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 "Great White Elephants and the National Park Service" on Tuesday, August 20th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm ET in the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's John Muir Room.

San Francisco’s Old U.S. Mint, one of the few buildings that survived the city’s disastrous 1906 earthquake, has been the subject of an intense historic preservation debate since the end of World War II. Its case study illustrates the choice between the “adaptive use” and “surplus disposal” of federal sites, structures, and buildings. Developing conventions that would allow for the continued productive use of these “Great White Elephant” buildings, while not substantially compromising their character, played a significant role as the National Park Service’s approach to historic preservation matured during the mid-twentieth century.  

Please join Dr. John Sprinkle, historian with the National Park Service’s Park History Program, as he takes a look at the balancing act between the preservation of grand historic structures and the reuse and repurposing of these buildings in a modern environment.

To register for this program, please go to the following link:


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.

If the registration link above does not work at your location, you may also register using the Library's online Contact Form at https://www.doi.gov/library/interior-library-contact-form.  Please list the title of the program on the subject line and let us know if you wish to receive webinar access information.

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov 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 August 20th!


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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Phone: (202) 208-3796
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