Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar, Director Jarvis to Join New Jersey Congressional Delegation to Dedicate America's 397th National Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Newest Addition to National Park Service Family
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PATERSON, N.J.—On Monday, Nov. 7, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will visit Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park to officially dedicate the site as the United States' 397th National Park. Salazar and Jarvis will be joined by U.S. Senator's Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr., Mayor of Paterson Jeffrey Jones, and Chairman of the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority Erik Lowe during the signing ceremony.
Home to one of the nation's largest and most spectacular waterfalls, Great Falls was harnessed to power new industries and played a key role in shaping the American Industrial Revolution and building the U.S. economy. Designated as a National Historic Park by President Obama in March 2009, the National Park Service will continue to work with the State of New Jersey, the City of Paterson, and the community to help ensure that the history and culture of the park is preserved and interpreted for current and future generations of visitors.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senator
Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator
Bill Pascrell, Jr., U.S. Representative
Jeffrey Jones, Mayor of Paterson
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Erik Lowe, Chairman of the Paterson Municipal Utilities Authority
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Site Tour and Dedication Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 7, 2011
9:30 a.m. EDT
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, New Jersey 07501 *Great Falls Overlook on McBride Avenue near Spruce Street
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to Phil Sheridan (NPS) at 215-597-0865