The National Park Service is turning 100! All year long the NPS has promoted the "Find Your Park" movement to encourage people to visit and connect with the wide variety of parks under the NPS. We are encouraging our readers to find their favorite parks by promoting the centennial events of some of the Civil War parks. Be sure to visit and check out some of these events and celebrate the NPS Centennial! For more on the Centennial and "Find Your Park" program visit findyourpark.com.
Summer season at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park: May 30-September 5: The Birthplace will have hours of 8:00AM to 6:45PM and the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek will be open 8:30AM to 4:30PM. This year Abraham Lincoln Birthplace celebrates TWO centennials: that NPS Centennial and the centennial of their own park!
June 4, July 2, August 6: Pottery Program--Kids can make their own clay pots with air-drying clay. This will tie into Native American history in the area. They can make coil or pinch pots, and there are paddles that they can use to imprint designs reminiscent of the mound builders in this region of the country. There won't be a hard-fast rule about it though (especially for tiny kids), the idea is that they get to take something home that they made here.
June 18, August 13: Photographing Butterflies Program--Join a Park Ranger for a walk around Knob Creek. During this program, we will explore the different butterflies found in Kentucky as well as visit picturesque spots at that park of the park. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and wear sunscreen and bug spray! Cameras are encouraged! 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek.
July 16-17: Park Centennial Celebration! -- Park will host a weekend event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the park's existence. Living historians portraying 4 Presidents (Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Taft) who visited the park in the past as well as Abraham Lincoln and LFA Board Member Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) will be in attendance. Events will be held throughout the weekend; special anniversary ceremony and celebration to be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 1:00pm.
August 27-28: National Park Service Centennial Observance--Park will host an event to observe the 100th anniversary of the NPS. Living Historian portraying Woodrow Wilson who signed the Organic Act (that created the NPS) and the park's Enabling Legislation will be on hand to meet and talk with visitors. Re-enactment of the signing of the park's Enabling Legislation and Organic Act will be held.
September 7-8: Walk Through Lincoln's Life--Annual education event hosted by the park where schools (Especially 4th Graders!) are invited to come and learn about various aspects of the life of Abraham Lincoln. Living historians and demonstrators will be on hand to demonstrate various aspects of life on the Kentucky frontier. Past demonstrators include wood working, quilting, rail splitting, Blab School, frontier games and toys as well as a visit from President Abraham Lincoln!
October 1-2: Lincoln Days--Annual event hosted by the Lincoln Days Celebration and the city of Hodgenville. park will staff a booth during the event and have the cabin float in the parade.
For more on these events visit www.nps.gov/abli/index.htm