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  • ALHF Provides Funding To Help Establish Casa Dra. Concha Meléndez Ramírez NHL | National Park Foundation
    the contributions of Latinos to the American experience says Midy Aponte executive director of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation It is critical for the Latino community and the general public to better understand the role Latinos have played throughout this country s development By pointing to these historic sites we are able to tell a more inclusive story of our American history One that celebrates and honors the stories of all Americans The American Latino Heritage Fund also applauds the designation of the Old San Juan Historic District as a National Historic Landmark Old San Juan is the only existing representation of an almost 400 year old Spanish Colonial city in the United States Its inclusion as a landmark brings attention to Puerto Rico s role in the American story and historic timeline The current composition within the National Historic Landmarks Program and National Register of Historic Places does not accurately reflect the diversity of the nation The Fund helps engage the Latino community and stakeholders involved in historic preservation in identifying historic sites and places essential to understanding the impact of Latino heritage in the United States Funding is applied toward supporting the work of nominations commemorating Latino contributions into the National Historic Landmark Program The National Park Foundation invites the public to learn more get involved and support the American Latino Heritage Fund by visiting www ALHF org or www facebook com AmericanLatinoHeritageFund ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation will assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos for future generations For more information please visit www ALHF org ABOUT

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  • Representative Pearce Joins Support For National Park Service Coin Bill | National Park Foundation
    coin a silver dollar and a clad half dollar Proceeds from this commemorative coin program will go to the National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks for projects and programs that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service There will be no cost to the taxpayers for this legislation We are thrilled to have the support of Representative Pearce for the National Park Service 100 th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation This legislation is a unique opportunity for America s extraordinary national park system The passing of the commemorative coin bill will provide a special way for individuals to mark this significant milestone while simultaneously providing incredible support to these cherished places For more information about the National Park Foundation its mission and work please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks raises private funds that directly aid support and enrich America s nearly 400 national parks and their programs Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks as powerful learning environments and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience enjoy and support America s treasured places www nationalparks org Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To

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  • Exceptional Volunteers And Park Ranger Receive Top Honors From The National Park Service And The National Park Foundation | National Park Foundation
    5 000 hours of volunteer service over the past four years Oppegaard led the creation from scratch of Fort Vancouver mobile applications apps for the iPhone iPad and Android devices He led a team of 20 core collaborators and about 100 other community members who volunteered thousands of additional hours Interpretive material including the vast majority of the content within the apps was created by the team just for this purpose as a way to explore new uses of mobile devices for historic interpretation These free apps have been downloaded and enjoyed by visitors more than 1 000 times Brianna Machuga from Cuyahoga Valley National Park received the Hartzog Youth Volunteer Service Award Brianna volunteers with the park and its partner the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as an actress office worker and program assistant for special events including the Easter Egg Extravaganza and the Polar Express On the Polar Express Brianna presents a program to children who climb aboard in pajamas for a magical trip to the North Pole Brianna also worked on a charity run for children and their families who might not otherwise be able to ride and for those who needed some holiday cheer She worked with the cancer patients on this ride and did an incredible job bringing smiles to their faces She also suggested and implemented a clothing drive for several homeless shelters that resulted in the donation of more than 400 coats hats gloves and scarves The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band from Pinnacles National Park received the Hartzog Group Volunteer Service Award Tribal volunteers collaborated with the park and the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley to conduct two research projects that took an innovative approach to habitat restoration by integrating traditional Native American land management practices with contemporary techniques to restore and protect the natural and cultural processes of a unique California grassland system As part of their studies a traditional burn was reintroduced to the Pinnacles landscape with Tribal elders making the first ignition Tribal volunteerism and involvement is also enriching interpretive stories and programs understanding of the park natural and cultural resources and strategic planning The park hosted its first archaeological field school in 2011 with Amah Mutsun tribal volunteers working side by side with University of California Berkeley archaeologists and students to conduct detailed archaeological surveys Tribal participation fostered a greater learning opportunity for the students and park staff as they relayed cultural practices and philosophies relevant to the past and present through dance song and storytelling Student Organization for Aquatic Robotics SOAR at Isle Royale National Park received the Hartzog Youth Group Volunteer Service Award Designing and building submersible remotely operated vehicles ROVs for combating invasive species at Isle Royale National Park may appear to be an impossible challenge to most high school students but the Dollar Bay High School s SOAR program took on this challenge In the course of 18 months 25 students grades 9 12 participated directly in the project This is approximately one

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  • The American Latino Heritage Fund Unveils New Website | National Park Foundation
    National Park Service raise the profile of American Latino heritage and history through education and curriculums The new ALHF org is the first of many steps designed to strengthen our efforts across the web and social media channels says Midy Aponte executive director of the American Latino Heritage Fund We are continually striving to effectively engage audiences on issues of importance specific to preserving American Latino history and heritage in the U S Recognizing the need for a better shared understanding and documentation of the American Latino experiences in the United States ALHF has developed many platforms from which to share its work and mission Beginning February 11 ALHF will hold monthly virtual townhalls to discuss Latino history and culture via Twitter under hashtag LatinoHeritage Recently ALHF participated in and sponsored a series of events held around Washington D C during the January Presidential inauguration in order to strengthen the voice of the Latino community in the public arena in the United States and beyond These events included the Futuro Talks Latino Power Symposium held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States which brought together leaders of influential Latino organizations in the United States to discuss how Hispanics can increase their participation in civic life Learn more get involved and support the American Latino Heritage Fund by visiting www ALHF org connecting on Twitter American Latino or Facebook www facebook com AmericanLatinoHeritageFund ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation will assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos for future generations For more information please visit www ALHF org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National

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  • NPF’s African American Experience Fund Invites Americans To Dive Into History | National Park Foundation
    00 AM Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Lowndes Interpretive Center Join a ranger to learn general techniques to self sustainability through home gardening Understand the methods of tenant farming and sharecropping in Lowndes County which led to the formation of Tent City The first 20 participants will receive a FREE at home plant starter kit Feel free to bring your own potting materials All events are FREE and open to the public Boston African American National Historical Site Freedom Rising Lowell Lecture Series Giants of Abolition Frederick Douglass John Brown and Abraham Lincoln Thursday January 31 2013 This event launches the new Lowell Lecture Series and the Museum s yearlong commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment the first black soldiers from the north to serve in the Civil War Hear from this noted scholar about how these giants of abolition helped change the course of American history Location African Meeting House 46 Joy Street Boston MA 02108 MLK and Signs of Freedom Now through the end of February 2013 Don t miss this new exhibit of rare photographs by Ernest Withers of Martin Luther King Jr poignant scenes of the American Civil Rights movement and powerful broadsides from organized freedom movements dating back to the 1850s Location Abiel Smith School 46 Joy Street Boston MA 02018 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Celebrating the Legacy of Josephine Pankey Saturday February 9 2013 1 00 3 00 PM With her giving spirit Josephine Pankey refused to let racism tarnish her ambition or defer her dreams With self determination she became a leading philanthropist educator community activist and community developer in Little Rock Arkansas From the Pulpit to the Movement Saturday February 22 23 2013 Reverend James Webb II will commence in dialogue with students at Central High School and Baptist College on the March to Washington Webb a child of the Civil Rights Movement worked to secure voting rights and interfaced with Sheriff Clark on the steps of City Hall in Alabama participated in the Poor People s Campaign leading to the 1963 March on Washington D C Webb will speak on Saturday February 23 to the general public on the subject From Martin to Mandela to Me examining the influences of these individuals on the making of America Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration Saturday February 16 2013 10 00 AM to 4 00 PM For the Frederick Douglass Birthday celebration the theme this year is on Douglass involvement in the Civil War We will have Civil War Re enactors that will portray U S Colored Troops a Civil War exhibit that is housed in a tractor trailer children s activities music house tours and a variety of exhibitors in our visitor center The event is Free Civil War Combat on the Silver Screen Sunday February 17 2013 1 00 PM Explore the history of Civil War combat through scenes from Gettysburg Gods and Generals

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  • The National Park Foundation’s American Latino Heritage Fund Sponsors Latino Inaugural 2013 Symposium | National Park Foundation
    is time to underscore the importance of active participation ALHF s mission is anchored in preserving the full spectrum of American Latino history in the U S by identifying and celebrating historic sites and places essential to understanding the influence of Latinos cultural economic and civic contributions to the American story While the Latino community accounts for approximately 54 million people in the American population Latinos represent only nine percent 9 of national park visitors The American Latino Heritage Fund is working to improve that statistic by focusing Preserving the Full Spectrum of American Latino History Catalyzing a National Dialogue that Shares a More Inclusive Story of the American Experience Opening Channels of Engagement for Participation at National Parks To this end in 2012 the American Latino Heritage Fund dedicated 150 000 needed to open and fund the first year operations of César E Chávez National Monument establishing the 398 th park in the national park system Learn more get involved and support the American Latino Heritage Fund by visiting www ALHF org or www facebook com AmericanLatinoHeritageFund ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation will assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos for future generations For more information please visit www alhf org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks raises private funds that directly aid support and enrich America s nearly 400 national parks and their programs Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks

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  • National Park Foundation Names Valerie Dorian To Role Of Senior Vice President Corporate Partnerships And Strategic Alliances | National Park Foundation
    Foundation s mission Dorian will be based out of the National Park Foundation s headquarters in Washington D C and report to Patricia Nicklin Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer With 20 years in the non profit corporate and agency sectors Valerie s extensive experience make her an exceptional fit for the Foundation s development team said Neil Mulholland We welcome her expertise and insights as we work to develop strategic corporate partnerships enabling us to better protect and enrich America s national parks Dorian comes to the National Park Foundation from The Nature Conservancy where she served as the global lead for corporate marketing partnerships brand marketing and signature programs Prior to her tenure with The Nature Conservancy Dorian held marketing positions at business consulting firms Accenture and American Management Systems as well as Ketchum Public Relations Dorian holds a B A degree in English and Psychology from Indiana University and a M S degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University s Medill School of Journalism For more information about the National Park Foundation and how to support America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks raises private funds that directly aid support and enrich America s nearly 400 national parks and their programs Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks as powerful learning environments and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience enjoy and support America s treasured places www nationalparks org Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s

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  • The National Park Foundation Celebrates 45 Years Of Support For America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    past 45 years to conserve and celebrate our nation s natural historic and cultural treasures and to tell the story of America to millions of visitors from around the world said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar As a result of the legacy of cooperation and philanthropy we have the finest system of national parks in the world and the promise of an even greater future for America s Best Idea This time of year we remember all the things we are thankful for and at the top of the National Park Service s list is the National Park Foundation said NPS Director Jonathan B Jarvis For 45 years the Foundation s Board of prominent citizen philanthropists and incredible professional staff have been our steadfast partners providing a means by which individuals foundations and businesses can show their support for America s national parks And the results are tangible from raising more than 30 million to build the Flight 93 memorial to helping America s children experience their national parks the Foundation is always willing to answer the call From the Grand Canyon to Gettysburg and Yellowstone to Yosemite these places have special meaning to all of us As we celebrate today we know our national parks face new and frightening challenges in the years ahead from a changing climate to daunting budget cuts said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation The National Park Foundation stands with citizens across this nation to meet the challenges our parks face today for the next 45 years and beyond so that our children and their children can experience what it is like to stand on the rocky shores of Acadia witness the towering heights of our Rocky Mountains and understand the history and pride that comes from seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time Through the years the National Park Foundation has worked to meld to the unique and changing needs of the parks including acquiring new park lands recovering valuable artifacts pioneering programs that create the next generation of scientists and scholars building and advancing local park charities restoring America s iconic symbols and raising vital funds for parks devastated by fires floods and even oil spills In more recent years that work continues as the National Park Foundation has raised more than 30 million to build the Flight 93 National Memorial restored and improved 250 miles of waterways and trails connecting parks to communities and promoting healthy lifestyles through the Active Trails program introduced more than 30 000 students to national parks this year through its Ticket to Ride program worked with teachers in all 50 states to embrace national parks as classrooms and centers for active learning honored our country s diverse history and culture through its American Latino Heritage Fund and the African American Experience Fund which provide vital support to national park sites from César E Chávez National Monument to Little Rock Central High School For more information on how to support

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