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Park to Present Special Program on National Park Souvenirs

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Date: June 25, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307-739-3431

Grand Teton National Park will host a special lecture by Dr. Ken Barrick titled, "National Park Souvenirs: Taking Home the Sacred" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center auditorium in Moose. This program is free and open to the public. 

Souvenirs played important roles in the development of the National Park concept. The earliest souvenirs were objects collected from nature such as pinecones and rocks. Manufactured souvenirs, sold in gift shops, protected natural objects by providing visitors with a keepsake to take home as a memento of their park experience. 

Today, many National Park visitors participate in the tradition of purchasing souvenirs as a tangible representation of powerful memories of park places and experiences. The rich history of these keepsakes will be examined including many rarely seen examples from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. 

Barrick, an associate professor of geography at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, has been doing research in the Rocky Mountains for 25 years, including studies in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

Did You Know?

Close-up of a lodgepole pine cone

Did you know that lodgepole pine trees grow on glacial moraines in Jackson Hole? Glacial moraines are ridges of rocky debris left behind as Ice Age glaciers melted. The soil on these ridges retains moisture and is more hospitable to trees than the cobbly, porous soil on the outwash plain.