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Preview Highlights of Ken Burns New Film: The National Parks: America's Best Idea
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Join your friends and neighbors in the Morefield Campground Amphitheater on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm to watch highlights of the soon-to-be-broadcasted Ken Burns film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Arrive early and bring your picnic dinner and a blanket.
ARAMARK, the park’s concessionaire will provide hot chocolate and cookies. The Mesa Verde Museum Association (MVMA), the park’s educational non-profit partner, will be onsite to sell copies of the documentary series companion hardcover and audiobooks, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea – An Illustrated History, by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, and CDs of the documentary’s inspiring soundtrack. MVMA will also accept pre-orders for the complete broadcast series DVDs, which will be released on October 6, 2009. The Morefield Campground Amphitheater is located about 4.5 miles into the park. Entrance fees will be waived beginning at 5:00 pm.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has spent nearly ten years making this film, tracing the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800’s and following its evolution for nearly 150 years. National parks, a uniquely American idea, set aside special places in the country to be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for all Americans. Burns believes this is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films’ history.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is not a travelogue of national parks, but a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration – set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. It is a biography of compelling characters and a biography of the American landscape and America’s heritage.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, a 12-hour presentation, will air for six consecutive evenings beginning Sunday, September 27 on PBS.
ARAMARK is offering a special America’s Best Idea lodging package which includes: Standard lodging for 2 nights at Far View Lodge inside Mesa Verde NP; seats for 2 on a half-day ranger-guided bus tour of Mesa Verde's ancient sites and cliff dwellings (includes Cliff Palace) and a full DVD set of Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Total package is $349 plus tax and NPS-approved surcharges and does not include meals, gratuities or park vehicle entrance fee. This package is valid from October 6 - October 20, 2009 and April 21 -June 9, 2010. For additional information contact Trudi Rose at 970-564-4313.
Did You Know?
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.