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National Public Lands Day

America is blessed with the most beautiful landscapes in the world.  Natural wonders across our country — from centuries-old glaciers to miles-wide canyons — offer a window into our past and a vision for our future.  Among our greatest legacies are our National Parks and public lands, steeped in millennia of living history and shaped by incredible geological force.  Today, ...

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A Very Roosevelt Christmas

When in the fall of 1941 a group of Calais notables, including the eminent historian Ned Lamb and businessmen John Trimble and Arthur Unobskey, wrote to President Roosevelt offering the White House a Christmas tree from St Croix Island for the holidays, they had no reason to anticipate the momentous events which were to occur just after the President’s reply ...

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The Grand Canyon

On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument. Though Native Americans lived in the area as early as the 13th century, the first European sighting of the canyon wasn’t until 1540, by members of an expedition headed by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. Because of its remote ...

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