CALIFORNIA FOREVER: THE STORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

World Premiere

CALIFORNIA FOREVER: THE STORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

(c) Backcountry Pictures

CALIFORNIA FOREVER: THE STORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS (USA, 2012, 60 min.)

World Premiere The dramatic history and scenic beauty of California State Parks – the largest and most diverse collection of state parks in the nation – is illuminated in this film. From Yosemite, California’s first state park, the narrative moves through the individual stories of citizen action that preserved many of California’s most celebrated landscapes as state parks. Historic places that commemorate crucial chapters of the story are also explored, as well as key battles within the history of conservation in America. These victories saved much of that landscape and led to the creation of the National Park Service and the protection of wilderness. The film reveals how the natural beauty and cultural history of California inspired, and continues to inspire, citizens to preserve and protect its storied places – forever. Directed by David Vassar. Produced by David Vassar and Sally Kaplan.

Welcome by Jeffrey Stine, Chair, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History. Introduced by Charles Dunkerly, President, American Conservation Film Festival and Mark Madison, Chair, American Conservation Film Festival Selection Committee.

Discussion with filmmakers David Vassar and Sally Kaplan follows screening.

CALIFORNIA FOREVER: PARKS AND THE FUTURE, part two of this series, will be shown at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 21 at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater

14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

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