National Park Service

Bears await salmon in this bear cam screenshot courtesy of Explore.org.

Famed Katmai brown bears ready for season 2

KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) – The famed brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve are ready for their close-ups. Explore.org has again set up live-streaming high-definition webcams from the remote […]

07/15/2013

Gettysburg reenactment (AP Photo)

Second re-enactment of Battle of Gettysburg begins

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A second re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg is set to begin this Fourth of July as the National Park Service wraps up its commemorative programs for the 150th anniversary of […]

07/04/2013

Union soldiers re-enact Civil War camp

‘War’ ends, park service Gettysburg ceremony next

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Sweat soaking their wool uniforms, the Union and Confederate soldiers met near the stone wall to exchange handshakes, pleasantries and even a few jokes. On this warm, sticky Sunday afternoon, both […]

06/30/2013

Confederate soldiers fire on Fort Sumpter, beginning the US Civil War

Re-enactment opens Gettysburg anniversary events

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An opening volley of musket fire ushered in the start of the milestone commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday, 150 years after the Union Army turned away a Confederate […]

06/28/2013

Union soldiers re-enact Civil War camp

Apps mix history with technology at Gettysburg

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — At the 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg, many Civil War re-enactors will eschew the use of modern technology, but scores of tourists will embrace it. More than 5,700 Foursquare […]

06/27/2013

Confederate soldiers fire on Fort Sumpter, beginning the US Civil War

Conservation for big Civil War guns

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – Preservationists are using computer sensors and other high-tech methods to protect massive iron Civil War guns at a fort in South Carolina that fired on Fort Sumter to open the […]

06/16/2013

Washington Monument worker with ropes

From 500 feet, a new view of Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — The towering marble symbol of the nation’s capital is chipped, cracked and closed, though will soon be pieced back together by engineers working delicately across the Washington Monument’s surface. Some gashes in […]

06/07/2013

Scaffolding completed around Washington Monument

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Monument is now covered in scaffolding from top to bottom. The completion of the scaffolding on Monday is a milestone in the $15 million project to repair the monument, which […]

05/15/2013

Joe Frazier (AP Photo)

Joe Frazier’s gym in Philly gets historic status

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia gym where former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier lived and trained has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation officials say they were notified Tuesday of the designation by the National Park Service.

04/30/2013

Climbers stand at summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park (AP Photo)

Bills would expand Yosemite National Park slightly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two members of California’s Congressional delegation have introduced bills that would expand the boundaries of Yosemite National Park for the first time in 70 years.

04/23/2013

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough (AP Photo)

Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution and will furlough U.S. Park Police officers who guard the nation’s monuments.

04/16/2013

Alcatraz Island (AP Photo)

Alcatraz celebrates 50 years since prison closed

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Park Service on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz Island’s closure as a federal penitentiary with an exhibit of newly discovered photos of the prison’s final hours.

03/21/2013

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