Over a Wyoming Campfire: The Beginnings of the National Park Service
Tuesday, June 13 — 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join Professor Hamish Lutris to learn about the creation of the National Park Service.
June 13, 2023
Tuesday, June 13
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
In 1872, the United State created Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park, to “conserve the scenery… unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” This was the world’s first national park. Today there are more than 450 national parks in the US and 1200 worldwide.
Join Professor Hamish Lutris to learn about the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, a radical move for its time, to intervene in the health of the nation’s lands. We’ll discuss the history of conservation and how the American wilderness plays an important role in the identity of the American people, as well as outlining the personalities and events that created this, one of the most successful and popular government agencies ever conceived.
About the Presenter
Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History, Political Science, and Geography at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a well-known speaker and instructor throughout Connecticut and the region with long experience in Central Europe, having been involved in education, strategic planning, and international agricultural research cooperation programs there. He has also worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, and has led naturalist and educational programs in both the United States and Europe. His program interests cover a number of areas including Native American history, the US Civil War, World Wars I and II, the American West, as well as Scientific, Social and cultural history.