During the week of June 10-12, 2008 a group of visiting scholars, hosted by the National Park Service, will be visiting Joshua Tree National Park to reflect on scholarly perspectives related to the park’s history and cultural heritage. Members of the group include Sue Ferentinos, the public history manager for the Organization of American Historians; Cindy Ott, assistant professor of American studies at St. Louis University; Raymond Rast, assistant professor of history at California State University-Fullerton; Laura Watt, assistant professor of environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University; and David Louter, the history program manager for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service. Among the issues they will address are the National Park Service history program and how it relates to the preservation and interpretation of cultural and historic sites at Joshua Tree National Park.
The culmination of the scholars’ visit will be a panel discussion and public forum on Wednesday, June 11, from 7 until 8:30 pm, at the Black Rock Nature Center located in the Black Rock Campground of Joshua Tree National Park, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, California
Members of the community are encouraged to attend, ask questions of the panel, and offer input. The program is free and reservations are not required. For additional information, you may call 760-367-5527.