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 program.

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 https://www.doi.gov/library/park-ranger-speaker-series-registration-form.

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 http://www.doi.gov/library.

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 (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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