- This weekend concludes National Park Week, when you can visit the 397 sites in the US National Park System for free. That includes plenty of history-themed parks, including Dayton (Ohio) Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb., San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas, and Fort Point National Historic Site in San Francisco. Visit the National Parks Week website to get more details and download a pocket guide.
Start planning now for the next National Park freebie day, June 9 (in honor of Get Outdoors Day).
- New York City’s Department of Records has debuted a photo database with 870,000 historical images of New York and its municipal operations.
The pictures come from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images. Most in the online gallery are color photos of every city building in the mid-1980s, but you’ll also find crime scene images from the police department, and more than 1,300 Depression-era images taken by photographers of the Works Progress Administration. (Note the gallery doesn’t include the 720,000 photographs of city buildings taken from 1939 to 1941.) Read more about the collection and see a sampling of images here.
- Registration is open for the Illinois State Genealogy Societys (ISGS) Fall Conference, Oct. 19 and 20 in Rockford, Ill. Nine genealogy experts will lead more than 15 workshops on topics such as Breaking Through Brick Walls and Discovering the Real Story of Your Immigrant Ancestors. Friday will also feature youth workshops. Visit the ISGS website for more details or to register.