Fourth Thursday in History A History of the National Park Service

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Date: August 21, 2015
Contact: Kathleen Harter , 906-483-3024

The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916. At the time, there were 35 national parks and monuments to look after—national parks and monuments had already been created at Yellowstone, Yosemite, and many other spectacular places—but they weren't united under a single banner until Congress established the NPS to protect and interpret these treasures on behalf of the American people. Now there are 408 units within the national park system, including Keweenaw National Historical Park. A lot has changed in 99 years, but our mission to protect and interpret special places has stayed the same.

Come hear Professor Russ Magnaghi, a historian from Northern Michigan University, share a history of the National Park Service, describe some of the places the NPS protects, and maybe even explain why its rangers wear green and gray.

The presentation will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Calumet Visitor Center, located at 98 Fifth Street (the corner of Fifth Street and Red Jacket Road) in Calumet, Michigan. The event is free and open to the public.

You are also invited to a public reception right before this event. Join us between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to thank outgoing Keweenaw NHP superintendent Mike Pflaum and wish him well in his new position as superintendent of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics.

For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168 or check the web at


Last updated: August 21, 2015

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