Teaching with Stamps: Primary resources for teaching America’s history and heritage.
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From breathtaking natural wonders like the Grand Canyon to astounding man-made marvels like Times Square, America is full of awesome landmarks. Our nation stretches from coast to coast and boasts some of the most diverse and incredible landscape in the world. Across that landscape, we have made our mark with structures that commemorate great moments in our history, provide valuable resources to our homes, and defend our nation in times of peril.
America has been commemorating and preserving its national treasures on an official basis since 1872, when Yellowstone National Park was dedicated. Realizing the need for an agency to oversee parks like it, the government established the National Park Service in 1916. Fifty years later, the National Historic Preservation Act created National Register of Historic Places to provide the same service to fabricated landmarks. Today, thanks to these to agencies, 58 National Parks and over 80,000 properties are protected for our enjoyment and for posterity.
How much do you know about these hallowed grounds? Take our quiz to test your knowledge!