National Park Service

Clean up Congress? Maybe not. But they’re still breaking out the soap
Bipartisan veteran members trade in political differences for soft bristle brushes at war memorials

The Friday morning cleaning crowd was 16 members strong. (Courtesy Michael Waltz)

Soft bristle brushes, a sudsy solution and Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta manning the water hose — that was the scene Friday morning at the Vietnam War Memorial when a bipartisan group of veteran members came together to wash it clean.

The process is “really strict,” said Republican Rep. Mike Bost. A brush that even grazes the ground gets its own “high-pressure” wash before it can touch the wall again.

Mount Rushmore Chief Carver Finally Recognized
National Park Service centennial warrants a long-awaited honor

Luigi Del Bianco, the chief carver of Mount Rushmore. (Courtesy the Mount Rushmore National Memorial's Facebook page)

For its 100th birthday, the National Park Service gave a long-awaited gift to many Italian-Americans and all unsung artists: Italian immigrant Luigi Del Bianco was finally recognized as the chief carver of Mount Rushmore.  

The park service acknowledged on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Facebook page on May 4 that Gutzon Borglum, the designer and chief engineer of the project, had appointed Del Bianco as the monument's chief carver in 1935.  

Jimmy Carter Keeps Adding to Resume
Former president gets to try on a new hat

Former President Jimmy Carter is presented with his ranger hat by National Park Service officials. (National Park Service)

If you think you see a 91-year-old former president while hiking around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer, that would be Ranger Jimmy Carter.  

Over the weekend, the National Park Service made the 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner and cancer survivor an honorary park ranger.