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Mark your calendars! The Natchez Trace Parkway presents "Dulcimer Day," along with a special Junior Ranger program this Saturday, August 1, 2015. The event includes a special program of dulcimer music, provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association. Learn more: www.nps.gov/natr/learn/news/dulcimer-day-and-junior-ranger-program.htm ...

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Benjamin Franklin proposed the erection of an iron rod on a high tower or steeple on this day in 1750, to test the suspected identity of lightning and electricity. In 1972 Congress designated a colossal seated statue of Franklin in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Learn more: www.nps.gov/inde/benjamin-franklin-national-memorial.htm ...

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Beat the heat by partaking in a water-related activity at a national park near you. Many opportunities await you, including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and boating, at parks like Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Buffalo National River, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Find a park near you: www.nps.gov/index.htm ...

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The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated by President Bill Clinton and Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea, on this day in 1995. The date is also the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the war (1953). Learn more: www.nps.gov/kowa//index.htm ...

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A British and Indian force under Gen. Barry St. Leger left Oswego, New York on this day in 1777, to besiege American-held Fort Stanwix; its defenders, under Col. Peter Ganesvoort, forced the British to withdraw after three weeks. Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, NY, contains a reconstruction of the fort. Learn more: www.nps.gov/fost/index.htm ...

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Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first Postmaster General on this day in 1775. With an annual salary of $1,000 and $340 for a secretary and comptroller, Franklin was responsible for all Post Offices from Massachusetts to Georgia and had authority to hire postmasters as necessary. His tenure ended in 1776 when he was appointed as an Ambassador to France. Learn more by visiting the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Independence National Historical Park. ...

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park was established on this day in 1956, to preserve the site of the the last battle of the Creek War, fought on March 27, 1814. Eastern National has been a proud partner since 1965. Learn more: www.nps.gov/hobe/index.htm ...

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Happy birthday, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site! Established on this day in 1962, the parks preserve the Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay, NY and the site of TR's birth in New York City. Eastern National has been a proud partner of both sites since 1996 and 1975, respectively. ...

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Starts today! 25% off items from our Assateague Island National Seashore store on eParks.com, through 8/3. www.eparks.com/store/home/1091/Assateague-Island-NS-MD-Unit/ ...

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