Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free
Department of the Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled
"The National Park Service at 100: A Century of Excellence" on Tuesday,
August 16th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in Stewart Lee Udall Department of the
Interior Building's Rachel Carson Room.

In the years following the establishment of Yellowstone National Park in
1872, the United States authorized additional national parks and monuments,
many of them carved from the federal lands of the West. Most were
administered by the Department of the Interior, while other monuments and
natural and historical areas were administered by the War Department and
the Forest Service. No single agency provided unified management of these
federal park lands. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the
act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the
Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks
and monuments then managed by the Department. A later act in 1933
transferred 56 military sites and national monuments from the War
Department and Forest Service to the National Park Service. The National
Park System of the United States now comprises more than 400 sites covering
more than 84 million acres in all 50 states and territories. These areas
are now thought of as being more than just beautiful scenery but also the
schoolhouses of American identity.

Please join Park Ranger Robert Lorenz for a presentation on the origins and
early history of the National Park Service, from the establishment of
Yellowstone through the Service’s first few decades. He will also examine
the evolution of the Park Service since that time and take a special look
at sites of conscience and reflection within the system, such as Manzanar
and Sand Creek.

All that are interested are invited.  The Rachel Carson Room is located in
the basement level of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior
Building, towards the back of and adjacent to the Interior Department
cafeteria.  The Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building is
located at 1849 C Street, NW in Washington.  Space for the program is
limited so please go to the following link to register:

Please also note that we will be offering WebEx webinar access for this
program.  If you are interested in remote live access to this program,
please note it on the online registration form or send an e-mail to
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You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at
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directions.   For more information about DOI Library resources and
services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on August 16th.

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773
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