Nebraska Passport 2016: Norfolk’s Elkhorn Valley Museum

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What if I told you that you knew of at least three famous people from Norfolk, Nebraska? Would you doubt me? Of course you would. Because, in reality, there are at least five famous people from the area. And you likely know who they are. The Elkhorn Valley Museum has a great display of Norfolk… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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My youngest daughter used to joke that the Grand Canyon was “a big hole in the ground.” Now, as an adult, she was excited to visit Grand Canyon National Park on the south rim during our recent trip to Arizona. We had debated going to the Skywalk west of the park. However, we didn’t read… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

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Four great American presidents look out over the South Dakota landscape at Mount Rushmore. Their view is as amazing as the view they provide the millions of people who visit the national monument annually. Mount Rushmore is located near Keystone, in the beautiful Black Hills region of western South Dakota. The tree-lined hills are called… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma

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April 19, 1995. This is the date that American-born terrorism struck in the heartland of America. This is the date that Timothy McVeigh parked a rental truck loaded with explosives in front of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. This is the day that one man ended lives and changed America. More… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: President Lincoln’s home, Illinois

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Presidents Day is a little more special to me after visiting Springfield, Illinois. While spending a week in St. Louis, Lisa and I took a day trip to Springfield, Illinois. It was the home of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, our 16th president, lived in Springfield before his election. His plan was to retire there after serving… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Alcatraz Island, California

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Alcatraz Island was home to one of America’s toughest prisons. It was also here that my brother stepped into the world’s spotlight during the Native American occupation. My brother Johnny was an activist, actor and musical performer. His spoken word inspired many people of all backgrounds. His activism and his eloquent speaking  style came to… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: President Clinton childhood home, Arkansas

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“I believe in a place called Hope.” Those words ended the acceptance speech of then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton at the 1992 Democratic Party convention. Clinton eventually went on to win the 1992 presidential election and re-election in 1996. Clinton referred to his childhood hometown in rural southwestern Arkansas. He said growing up the first… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Homestead National Monument, Nebraska

Imagine getting the opportunity to own 160 acres of land for free. All you had to do was a build a house and improve the land for five years. After that, the land was yours. The Homestead Act of 1862 did just that. President Abraham Lincoln signed the act into law that year. On Jan.… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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For a place called the Badlands, visitors can find this national park a beautiful place to visit. As you look at the jagged edges and rock formations, you’d swear you’re on another planet instead of southwestern South Dakota. The Badlands National Park offers visitors a variety of options in visiting the area. You can drive,… Continue Reading …

National Park Service at 100: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Imagine seeing a tree that is about 225 million years old. You will if you visit the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook, AZ. My daughter Mallory and I took a drive through the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert during our road trip through northern Arizona. The fossilized trees are part of the Late Triassic… Continue Reading …

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