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 [log in to unmask].

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program and/or 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 (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 2262, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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