Founded one hundred years ago, on August 25, 1916, the National Park Service is an American invention that was developed gradually over time. As our nation expanded to the West and the beauties of its natural wonders were experienced by many for the first time, people generally felt one of two emotions: a desire to preserve this wilderness for future generations to enjoy, or to exploit it for financial gain. From the beginning, those on the side of preservation and protection made significant use of books, periodicals, and, in particular, photography to generate support for their cause. The exhibition will include a sampling of the publications and photographs that, together, played an important role in making a general public aware of the need to preserve our natural wonders and established support for this new government agency, the National Park Service, to protect and manage these precious resources.
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