Protecting the New Wonderland: The Origins of the National Park Service

Rocky Mountains and lake view*

The Protecting the New Wonderland exhibit explores the origins of the National Park Service with materials drawn from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library.

Signed by President Woodrow Wilson in August 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service, the federal bureau that protects our national parks and monuments. Several UC Berkeley alumni with conservationist interests – and the lure of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco – played key roles in the formation of the park service.

Dates: February 26 – October 7, 2016

Location: The Rowell Exhibition Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

Curated by: Kathi Neal, Associate University Archivist, The Bancroft Library and by Michele Morgan, Accessioning Archivist, The Bancroft Library

For details, contact The Bancroft Library at 510-642-3782 or visit the Bancroft website.

Post contributed by Alison Wannamaker, Publications and Production Specialist, Library Graphics Office

*Image courtesy of The Bancroft Library.

‘Bear Lake and Long’s Peak.’

Scenes of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, Playground of the World by W. T. Parke, 1890.

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