Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free
Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures,
entitled "To Better Serve Our Citizens: The National Park Service's Summer
in the Parks" on Thursday, May 24th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Stewart Lee
Udall Department of the Interior Building's John Muir Room.

In 1968 the National Park Service unveiled “Summer in the Parks,” an
innovative experiment to connect parks with urban communities in and around
Washington, D.C. What began as a summer program to send the District's
urban youth to Catoctin Mountain and Prince William Forest parks, in June
of 1966 grew to become a citywide, summer-long festival, attracting
residents to parks in every quadrant of the city. Pearl Bailey and Cab
Calloway headlined the kickoff event at Meridian Hill Park to an audience
of over 20,000.

By the end of the first summer more than 300,000 people attended Summer in
the Parks events throughout the city: 40,000 children partook in surprise
day trips, and residents flocked to their neighborhood parks where over 350
concerts, movies and dance performances were held. Summer in the Parks
officially ran from 1968 to 1976, but the program lives on in the Fort
Dupont Summer Concert Series, the Hispanic Heritage Festival, and more.

Please join Noel Lopez, Pathways Cultural Anthropologist for the National
Park Service, as he provides a historical overview of the program and
highlights research findings drawn from interviews of participants,
National Park Service employees, and performers who took part in the

All that are interested are invited.  The John Muir 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:

If the link above does not work at your location, you may also register at

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 May 24th!

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 1151, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773
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