiyo-e" online exhibit includes a selection of Hiroshige and Yosh*toshi's prints from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park museum collection.

#npscollections #findyourpark

Utagawa Hiroshige and Tsukioka Yosh*toshi were two of the last masters of the Japanese art ukiyo-e. Through woodblock printed ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the ...

This ivory carving of a walrus with a detachable extra head may have been used as a paper weight, with the hole used as ...
07/29/2021

This ivory carving of a walrus with a detachable extra head may have been used as a paper weight, with the hole used as a pen holder, or it might have been a desktop flag stand. This object demonstrates how traditional crafts in Alaska were adopted to the tourist trade in the 20th Century. Alaskan natives frequently honor the creatures they depend on for subsistence in their ivory carvings, which decorate their personal belongings as well as being beautiful, whimsical, and useful objects for sale or for gifts. #npscollections #findyourpark

Carving (Alaskan Eskimo)
ca. 1920
Unknown maker
L 10.4, W 4.9, H 4.84 cm, with extra head in place. Ivory, copper wire, fire black
Alaska Regional Curatorial Center, ARCC 298

This ivory carving of a walrus with a detachable extra head may have been used as a paper weight, with the hole used as a pen holder, or it might have been a desktop flag stand. This object demonstrates how traditional crafts in Alaska were adopted to the tourist trade in the 20th Century. Alaskan natives frequently honor the creatures they depend on for subsistence in their ivory carvings, which decorate their personal belongings as well as being beautiful, whimsical, and useful objects for sale or for gifts. #npscollections #findyourpark

Carving (Alaskan Eskimo)
ca. 1920
Unknown maker
L 10.4, W 4.9, H 4.84 cm, with extra head in place. Ivory, copper wire, fire black
Alaska Regional Curatorial Center, ARCC 298

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." - George Wa...
07/14/2021

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." - George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver National Monument is located in Newton County in southwest Missouri and is composed of the tract of land that was the 240-acre farm of Moses Carver. The farm was the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, the distinguished African American scientist and educator who become known for his work at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Explore more about George Washington Carver at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/gwcarver/index.html. #npscollections #findyourpark

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Happy Birthday Petrified Forest! On this day in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Petrified Forest as a national monument. Renowned naturalist and author John Muir lived in Adamana, west of the Petrified Forest, in 1905 and 1906. He was an early supporter for the preservation of the park’s petrified wood and is often credited as being instrumental in its designation as a National Monument in 1906. The historic photograph below was taken by John Muir's daughter Helen and is part of the Petrified Forest National Park museum collection. #FindYourPark #npscollections
One of the most important collections in the Gates of the Arctic museum is the archeological assemblage from a Paleo-Inuit camp at Lake Matcharak (GAAR-00222). During a routine field survey in 2007, NPS archeologists noted stone artifacts and animal bone fragments eroding out of a shoreline bluff on Lake Matcharak. The collection includes thousands of stone tools and exceptionally well preserved faunal remains archeologically assigned to the Denbigh Flint Complex and left at the site by a small band of people nearly 4000 years ago. View more samples of the artifacts collected from the Lake Matcharak Paleo-Eskimo site at https://www.nps.gov/gaar/learn/historyculture/gaar-00222-collection-images.htm. #npscollections #FindYourPark #archeology
Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased the David T. Vernon collection in 1972 and transferred ownership to Grand Teton National Park four years later. For more than 40 years, the Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum in the park has displayed and housed a large part of the collection. Explore the spectacular American Indian craftwork of the David T. Vernon Collection at https://artsandculture.google.com/story/jwXRkeu19rCqLg. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #npscollections #findyourpark
Thank you to the brave men and women who have fought for our country throughout history! #VeteransDay
November is National Native American Heritage Month! Nez Perce traditionally fashioned decorated bags and clothing, and made jewelry from elks teeth, porcupine quills, bone disc beads and bone tubes. Long before the arrival of European traders, the Nez Perce traded for material from as far away as British Columbia, California and the Mississippi Valley. The first glass beads to reach the Nez Perce came through the trade network which connected Plateau people with their surrounding neighbors. Faceted beads from Russia and China, and Italian round “pony” beads, large “bauble” beads, and many others were added to existing designs for ear rings, necklaces, bracelets and as elements from clothing, and personal objects such as flutes and quirts. Today, bead workers stretch the limits of their medium with creative and modern works, while drawing on the legacy and inspiration of their predecessors. Explore more beadwork in the Nez Perce National Historical Park online museum exhibit at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/nepe/beadwork.html. #IndigenousHeritageMonth #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #findyourpark
Happy Bat Week! Bats are found in nearly every terrestrial habitat in the world, except for the Antarctic. Most species of bats are only active at night, and sleep in caves, trees, buildings, and other roosts during the day. Some roosts, such as Bracken Cave in Texas, have over a million bats! Learn more about bats at https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/nature/bats.htm. #BatWeek
“The thoroughly American branch of painting… is the landscape. It surpasses all others in popular favor, and may be said to have reached the dignity of a distinct school.” James Jackson Jarves, 1864 In the late 19th century, the famed Hudson River School painters captured majestic views of western landscapes, sharing them with the world. Their works generated support for the establishment of national parks. The National Park System preserves the subjects of these great works as well as vast collections of paintings and the homes of beloved artists such as J. Alden Weir. Explore more landscape paintings by artists associated with the Hudson River School at https://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/landscape_art/hudson_river_school.html. #ArtsinParks
Happy 100th to Ranger Betty Reid Soskin!
Francis Edgar Ulmer served in the U.S. Army from 1911 through the 1920s, and had deep ties to Vancouver Barracks. While many of us have trunks holding collections of family heirlooms stored away or on display in our homes, the descendants of Francis Edgar Ulmer donated his trunk and collection of photographs, letters, and souvenirs to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site museum collection. These artifacts help tell Francis Ulmer's story. Explore a selection of these artifacts at https://www.nps.gov/articles/ulmercollection.htm. #npscollections #findyourpark
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates history, heritage and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans past & present. There are over 50 National Park Service sites that have Hispanic connections. The National Park Service Hispanic Heritage Sites exhibit, on the Google Arts and Culture website, highlights 20 of these sites. #findyourpark #HispanicHeritageMonth https://artsandculture.google.com/story/rQURSJX5J_sMBg.
Sam Vinikoff, an English-born artist, moved to Miami with his wife and two daughters in 1957. There, he opened a tailor shop and painted in his spare time. Vinikoff captured the wild beauty of the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp on canvas for over 30 years and became known as "The Everglades Artist." Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/bicy/learn/historyculture/sam-vinikoff.htm. #npscollections #FindYourPark