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National Parks

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This topical collection focuses on the establishment of a national parks system in the United States. Items in the collection can be used to address the following questions:
-What is the difference between "conservation" and "preservation"? Which view towards nature seems to influence our national parks system today?
-In United States history, there is often a tension between progress and protection, or change and tradition. How is that tension reflected in the story of the national parks system? Consider the economic demands of a growing nation and the impulse to make the natural world accessible to all members of U.S. society.

Tags: Parks, environment, conservation, preservation, Muir, Sierra Club, Roosevelt

Platt Babbitt Daguerreotype of Niagara Falls

National Museum of American History

Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden

National Portrait Gallery

33c Frederick Law Olmsted single

National Postal Museum

The Magnificent Yellowstone

Smithsonian Channel

Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Yosemite Valley

Smithsonian American Art Museum

John Muir

National Portrait Gallery

"Breathe Easier" Button

National Museum of American History

Theodore Roosevelt

National Portrait Gallery

Roosevelt and his Cabinet

National Portrait Gallery

Stephen Mather Plaque, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

5c National Park Service single

National Postal Museum

Everglades National Park

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum