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Contact: Jill Staurowsky, 928-638-7099Grand Canyon, AZ- Grand Canyon National Park would like to invite the public to the 7th
annual living history event "Echoes from the Canyon". In place of the park's nightly evening program, visitors can learn about characters from Grand Canyon's past as they come to life and share their stories about life on the rim. Opening night is Friday, June 29 at 8:30 pm at McKee Amphitheater with additional presentations on Friday, July 27; Saturday, July 28; and Sunday July 29.
On Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, park staff will lead cemetery tours in character at the Pioneer Cemetery. Tours start at 8:30 pm, 9 pm, and 9:30 pm, each tour is limited to 50 people. Free tickets will be available at Shrine of the Ages beginning at 7:30 pm. Both living history evening programs will be held outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
During the day on Saturday, June 30; Sunday, July 1; Saturday, July 28; and Sunday, July 29, park staff and special guests will present special demonstrations including historical photography, mule packing, children's theater, and Zuni painting and embroidery.
The Grand Canyon is known throughout the world for being a geological marvel, but it also has a rich human history. American Indian tribes have held strong connections with this landscape for thousands of years and continue to do so today. The first non-indigenous explorers were first drawn to the canyon 145 years ago. Since then, people continued to come and engage with the Grand Canyon. A handful of scientists and artists paired up to document its beauty, and their published findings attracted the masses. Quickly, businessmen learned that it was easier to mine the pockets of tourists than the canyon, and soon, a small few realized that even this rugged environment needed protecting from ourselves.
Join us as park rangers get into costume and become more than ten influential characters from Grand Canyon's past. These events are free and open to the public. For more information about any of these events and other ranger programs visit, www.nps.gov/grca/