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NPS Photographic Exhibit
Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270
Beginning on May 29, 2009, a special exhibit entitled, “America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks,” will be on display at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Marshland Center. This free exhibit features stunning landscape photographs by famed photographer Stan Jorstad, the first professional photographer to photograph all of the National Parks.
Superintendent Chris Stein remarked, “One of our goals is to raise the identity of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway as one of the 394 units of the National Park System. We hope this temporary exhibit featuring the magnificent landscape photographs of Stan Jorstad helps people make the connection between more famous national park units and the national park in their backyard – the St. Croix Riverway. The photographs also serve as an inspiring reminder about why the American people have set aside these special places.”
The photographs capture some of America’s best loved park areas, including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, as well as lesser known, but no less spectacular, locations like Wind Cave and Hot Springs National Parks.
The exhibit will be on display until July 26. Exhibit hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition to the exhibit, visitors can view the Riverway’s 18-minute film, The St. Croix: A Northwoods Journey. Groups may schedule an appointment to tour the exhibit by calling (320) 629-2148.
The Marshland Center is located at 15975 State Hwy 70, Pine City, Minnesota, on the Minnesotaside of the St. Croix River, 5 miles west of Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Call (320) 629-2148 for additional information.
Although they are separate endeavors, the exhibit offers a preview to the September 2009 broadcast on PBS of The National Parks: America's Best Idea, a six-part, 12-hour Ken Burns' film.
Did You Know?
In the Dakota language The St. Croix River is O-Ki-Zu-Wa-Kpa: To meet or to unite, as the waters of a river gather into a lake or two rivers meet or an area where we planted. Dakota and Ojibwe Indians still live near St. Croix NSR.