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Colonial parks celebrate American landscape, history with birthday party

Colonial parks celebrate American landscape, history with birthday party

The National Park Service celebrates more than just patches of land. The nation’s parks and its history go together like Yosemite and its awe-inspiring sequoia trees. Now, the agency prepares to celebrate its 101st birthday across the nation, including bashes at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.

“We are considered the federal agency that leads in historical preservation and activities associated with that,” said Paul Carson, the chief of interpretation and education for the Colonial National Historical Park. His subdivision of the NPS encompasses those sites as well as the Colonial Parkway.

“History is really vital to any nation,” Carson said. “It’s vital because...

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