February 25, 2016
Contact: Neil Howk
, 715-779-3398 ext 1302
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS). On Monday February 29 at 6 pm, the Bayfield Library will host a special presentation titled “The National Park Service…100 Years and Counting”. Neil Howk, Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, will explore some of the history of the NPS and explain efforts to celebrate this anniversary.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the NPS, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established. The first hundred years of the agency have been marked by many challenges, changes, and accomplishments. The NPS is pulling out all the stops to honor its history, but also set the stage for preserving and managing the national park system in the future. The goal for the centennial is to “connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.” Mr. Howk will explain some of the national as well as the local efforts to celebrate this significant milestone.
The program will be held at the Bayfield Carnegie Library located at 37 North Broad Street in Bayfield. It is free to the public.