Event to honor National Park Service’s 100th anniversary

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, on April 14 Public Lands History Center faculty members will tell short, dramatic stories that reveal the hopeful and troubling episodes of National Park history.

“Dual Natures: Stories from a Century of National Parks” will be held that Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom. The event is open to the public and is a fundraiser for the American West Program.dual natures

The program will also debut the first two titles released under the Public Lands History series with the University of Oklahoma Press imprint. National Parks Beyond the Nation: Global Perspectives on “America’s Best Idea,” edited by Adrian Howkins, Jared Orsi and Mark Fiege, and Sea of Sand: A History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve by Michael M. Geary, will both be available for purchase and author signing.

Faculty speakers include Mark Fiege, Ruth Alexander, Adrian Howkins, Janet Ore, Jared Orsi and Sarah Payne. A brief reception will follow to allow visitors to discuss more about the Public Lands History Center projects.

Donations to the American West Program and the Public Lands History Center can be made online or at the event. For more information, visit its website.

The Department of History and School of Global Environmental Sustainability are co-hosting the program.