100th Birthday of the National Park Service

Established in 1916 and overseeing a vast number of designated sites, the National Park Service has the responsibility of acting as the steward of this country’s national historic sites, whether they be beaches or houses or parks. It publishes park histories that include structure reports, administrative histories, and cultural landscape reports among other products. A subset of these are its handbooks and series documents that offer a more comprehensive look at a specific park. You can find the national parks by searching this interactive map; did you know that New Jersey has nine national parks?

As has been already stated, the NPS is not just about parks; it also hosts the National Register of Historic Places that list buildings/complexes worthy of preservation. Hudson County has 56 sites on this list that includes both photographs and histories of the structures; you can drill down a little deeper and find Jersey City’s 27 sites.

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