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The Natchez Trace Parkway to Offer Photography Program

TUPELO, MS: To celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Natchez Trace Parkway will offer an interactive photography program at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 near Tupelo, Mississippi) on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Continue reading

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Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center

TUPELO, MS – The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Junior Ranger Program

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Mammal Masquerade” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will unmask the mysteries of mammals on the Natchez Trace Parkway, and make their own animal mask to take home. Continue reading

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The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

TUPELO, MS – A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi. Continue reading

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Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, July 26, 2014

TUPELO, MS – The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer-era crafts and skills at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The presentations will show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed, by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Tourism Creates $138.9 Million in Local Economic Benefits

HEADQUARTERS, TUPELO, MS:  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 6 million visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013 spent $138.9 million in communities near the Park.  This spending supported over 1,698 jobs in the local area. … Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Named Best Hiking Destination

TUPELO, MS – For the second year, the Natchez Trace Parkway was named as a category winner for the best hiking destination in Mississippi.  The winners were chosen by a reader survey highlighted in the July/August issue of Mississippi Magazine. As a … Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Welcomes National Park Foundation Transportation Scholar

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway is pleased to welcome Transportation Scholar Joel Barnett.  Now in its 13th year, this program selects emerging transportation professionals to work side-by-side with the National Park Service staff to find solutions that address the growing … Continue reading

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Carol Bradley book signing at The Elephant Sanctuary Welcome Center

Critically-acclaimed author Carol Bradley will visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcome Center to answer your questions and sign copies of her book, “Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top.” Continue reading

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Shirley’s First 15 Years at The Sanctuary

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This is Shirley’s 15th Summer at The Elephant Sanctuary. At 66 years old, she shows no signs of “acting her age.” Continue reading

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Lovelace and Five Gets to Greet Visitors at AMHOF – July 23 in Tuscumbia

TUSCUMBIA — Cloverdale native Kenneth Lovelace, a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and the members of his band the Five Jets, will be on hand at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Wednesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to meet and greet family, friends and fans of their music. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Junior Ranger Program

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Picture This” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will be encouraged to release their inner artist as they explore the park and learn some basics of photography. Participants should bring their own camera, or one may be available to borrow. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway to Host Volunteer Recruitment Event

The Natchez Trace Parkway is excited to host “VolunteerFest!” on July 18 and 19 at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Ridgeland, located at 950 Rice Road. This two-day event will highlight the Parkway volunteer opportunities that are available in the Ridgeland area. Continue reading

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Campfire Program at the Natchez Trace Parkway

Tupelo, MS: Join a park ranger for stories, songs, and fun around a campfire on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This one hour program will meet at the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Trailhead near milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors are welcome to bring their own marshmallows for roasting at the end of the program. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Begins Repairs to Parkway Bridge Town Creek

Tupelo, MS – Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that repairs on the bridge over Town Creek near Tupelo, MS will begin on June 24. Concrete repair and painting of the structural steel will be the major portions of the work to be completed as a part of this project. Work should be completed in the fall of 2014.The contractor for this project is Sweat, LLC of Pensacola, FL. Continue reading

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Florence, AL Celebrate July 4th in McFarland Park

The 33rd Annual Spirit of Freedom Celebration, an annual Shoals tradition featuring live music, food, drinks and fireworks, is set for Friday, July 4 in McFarland Park in Florence. Continue reading

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Hit-Making Drummers to Perform at AMHOF on June 21 in Muscle Shoals

Want to hear some of Muscle Shoals music’s most celebrated drummers play and share stories about their amazing careers? Come to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 21. Jerry Carrigan, Roger Clark, Milton Sledge, Jimmy “BeBop” Evans, Owen Hale and Mickey Buckins will be together for a one-time-only reunion in the museum. Passion, technique, chops, control, dynamics, energy, grooves– these guys have it all and have played on hundreds of hit records. Continue reading

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May Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released

“This year, 489,190 people used the Parkway in May compared to 535,303 who were counted in 2013,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. Continue reading

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