Monday, August 20, 2012

Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill Celebrate 96th Birthday of National Park Service

Fort Necessity

For Immediate Release: August 20, 2012
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder 724-329-8131

We’re Turning 96!

Fort Necessity NB and Friendship Hill NHS Celebrate 96th Birthday of  theNational Park Service

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

FARMINGTON, PA: Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service with kid-friendly programs on Saturday, August 25. At Fort Necessity, children can become Junior Archaeologists by identifying artifacts on display in the Visitor Center. Everyone can learn about the famous archaeologist Jean “Pinky” Harrington who found many artifacts, including pieces of the fort, in the 1950s. Visitors can also learn more about Fort Necessity during Soldier Life Programs, which include historic weapons demonstrations. If the weather permits, children can march alongside the soldiers during a drill. Children can also view the new "Emissaries of Peace" Cherokee exhibit and complete two activities that accompany the exhibit. At Friendship Hill, children can participate in the Junior Ranger program and learn more about the life of Albert Gallatin by viewing a new exhibit on loan from the Library of Geneva, Switzerland. A full list of activities is at or
Emissaries of Peace

Albert Gallatin

“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone, especially the children of America, to join the party,” said Superintendent Jeff Reinbold. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone – so visit the park, wander a trail, take in the scenery, or watch a living history demonstration. Children especially enjoy the popular Junior Ranger program where they earn a badge by taking part in kid-friendly activities.”

If you want to share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your trip to a park, the National Park Foundation has created a birthday website to get the celebration going!

The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 397 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at

The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that
revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in Pennsylvania, go to
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