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Draft of proposed history standards - the good and the bad - sent to Va. Board of Education

“These draft standards are stronger because they reflect the contributions of subject-matter experts, thoughtful citizens, and a broad set of organizations across two administrations,” Secretary of Education Aimee Guidera said. “They better meet Governor Glenn Youngkin’s directive to teach all history—the good and the bad—and will prepare all of Virginia’s students to become informed and engaged citizens and members of our democracy, communities and economy.”

Cherokee Indians in NC sign first pact with US Forest Service

The tribal agreement reduces fire risk, restores oak forests, improves wildlife habitat, creates early successional habitat, promotes cultural tourism and recreation, and reduces risk to tribal trust lands. Most similar tribal agreements involve lands in th western US.

Visitors to 21 national parks in Va. had cumulative benefit to state’s economy of nearly $2 billion

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 22,233,323 visitors to 21 national parks in Virginia spent over $1.2 billion in Virginia in 2021. That spending resulted in 18,000 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of nearly $2 billion.

Annaburg Manor in Manassas named to National Register of Historic Places

Manassas City staff and consultants spent the last year working through the nomination process to recognize the historic importance of the home built as a summer retreat by Prussian-born entrepreneur and Alexandria brewer Robert Portner.

George Liffert of Woodbridge, once a park ranger at Prince William Forest Park, now Superintendent

On May 24, George Liffert of Woodbridge became the new superintendent of Prince William Forest Park, the national park in Triangle where he started his career as a park ranger with the National Park Service (NPS).

Occoquan underscores 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote peak this week.

Free admission to newly updated Virginia Museum of History & Culture Sept. 17

This coming Saturday, Sept.17, 2022, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) will offer free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine's 18th annual Museum Day initiative. Museums, zoos, and cultural centers from all 50 states participate in this annual day to encourage visitors to take advantage of amazing learning experiences.

Historians to lead New Year’s Day hikes at two local parks

Local historians will guide Jan. 1 hikes at Neabsco Regional Park in Woodbridge (morning) and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park in Bristow (afternoon).

National Park Service to oversee “prescribed” fire at Manassas Battlefield Park near Brawner Farm

Manassas National Battlefield Park is preparing for a prescribed fire today, Nov. 18 through Nov. Friday, 22 on about 75 acres near the Brawner Farm (north of US-29 between Pageland and Featherbed Lanes). This window could be extended depending upon weather conditions, according to the National Park Service.

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