Did you know that the National Parks Service will turn 100 on August 25, 2016? The National Parks Foundation is using this celebration as a way to encourage people to visit and use the parks, learn about their history, and educate folks so that they will be preserved for the future.
Lee Whittlesey, historian for Yellowstone Park has been studying and writing about the Park for over 35 years. His Death in Yellowstone was originally published in 1995 with this new edition updated through 2013.
If you're not heading to downtown Denver to watch the US Pro Bike Challenge on Sunday (or heading to 1 of the 3 Denver Public Library Branches that will be open!), you may want to take the opportunity to celebrate our National Park Service's birthday with free admission to any National Park!
Colorado's National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites include a wide variety of scenery and history, and are scattered all over the state.
Two displays at the Central Library highlight the art of Charley Harper and Native American artifacts and documents.
An eye-catching display of posters from the Federal Documents collection are featured behind the new Information Desk in Schlessman Hall at the Central Library. These posters highlight the art of Charley Harper, American Modernist (1922-2007). Harper was commissioned to illustrate a series of ten posters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, each showcasing one national park, from Glacier Bay, Alaska to the Atlantic Barrier Islands.
Back in the day camping was cheap entertainment for large families. My dad could fit five kids in a Volkswagen bug (before seatbelt laws) and we'd inch up Golden Gate Canyon. When the car began to roll backwards, that's when we'd stop and pitch our tent.
Consequently, I am a big armchair traveler and have visited many of the 392 national parks via video and just a few in person. My favorite production produced by Ken Burns was shown on PBS last year and is available at the library: The National Parks: America's Best Idea. I have also been fortunate to visit many parks in person. Given that my bucket list is r-e-a-l-l-y long, I use the library's books and travelogues to help me prioritize my trips.