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April 19, 2007
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Secretary Kempthorne to Kick Off National Park Week at Frederick Douglass House National Historic Site

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will officially kick off National Park Week at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23. Secretary Kempthorne will ceremonially reopen the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site then take a guided tour of the house.

National Park Week is an annual, Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of the country’s 390 National Parks. Parks across the country will be hosting events throughout the week from hikes, to picnics, to family and kids days, culminating in Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 28.

Designated in 1988 the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is situated at the historic home of former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass and celebrates Douglass’ life and work. The site was reopened to the public in February of 2007 following a 3-year, $2.7 million preservation project.

Who: Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior
What: Kick-off of National Park Week, celebrating and recognizing the country’s 390 National Parks
Tour of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
When: 1:00 p.m.; Monday, April 23, 2007
Where: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1900 Anacostia Dr., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Media: All credentialed media are invited to attend and photograph the event.
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