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Tracking #NPSLIVE Events

With more than 200 National Parks now closed to the public, many sites are beginning to do livestream events, bringing their parks to the public during this period of of social separation. I’m going to try and keep track of a running list of these events here and encourage the use of the hashtag #NPSLive to spread the word! All times Eastern.

Upcoming Events

April 17, 2020

  • 11am – Lowell National Historical Park – Poet Lucy Larcom (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – Frodg Sounds (Facebook)
  • 1pm – Grand Canyon National Park – Ask a Ranger (Facebook)
  • 1pm – Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS (Facebook)
  • 3pm – Santa Monica Mountains NRA – Great Horned Owls (Facebook) (3:30pm Instagram)

April 18, 2020

  • 11am – Mississippi NRRA – Junior Ranger Seed Activity (Facebook)
  • 11am – San Antonio Mission NHP – Reading with a Ranger (Instagram)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)
  • 8pm – Matin van Buren NHS Twitter Chat

April 19, 2020

  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)

April 20, 2020

  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)

April 21, 2020

  • 9am – Northeast Museum Services Center (Facebook)
  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Facebook)
  • 11am – San Antonio Missions NHP – This Land Is Your Land (Facebook)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

April 22, 2020

  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)
  • 11am – San Antonio Missions NHP – Art Workshop (Instagram)

April 23, 2020

  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)
  • 11am – San Antonio Missions NHP – Poetry Workshop (Instagram)

April 24, 2020

  • 11am – San Antonio Missions NHP – Missions Madlibs (Instagram)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Facebook)
  • 1pm – Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS (Facebook)
  • 3pm – Martin van Buren NHS – (Facebook)

April 25, 2020

  • 12 noon – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

April 26, 2020

  • 9am – Martin van Buren NHS – Coffee with a Ranger (Facebook)

April 28, 2020

  • 9am – Northeast Museum Services Center (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Facebook)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

May 1, 2020

  • 1pm – Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS (Facebook)

May 5, 2020

  • 9am – Northeast Museum Services Center (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Facebook)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

Previous Events

April 16, 2020

  • 2pm – Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park – History of Hinchliffe Stadium (Facebook)
  • 2:30pm – Yosemite National Park – Kids Ask Rangers (Facebook)

April 15, 2020

  • 4pm – Capitol Reef National Park – Bats (Facebook)
  • 5:30pm – Yosemite National Park – Mounted Patrol (Part 1, Part 2)

April 14, 2020

  • 9am – Northeast Museum Services Center (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – Wild Mushrooms (Facebook)
  • 1pm – Johnstown Flood National Memorial – Telegraph Messages from May 31, 1889 (Facebook)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

April 12, 2020

  • 6pm – Yosemite National Park – Black Bears (Facebook)

April 11, 2020

  • 12 noon – Little Rock Central High School NHS (Facebook)

April 10, 2020

  • 10am – Andersonville NHS – Cemetery Tour (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (Facebook)

April 9, 2020

  • 1pm – Yosemite National Park – Kids Ask Rangers (Facebook)

April 8, 2020

  • 4pm – Capitol Reef National Park – Fruita Orchards (Facebook)

April 7, 2020

  • 9am – Northeast Museum Services Center – Story Time (Facebook)
  • 11am – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – Migrating Birds (Facebook)
  • 12pm – Lowell National Historical Park – History of Prohibition (Facebook)
  • 12pm – Petrified Forest National Park – Teaching Tuesday (Facebook)
  • 1pm – Johnstown Flood National Memorial (Facebook)
  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS – My Daddy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Facebook)
  • 4pm – Petrified Forest National Park – Teaching Tuesday (Facebook)

April 6, 2020

April 5, 2020

  • 10am – Cuyahoga Valley National Park (live)

April 4, 2020

April 3, 2020

April 2, 2020

April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020

March 30, 2020

March 29, 2020

  • 2pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS – Toni Morrison Remembers (Facebook)
  • 3pm – Little Rock Central High School NHS – Q&A (Facebook)

March 28, 2020

March 27, 2020

March 26, 2020

  • 2pm – LIttle Rock Central High School NHS – The Little Rock Nine Stand Up for Their Rights (Facebook)
  • 5pm – Capitol Reef National Park – Q&A (Facebook)

March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

  • 2pm – Reconstruction Era NHP – Ranger Chat (Facebook)

March 20, 2020

  • 2pm – Reconstruction Era NHP – Walking Tour (Facebook)
  • 3pm – Shiloh NMP – Civil War Uniforms (Facebook)
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June 2018 – Hopewell Furnace Expands & More!

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pennsylvania headlines the list of this month’s new stamps. Photo from 2012.

Acadia National Park | Duck Harbor

Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Sevierville Visitor Center

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site |

  • Buckley & Brooke Office & Store
  • 80th Anniversary 1958-2018

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail |

  • Historic Winter Quarters, NE
  • Sixth Crossing, WY
  • Church History Museum, UT

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

  • Fishlake National Forest – Gooseberry, UT
  • Museum of Moab, UT

Oregon National Historic Trail | Three Island Crossing SP, ID

Santa Fe National Historic Trail | Cimarron Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, NM

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail | History Museum on the Square, MO

The Buckley & Brooke Store is a new cancellation location at Hopewell Furance National Historic Site. Photo from 2017

The highlight of this month’s stamps are two new cancellations for the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, located about an hour’s drive to the west of Philadelphia.  Hopewell Furnace is one of three national park system sites with a primary interpretive theme on the history of ironworking.   The first is the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, located just northeast of Boston.  The Saugus Iron Works were the first iron-making facility in the English Colonies, and operated in the mid-1600’s from 1646 to approximately 1670.  The Hopewell Furnace was founded a full century later in 1771.  It operated using charcoal for heat all the way until 1883 when coal-powered steel mills began to take over.  The Tredegar Iron Works were founded in 1831, and are today preserved as the main visitor facility for Richmond National Battlefield Park in Richmond, Virginia. The Tredegar Iron Works were the largest in the Confederate States, and were a critical armory to the Confederate war effort. Like Hopewell, Tredegar faded from prominence with the introduction of steel in the late 19th Century, but did manage to stay in operation through both World Wars and into the mid-20th Century.  The story of the transition to steel can be visited through the National Park Service’s Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in western Pennsylvania.

The first new stamp for Hopewell Furnace of course commemorates the 80th anniversary of the park’s establishment.  The second is for one of the historic buildings preserved in the park, the Buckley & Brooke Office and Store.  In its heyday, Hopewell Furnace functioned as a self-contained company town in which the workers were paid by the company, and in turn bought much of what they needed from the company.  The company town concept bears a lot of similarities to the Blue Heron coal mining community at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in southeastern Kentucky.

If you visit Hopewell Furnace today, you can of course tour the historic buildings, including the historic furnace that is the centerpiece of the park, as well as of course the historic company store and the historic ironmaster’s house.  There are also farm buildings with livestock, which are always a hit with little kids, as well as reconstructed charcoal huts where the charcoal was made that powered the iron furnace.  It is hard to believe today, with Hopewell Furnace largely surrounded by the well-forested French Creek State Park but in the heyday of the Furnace, this area would have been nearly clear cut to fuel the furnace’s continuous need for charcoal.  An exception to that, however, would have been the iron-making community’s fruit orchards – and a visit to Hopewell Furnace in the late summer and early fall can provide the unique opportunity to go apple-picking in a national park, including many heirloom varieties.

Acadia National Park gets an updated cancellation this month for Duck Harbor on Isle au Haut. This photo, from the Schoodic Peninsula is from 2015.

The new stamp for Acadia National Park appears to be an update to the existing stamp for Isle au Haut.  Isle au Haut is a small outlying island, which is only accessible by ferry from the coastal town of Stonington.  Around half of the island is set aside as an outlying unit of Acadia National Park.  Duck Harbor is about four miles from the town of Isle au Haut and is the location of the National Park Service campground and the National Park Service trailheads for the island.

The town of Sevierville in Tennessee is one of many gateway communities to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are located just outside the park’s main visitor center, and are notorious for their crushing traffic congestion.  Sevierville is located at the junction of US Route 441 and Tennessee Route 66, and is a convenient place for the National Park Service to provide information to incoming travelers heading towards the Great Smoky Mountains just before they would reach Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg,

Notable also this month are stamps for three very significant locations on the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.  The Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska commemorates the settlement where the original group of Mormon Pioneers spent the winter of 1846-1847 after being expelled from Nauvoo, Illinois. (See Parkasaurus for June 2017.)  The new Sixth Crossing Visitors Center in Lander, Wyoming marks the difficult crossing of the Sweetwater River by  a later group of Mormon Pioneers in October 1856.  Hit by an early season snowstorm, this group of settlers ultimately had to be rescued  at this spot by supplies of food and clothing sent from Salt Lake City.  Finally, the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah comprehensively tells the story of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail had just added stamps in Moab, Utah and for the Fish Lake National Forest in April 2018.  This first of this month’s stamps appear to be headed for the US Forest Service Offices for Fish Lake National Forest, in addition to the previous stamp for Fish Lake Resorts.  The second stamp is headed to the the Museum of Moab, Utah – the gateway community for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  The town of Moab now has four different cancellation locations for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, as this cancellation joins existing ones at Arches National Park, the Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office, and the town of Moab Information Center.  Unfortunately, and strangely, the Museum of Moab is closed until September 2019.  Go figure.

Idaho’s Three Island Crossing State Park features an Oregon Trail History and Education Center.  It was an important crossing of the Snake River for settlers on the Oregon National Historic Trail.

The Cimarron Chamber of Commerce has an updated Santa Fe National Historic Trail stamp this month. Photo from 2015.

The new stamp for the Cimarron Chamber of Commerce replaces an existing stamp reading “Cimarron, NM” for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, which passed through the area.  Many readers may be familiar with the town of Cimarron, New Mexico as also being the gateway to the famed Philmont Scout Ranch, operated by the Boy Scouts of America.

The History Museum on the Square can be found in Springfield, Missouri.  The Museum is dedicated to the entire history of the city in southwest Missouri, including the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and Route 66, which also passed through the area.

Finally two stamps were actually removed from the Eastern National list this month.

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail | Santa Fe, NM

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail | Santa Fe, NM

These removals reflect the temporary closure of the Santa Fe Offices where the stamps had been housed.  Following rennovations, it is likely that the stamps will be reissued once the office reopens.

Final Shot: The town square in Cimarron, New Mexico. Photo from 2015.
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