National Park Service

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

Anacapa Island

Feds declare victory against Calif. island rats

ANACAPA ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve won the war against rats on a Southern California island preserve. The National Park Service has proclaimed Anacapa Island thriving, a decade after a controversial rat-extermination effort.

03/08/2013

Cherry tree blossoms frame Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC. (AP Photo)

Peak bloom dates announced for DC cherry trees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s famous cherry tree blooms are expected to be at their best between March 26 and March 30. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.

03/04/2013

Episcopal priest chosen for inaugural benediction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

01/16/2013

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

Half Dome cables will remain, hikers still limited

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome is one of the national park system’s most iconic hikes in the nationwide system, but officials plan to permanently limit how many can do it.

01/05/2013

Statue of Liberty light to shine again at dusk

  NEW YORK (AP) – The National Park Service says the Statue of Liberty will be relit tonight for the first time since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. National Park Foundation spokeswoman Marjorie Hall […]

11/09/2012

Statue of Liberty reopens on 126th birthday Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) – The Statue of Liberty is set to reopen to the public on Sunday, the U.S. landmark’s 126th anniversary. The statue has been closed for renovation to its interior, although the public […]

10/25/2012

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