Magazine article National Parks

History Lessons

Magazine article National Parks

History Lessons

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This is the last issue of the National Park Service's centennial year, and what a year it's been. Record numbers of visitors were welcomed to more than 400 park sites across the country, and people have reignited their passion for these special places. We celebrated the creation of several new parks including Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C., which honors suffragist Alice Paul and the fight for voting rights, and Stonewall National Monument in New York, the only site in the park system focused on LGBT history. (See p. 21.)

It's vital that, as our nation grows and evolves, our national parks grow and evolve with it. To understand who we are as a nation, we not only have to look ahead and set our sights on the future, but we also must look back and reflect on our past.

Manzanar National Historic Site was established in 1992. The incarceration camp that once stood there was one of 10 such camps where more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents were imprisoned shortly after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. …

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