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Holiday in the National Parks

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Step back into history at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site! This Arizona landmark, opened by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, is one of the oldest operating trading posts on the Navajo Nation. Hear the floorboards creak under your feet as you walk into the trading post and imagine the members of the Navajo Nation purchasing food and merchandise so many years ago.

The Vermeil Room is home to portraits of several first ladies, including that of Lady Bird Johnson located above the mantel adorned with pine cones and glass birds. Mrs. Johnson’s love of nature and commitment to preserving, as she said, “the wilderness, the national parks, the shrines, and the jewels of America,” resulted in more beautiful cities and countrysides across our nation.

Another source of inspiration for all who see it is Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are carved into the majestic Black Hills of South Dakota. These four presidents embody the spirit of freedom “until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away,” as the memorial’s sculptor Gutzon Borglum said. Below Barbara Bush’s portrait sits a terra cotta replica of Mount Rushmore sculpted by Eric Baisas.