Birth of the National Park Service in the United States

Special day today in history! On this date August 25th, back in 1916, the National Park Service was established as part of the United State’s Department of the Interior.
 
When President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” into law, creating the National Park Service as part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. It consolidated management of 14 national parks and 21 national monuments.
 
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill which mandated the agency “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
 
In New York City, the NPS manages 11 sites including the recently-added Stonewall Inn National Monument in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
 
Visualize these 11 treasures below:
 
1. Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton National Monument in Lower Manhattan.
2. Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Monument, Financial District, Manhattan
3. Gateway National Recreation Area

Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area on Staten Island.
4. Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan.
5. General Grant National Memorial

General Grant National Memorial in Upper Manhattan.
6. Governors Island National Monument

Governors Island on New York Bay.
7. Statue of Liberty National Monument

Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island.
8. Stonewall National Monument

Stonewall National Monument in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
9. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace National Historic Site in Manhattan.
10. Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Hamilton Grange in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights.
11. African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument

Keep connected to this guide to creatively visualize more about these special NPS sites in NYC. Let us know if you’ve visited one here in NY or elsewhere.

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