Sunday, September 27, 2009

Celebrating U. S. National Parks

I am really looking forward to Ken Burns' latest documentary, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Conservation and historic preservation will be given a platform worthy of those issues, and Burns again will remind us of both the importance and the complexity of American history.

I've only been to a few of our nearly 400 national park units, and I really hope to increase that number substantially as I grow older. Our nation has such a multiplicity of interesting stories, and each of those stories, for good or for ill, is a part of our collective history; they should remind each of us of our contributions to this great nation.

Here are the some of the national park units I've visited so far:
Presidio of San Francisco (CA)
Anacostia Park (DC)
Capitol Hill Parks (DC)
Carter G. Woodson Home (DC)
Constitution Gardens (DC)
Frederick Douglass Home (DC)
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House (DC)
Sewall-Belmont House (DC)
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (GA)
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (LA)
Boston African American National Historic Site (MA)
Lower East Side Tenement Museum (NY)
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (NC)
Colonial National Historical Park (VA)
Maggie L. Walker House (VA)

I hope that everyone who reads this post will check out Burns' latest documentary, and I hope that a visit to one of our national parks will be added to your "to do" list in the very near future.

1 comment:

John said...

I'm glad you posted this, Free. I sat in the cold rain on Saturday night to watch the screening of segments of the National Parks series on the Ellipse. I thought you would enjoy it (the series, not the rain) and I meant to tell you about it. Talk to you soon.