In support of the Ken Burns' documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, WHRO, provided numerous resources to draw attention to this inspiring and breathtaking film and to engage the local community in the uniquely American story of preserving our natural environment and cultural history. For more information about the national broadcast and related resources, visit the PBS Site

African American History Comes Alive in Hampton Roads
Community outreach efforts help to create a larger discussion about a variety of topics and to help people recognize that national parks preserve a wide variety of history and stories representative of our diverse society. In keeping with this spirit WHRO developed a brochure to draw attention to the region’s rich African American heritage and the significant role that African Americans played in the founding of our democracy. The brochure highlights local landmarks that trace the African American heritage of Hampton Roads. From their arrival in 1619 as indentured servants, to Nat Turner’s 1831 Rebellion, from fighting in the Civil War and later setting up community schools, African Americans have impacted the history and culture of our region and country. The brochure includes a timeline and an easy to follow map to encourage us to explore that rich history and culture. The brochure is available for free download: African American History Comes Alive in Hampton Roads [PDF]

Virginia is home to over 20 National Parks. This 3-minute video offers a tour of National Parks in the Old Dominion.





Clay Jenkinson as President Theodore Roosevelt
On Saturday, September 19, 2009, at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, WHRO welcomed Clay Jenkinson as President Theodore Roosevelt, plus a special preview screening of The National Parks: America's Best Idea. We invite you to hear what President Roosevelt had to say:

Part I
Part II