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Month: May 2015

Saugus Iron Works NHS

Saugus Iron Works NHS

One National Historic Site near Boston is the Saugus Iron Works NHS. It is the “birthplace of the iron and steel industry in Colonial America.” It produced iron products from 1646 to approximately 1670! Craig and I went for an iron pouring demonstration. We got to carve a design in a sand block and they poured melted iron into the molds and let it cool. Then you got a unique piece of art to take home.   There was plenty…

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National Park Stamps

National Park Stamps

After learning about the National Parks Passport program, we did some more research on the stamps and where to get them. The program was launched in 1986 to encourage people to visit the National Parks. Most parks and landmarks do have stamps, but it is  a voluntary program. We have found our stamps in the visitors centers and gift shops. There is usually a little section with a desk set up and the stamp and stamp pad out. They sometimes…

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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Have you seen the great PBS show The National Parks: America’s Best Idea? It was a 6 episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that came out several years ago. You can rent the DVDs from your library or watch it on Netflix. Craig and I spent some time watching the episodes and it made us want to see our National Parks even more! I  especially loved the story of Margaret and Edward Gehrke from Lincoln, Nebraska. For…

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National Parks Passport

National Parks Passport

In September 2013 my husband Craig and I went to an event at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site in Saugus, MA.  At the visitor center and gift shop, I noticed a whole section for National Park Passports. I had never seen them before. For years Craig and I had wanted to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite and our other National Parks. We decided that day to buy one of the passports and make it our goal to visit as many…

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