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Feb 22nd
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California's State Parks system turns 150 years old in 2014, and this year promises to offer visitors an abundance of great things to see and experience as they come to the Golden State for a little fun and recreation.

"This is an exciting time for California State Parks, as we will be commemorating our Sesquicentennial year and looking ahead to the future of the system," said Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.), Director of California State Parks.
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Living West, a groundbreaking new 7,000-square-foot exhibit that explores the living dynamics between the people of Colorado and their state's extraordinary environment, will open Nov. 23, 2013 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

The second of three exhibition phases, the Living West exhibit journeys into the deep relationships between Colorado's people and the land through three stories: life in the Mesa Verde region 800 years ago, the 1930s Dust Bowl on the southeastern plains, and today's Rocky Mountains.
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"Brush, Palette, and Custer's Last Stand," featuring artists who depicted the Battle of the Little Bighorn, is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Gallery of Western Art in Cody, Wyoming.

Assembled from the Center's collection, several paintings, prints, and sketches will be on display for the next two years, offering a glimpse into those fateful days in the summer of 1876.
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The Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County in Central California will be celebrating National Fossil Day on Oct. 19, 2013 with numerous hands-on activities and exhibits meant to engage kids and their parents.

National Fossil Day was created four years ago by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. The variety of activities planned at the Fossil Discovery Center, located in Chowchilla, California, is expected to do just that.
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"Marilyn Monroe: The Exhibit - Hollywood Legend," back by popular demand at The Hollywood Museum, celebrates the fabled actress' life with the nation's largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia (including new acquisitions) presenting an intimate look at her life and legacy.

Open now through Sept. 8, 2013, the scope of the exhibition encompasses Marilyn's costumes, jewelry, furs and accessories from her films; publicity gowns and personal wardrobe; her 1961 Fleetwood Cadillac limousine; original Marilyn Monroe artwork, photographs and documents from her private files; and many of Marilyn's personally owned artifacts.
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The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, has made its final landing at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, bringing the museum's ever-expanding iconic aircraft collection to 43 warbirds, helicopters and jets.

The Starfighter arrived May 9, 2013, and is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Ga. It will be on display for visitors in the museum's 87,000 sq. ft. battle-scarred Hangar 79.
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A maritime museum in the middle of Texas? That's what orgamizers announced May 17, 2013 as they unveiled plans featuring U.S. Navy and other vessels that may have borne the name Dallas in active maritime service or have a connection to the North Texas region.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and other local leaders unveiled plans to build the Dallas Maritime Museum, at a news conference held at the 3.5-acre site of the museum, located in the Cedars neighborhoods on the banks of the Trinity River and minutes from downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center.

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History Colorado kicks off a summer of exploration of local and national military history at the History Colorado Center in Denver with the opening of "The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute" on May 25, 2013.

On view through Sept. 2, 2013, this national traveling exhibition features 116 enlarged photographs that capture unforgettable images of American soldiers, beginning on the Civil War battlefields in 1861, when the new medium of photography first documented the grim realities of war, to the War in Iraq.

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Several stellar exhibitions highlight the upcoming season for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (formerly the Buffalo Bill Historical Center) in Cody, Wyoming, now in its summer operating hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Already on display and remaining so through Aug. 11, 2013, the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition features 75 iconic Western images that have appeared in the magazine over the past 125 years.
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Thomas Jefferson's Bible, a rare national treasure and a unique story of conservation, is coming to Denver, Colo., thanks to a partnership between History Colorado and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

The new History Colorado Center will host "Jefferson's Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth," from March 22 to May 27, 2013. This special limited-engagement viewing offers an intimate window into Jefferson's religious philosophy and extraordinary mind.
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Saddle up for a real Western adventure when the Gateway Arch's Museum of Westward Expansion in St. Louis, Missouri presents its annual Night at the Museum event on March 23, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Attendees will have the chance to meet a variety of historical characters and hear their tales of  settling the American West. The evening of fun will also feature a variety of hands-on activities  for children.
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Buffalo Bill would have been 167 years old on Feb. 26, 2013, but William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody still has a very real presence in Cody, Wyoming, where the Buffalo Bill Historical Center will celebrate the Wild West showman's birthday with a free event Friday, Feb. 22.
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The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, telling the story of a nation mobilized for war, is now open at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, La.

The thrusting glass and steel exhibit space holds a tribute to WWII Medal of Honor recipients and displays huge macro artifacts including a B-17E Flying Fortress - the massive bomber was part of America's "Arsenal of Democracy" that won the war. It now joins one of the world's finest collections of WWII artifacts.

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The daily lives of the early Spanish settlers in New Mexico were made easier by making metal and mud into tools and objects. Out of fire, iron and clay craftsmen created the items necessary to build their colonial world.

Starting Nov. 17, 2012, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, presents "Metal and Mud"- an iron and pottery exhibit showcasing today's artists. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2013 and is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to see a variety of pieces similar to those used by the early Spanish settlers from several hundred years ago.
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Following a complete renovation that started in October 2011, the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming will officially re-open June 15, 2012 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.

Part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's five museums, the Buffalo Bill Museum had a soft opening on May 19 to give the public a sneak peak at the new features.
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After more than two years of construction and development, the History Colorado Center in Denver is now open to the public.

Designed to ignite imaginations of all ages, this 200,000-square-foot, $110.8 million museum treats visitors to a rich experience of exhibits and programs blending technology, media, environments and artifacts.
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North Dakota's state historic sites will open or expand hours for the 2012 summer season, beginning May 16 and continuing through Sept. 15.

The historic sites opening for the season include Gingras Trading Post near Walhalla; Fort Abercrombie, and its interpretive center, near Fargo and Wahpeton; Fort Clark Trading Post near Washburn; and Whitestone Hill near Kulm.
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The Mob Museum, dedicated to tell the story of the real life battle between organized crime and law enforcement, is now open and what better place to call home than Las Vegas.

Opening on the anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Mob Museum, formally known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob's impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world.
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The Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) in Cody, Wyo., now has one of the largest collections of Annie Oakley memorabilia in existence, thanks to a bequest from the family of the late Hollywood actor/producer, William E. "Bill" Self.

Self's daughter, Barbara Self Malone, on behalf of herself and her brother, Edwin B. Self, has presented a large collection of their father's Annie Oakley memorabilita to the BBHC. Over the years, the elder Self had given much of his Annie Oakley collection to the Center, adding to its extensive Buffalo Bill and western history holdings.
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George Washington's only surviving complete set of dentures is among the approximately 100 original objects associated with him now on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Texas.

"Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon" is making its only Lone Star appearance on its national tour, running now through Jan. 22, 2012 at the museum.,
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