NPSHistory.com has been created for those who are passionate about
our National Parks and for the employees of the National Park Service.
We hope this web site will help everyone to learn about and discuss the cultural
history and natural resources of the National Parks of the U.S. and the
National Park Service.
Our National Parks present an American history textbook a
textbook that educates us about the people, events, buildings, objects,
landscapes, and artifacts of the American past and about the aspirations
and actions that produced those tangible survivors. NPShistory.com is
intended to represent all aspects of this history. Our goal is to offer
a window into the historical richness of the National Park System and
the opportunities it presents for understanding who we are, where we
have been, and how we as a society, might approach the future. This
collection of special places also allows us to examine our past
the contested along with the comfortable, the complex along with the
simple, the controversial along with the inspirational. We hope, in
addition, that these pages will contribute to a national discussion of
history and natural resources of our parks and their importance to
NPSHistory.com was created by two individuals who have a passion for our
National Park System. Dr. Harry A. Butowsky retired in 2012
from the National Park Service in Washington D.C. where he worked as an
historian and manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web
site (NPSHistory.com aims to build upon this legacy). He is the author of
World War II in the Pacific National Historic Landmark Study, six other
Landmark Studies as well as sixty articles on military, labor, science and
constitutional history. Dr. Butowsky has also taught History of World War I and
World War II at George Mason University. His Ph.D. is from Univ. of Illinois.
RD Payne is a long-time National Park Service volunteer who
lives in the Pacific Northwest.
We welcome your input on how we can better deliver that message by
contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note,
we do not accept guest articles). Updates are made on the first
of each month, with minor revisions made throughout the month.
2016 RUSA Award Winner
Best Historical Materials