The Benjamin Franklin Museum store was redesigned to showcase a wide variety of educational and interpretive products, such as apparel and accessories, kitchenware, reproductions, and children’s items.
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Eastern National offers a wide variety of custom-produced publications which explore critical events in U.S. history, including the American Revolution and the Civil War.
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Special attention was placed on the product assortment at our Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial store to focus on the core themes and interpretation, and to ensure the quality and integrity of the products and services that are offered.
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Since 1959, Eastern National has operated the Jamestown Glasshouse, which produces handblown replicas of colonial glass vessels and tableware in addition to contemporary art glass pieces.
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A year ago our friends REI did something different on Black Friday—they shut the co-op’s doors and spent the day outside. This year they’re closing again and Eastern National has decided to #OptOutside with them. Bring your friends and join us at your favorite National Park. Learn more at bit.ly/2dyNvMH ... See MoreSee Less
If you'll be in the Jamestown/Williamsburg, VA area this Saturday, stop by. Eastern National will have a table at the event selling African American publications, 17th-century glass items, Colonial NHP merchandise, and holiday ornaments. ... See MoreSee Less
HISTORIC GREEN SPRING DAY
From Green Spring to Freedom Park, the African-American pathway to freedom
SATURDAY, October 22ND, 10:00-3:00
The Friends of Green Spring, the Colonial National Historical Park, of which Green Spring is a part, the James City County Historical Commission, and Freedom Park invite you to learn more about Green Spring and to follow the African-American journey from slavery in the 1600s to freedom in 1803 at Historic Green Spring and Freedom Park.
The story told at this year’s event begins in Africa, and continues through the early days in Virginia when Sir William Berkeley was governor, as slavery gradually became the law of the land. Throughout the following century, slaves provided the labor force upon which Virginia’s prosperity was built. Freedom came to Green Spring’s slaves in 1803 after William Ludwell Lee, the owner of Green Spring, died at the young age of 28. In his will, he freed his slaves and made provisions for their education and support. The will provided for land for the freed slaves on the “Hot Water Tract” portion of Green Spring, part of which today is preserved as James City County’s Freedom Park, with re-created buildings of the early settlement and an interpretive center with a small museum and many programs.
Family friendly, this event offers something for everyone. Experience the culture of Africa through the telling of the old stories, and the early days in Virginia through the musings of one of Governor Berkeley’s slaves at Green Spring as portrayed by NPS interpretive Ranger Jerome Bridges. Walk the outline of Governor Berkeley’s magnificent manor house and banqueting lodge, larger than the Governor’s Palace built in Williamsburg 65 years later, and hear the story and see a video of Green Spring’s development and evolution. Visit the actual spring from which Green Spring got its name and still flows, cold and clear, to this day. Talk to a Park Service hydrologist about the spring.
View the site and hear the story of the “modest gentleman’s house,” built when Berkeley’s mansion was demolished. It was the home of several generations of the Ludwell family. In 1802, William Ludwell Lee owned Green Spring and freed the Green Spring slaves upon his death.
Interact with interpreters throughout both sites, including reenactors portraying Governor and Lady Frances Berkeley, and an archaeologist who explored Green Spring. At Freedom Park, hear the story of the freed Green Spring slaves from a descendant who traces his lineage back to that time. Interpreters will also discuss the reconstructed houses at Freedom Park built for the newly freed slaves and the subsequent larger settlement called Centerville.
In addition, colonial games, music, dance and crafts for the children provided by students from the Rho Kappa History Club from Jamestown High School. Together, visitors will enjoy an in-depth look at Green Spring’s role in Virginia’s history.
Free Refreshments provided, and a sales area from Eastern National on-site.
There is no parking at the Historic Green Spring site. Parking and free shuttle bus service to Historic Green Spring and Freedom Park is available at two sites: the National Park Visitor Center on Jamestown Island and at Freedom Park on Centerville Rd.
The events at both sites begin at 10am and continue until 3pm. Shuttle bus service begins at 9:30 at both sites.
In case of inclement weather, please see the Friends’ website for updates at www.historicgreenspring.org.
How do your park pictures stand up to these? Today only, take 50% off our Centennial Photo Book at eParks. It makes a great gift or a wonderful addition to your coffee table. goo.gl/gszn7G... See MoreSee Less
Special thanks to the staff at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Park Guide Joan Kapsch, former Cleveland Plain-Dealer Photographer John Kroll, and Eastern National's very own Jennifer Allen for making this amazing guidebook a reality!
HOT off the press: "James A. Garfield: His Life and Legacy." This is the first-ever guidebook for James A. Garfield NHS! It's now available in our Eastern National bookstore!
Everyone at James A. Garfield NHS contributed, but Park Guide Joan Kapsch deserves special thanks for organizing the book, writing the text, and finding nearly all of the historic photos in the book. She was both the brains and the muscle behind the project!
Thanks also to John Kroll, a former staff photographer at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who took the modern photos of the Site; and Jennifer Allen of Eastern National for guiding our book through the publication process. We also appreciate the efforts of the Lake County History Center, the Western Reserve Historical Society, The Library of Congress, and other facilities and organizations that provided valuable and generous assistance!
Come get your copy here at James A. Garfield NHS!
Congratulations to Denice Swanke, the new Deputy Superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve! ... See MoreSee Less
Denice Swanke has been selected as the new Deputy Superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve. She has served as the Superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana since October 2012.
Swanke is moving to the area with her husband Steve and will begin her new position in late November.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Denali National Park and Preserve in time to celebrate the park's 100th birthday in 2017,” said Swanke. “The opportunity to live, work, and play in Alaska has been a dream of mine since junior high school geography class. I am passionate about the National Park Service mission and look forward to opportunities to share that excitement with the many communities of Denali staff, partners, and neighbors.”
Swanke began her federal career in 1990 at Zion National Park. In addition to the National Park Service, Swanke has worked for the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. She has a science degree from Western Oregon University and a master of public administration from the University of Montana.
“I am pleased to welcome Denice to the Denali family at this very special time in the park’s history,” said Don Striker, Superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve. “Her dedication to the values of the National Park Service, collaborative and inclusive approach to land management, and unique leadership skills will be a great asset and help guide us as we begin our next 100 years of stewardship.”
We’re happy that the support we provide helps fund such great events like this. While in town, visit the Eastern National operated Jamestown Glasshouse and Glasshouse Gift Shop for beautiful and functional modern glassware blown with historic 17th century techniques. Your purchases support Colonial National Historical Park - Historic Jamestowne! ... See MoreSee Less
Bacon’s Rebellion Programs at Historic Jamestowne
The 1676 Burning of Jamestown to be Recreated
Jamestown, Va.- Rebellion will be the focus of a special evening tour at Historic Jamestowne on Saturday, September 17. The evening walking tour will take visitors through the colonial town site and present the events leading to the burning of Virginia's 17th-century capital on September 19, 1676. This program marks the 340th anniversary of the rebellion, which was a power struggle between two of colonial Virginia's strongest personalities: Governor Sir William Berkeley and Nathaniel Bacon. The walking tour begins at 7:00 p.m.at the Tercentennial Monument overlooking the James River.
Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, served as the capital of Virginia throughout the 17th-century. In 1676 a major rebellion erupted across Virginia in which citizens chose to follow Nathaniel Bacon, the rebel leader, or Governor Sir William Berkeley, the crown's representative in the colony. The climax of the rebellion occurred on September 19, 1676, when Bacon and his followers destroyed Jamestown by setting fires throughout the town site.
During the Saturday evening walking tour, details of this dramatic event will unfold as visitors experience the conflict through the "eyewitness" account of Thomas Matthew, a burgess in Virginia's General Assembly in 1676. He will lead visitors from one stop in the town site to another to hear the accounts of other eyewitnesses to the rebellion. Controlled fires will recreate the burning of Jamestown as it occurred on September 19, 1676. The walking tour will last an hour and a half and cover a short distance. Visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
During the day on Saturday, join Sir William Berkeley, governor of Virginia, as he recounts his time in Virginia and the unhappy circumstances that led to the rebellion. This program will be held in the Memorial Church at 10:00 am, 12:30 am, and 3:00 pm.
Today we remember the heroic actions of the forty passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 and all of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. In their honor, we will broadcast the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance during this morning's observance, here on Facebook Live. The ceremony begins at 9:45, and the bell ringing will begin shortly after.