National Preservation Month - May 2008
Contact: Hallie Larsen, (928) 524-6228 ext. 274
Petrified Forest Celebrates National Preservation Month - May 2008
Petrified Forest— Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns, big cities, state and national parks with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the National Trust has extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country, enabling more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
At Petrified Forest, the month will be celebrated with a variety of activities, including:
Visitors can join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of National Preservation Month in May 2008. “Making Preservation Work!" is the theme of the month-long celebration, which is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.