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NPS Photographic Exhibit

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Date: May 28, 2009
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?

What looks like a striped fish with several tails is actually the opening of the mussel shell which is hard to see.

Mussels rely on fish to carry their young around until they are old enough to drop to the river bottom. To attract the fish and attach their young, mussels put on displays that make fish think they are fish or other food. The mussel shell, which is all we normally see, is now barely visible.