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).
The Alterations Team provides reimbursable services for the Main and South Interior Buildings. These include but are not limited to, construction services (painting, electrical, carpentry), weight load surveys, architectural engineering services, fabrication of personnel and organizational signage, award plaques, and picture hanging. Work is performed by contractors with planning, estimating, oversight and inspection services performed by in-house staff.
All requests for work must be sent to the Alterations Services email address at Alteration_Services@ios.do or call 202-208-2222. Please complete a request form (see link below) for signage, nameplates and award plaques.
Helpful Tips and Information
Plan your alterations as far in advance as possible. Most services are contracted and acquisition and scheduling time must be considered.
Weight load surveys are necessary for evaluating load bearing capacity when moving heavy items such as file systems, safes, storage systems, etc. Surveys may take up to several weeks to perform. Additional load bearing support may be required.
An authorized official must commit funds prior to starting work. Payment may be made by Government charge card (preferred) and by Customer Agreement.